Secret Menu: Pomegranate & Fig Pedicure- $25


Pomegranate extends the life of fibroblasts, the cells that are responsible for the production of collagen and elastin. Collagen and elastin pump up the skin and render it elasticity. This in turn, keeps the skin youthful for years and minimizes the visibility of wrinkles.


The skin requires a good level of water. Due to the Fig’s high water content, they are ideal for improving the skin.

Treat yourself! Pomegranate & Fig Pedicure- $25

Product used: Cuccio Naturale'

Our New Line of Organic SPA Treatments- A natural way of treating your skin...

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  • Lemongrass + Green Tea
  • Mandarin + Mango
  • Lavender + Mint
  • Milk + Honey with White Chocolate

A natural way of treating your skin... The world's most precious certified organic ingredients such as essential oils and herbal extracts are blended with the rare and exotic Argan Oil from Morocco to create a purely organic experience in the spa. Live energized with the healthy and eco-friendly organic lifestyle.

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The SPA Certified Organic products are an evolution in modern solution for earth, body, and soul. This exhilarating system combines Argan Oil from Morocco with nature's purest, most highly bio-active ingredients in a revolutionary approach to skincare.

Powerful, natural antioxidants, rich emollients, the finest herbs, and fruit extracts make the SPA a purely organic spa experience like none other. Soothing, anti-aging, calming, or softening, this simple, complete system deeply moisturizes and rejuvenates the skin as it gently reverses the negative effects of sun damage and the aging process.

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Aloe Vera: Heals & infuses vital moisture to renew any skin condition.

Argan Oil: Revitalizes cell functions that prevent early signs of aging.

Arnica: Intensive healing herbal extract that soothes & repairs damaged skin.

Borage Seed Oil: Restores moisture balance in the skin while increasing elasticity & is anti-inflammatory.

Chamomile: Soothing herbal extract calms the skin.

 Cocoa: Antioxidant-rich ingredient combats free radicals & environmental damage.

 Green Tea: Antioxidant-rich extract that neutralizes free radicals & reverses sun damage.

Honey: Fragrant extract with antiseptic, antioxidant-rich & cleansing properties.

 Jojoba Seed Oil: Highly antioxidant-rich oil deeply moisturizes & reduces skin flakiness. 

Kelp: Restores moisture levels by oxygenating the skin.

Lavender: Aromatherapy oil cleanses, heals & acts as an antibacterial fungicide.

 Lemon: A gentle exfoliant that reduces scars & dark spots, energizes a dull complexion & nourishes the skin with Vitamin C.

Lemongrass: Natural, antiseptic ingredient reduces pore size & regulates oil secretion.

Macadamia Seed Oil: Antioxidant-rich oil that quickly penetrates & hydrates all skin types.

Mandarin Orange Peel: Contains antiseptic & cell rejuvenating properties that refine texture.

Cucumber: Natural anti-inflammatory extract that soothes, refreshes, tones & hydrates.

 Mango: Rich in Vitamin A, this hydrating extract nourishes & regenerates the skin's cells & rebuilds elasticity.

Meadowfoam Seed Oil: Anti-aging oil moisturizes & prevents damage from UV rays.

 Milk: Natural lactic acid exfoliates skin gently for a clearer skin tone.

Olive Oil: Anti-aging oil softens, reduces wrinkles & increases elasticity.

Peppermint: Revitalizing oil cools, soothes, stimulates & invigorates skin.

Safflower Seed Oil: Rich in essential fatty acids – powerful cleansing & hydration.

Sage: Natural toner regulates oil production, disinfects & tightens.

Sea Salt: High levels of magnesium to combat fluid retention, stress & aging.

Shea Butter: Moisturizes, heals, hydrates & promotes cell regeneration.

 Spearmint: Antiseptic extract that naturally cools, soothes, cleanses & tones.

Sugar: A gentle exfoliant that won't damage skin, is alpha-hydroxy rich for glowing skin, & promotes the growth of a healthier, more uniformly colored & textured skin.

 Sunflower Seed Oil: Rich in essential fatty acids, easily absorbed by all skin types.

 Sweet Almond: Eases dryness, soreness & itching for all skin types.

 Vitamin A: Reduces fine lines, prevents age spots & smooths

.Vitamin B5: Maintains water balance in the skin, soothing, healing, & regenerating the skin.

Vitamin E: The “skin vitamin” neutralizes free radicals & reverses effects of aging.

Secret Menu: Milk & Honey Butter Blend Pedicure— $25

Spring is finally here! Show off your hands & feet by treating your nails and skin to our new pedicure!

Milk & Honey Butter Pedicure!— $25

A blend of Milk and Honey naturally helps calm, soothe and moisturize the skin with vital nutrients. Instant, soft to the touch skin with no oily feeling. 24 hour hydration: formulated with time released emollients that moisturize the skin every two hours.

Product used: Cuccio Naturale'


Unless you happen to watch television shows like 20/20 or The Today Show, you probably don’t know that the artificial nails for which so many women have a penchant may be quite dangerous both to the women wearing them and the nail technicians applying them. The kind of facts the research show are the kind of facts that many manufacturers and salons would rather the general public not know. 

Like our skin, nails are porous, absorbing chemicals and compounds right into them. Each time acrylic nails are applied, women are exposed to the chemicals put directly on the nail beds and skin. Local salon owner, Erin Dawson of Inspirations Salon chooses to use LCN gel nails at her salon instead of the potentially dangerous acrylics. She states “Acrylic nails contain harmful chemicals that enter your blood stream every time you have your nails done.” These chemicals, such as formaldehyde and the resin used to apply acrylic nails, have been linked to cancer. Women who apply acrylic nails on a regular basis can be at risk of significant exposure to these dangerous chemicals. 

An increased risk of acrylic nails is the use of methyl methacrylate or MMA, a substance contained in nail adhesives which was banned by the FDA in the 1970s – a substance that continues to be used by many salons due to lack of regulation. Besides causing serious damage to the lungs, permanent damage can be caused to the nail. Extended exposure to MMA can result in complete loss of the nail. Compliant salons have replaced MMA with ethyl methacrylate (EMA), albeit a seemingly less dangerous chemical, one known to cause eye, skin and respiratory tract irritation. 

According to the American Society for Surgery of the Hand, acrylic nails are known to harbor a variety of bacteria and can aggravate nail bed infections. Besides being painful, these infections can require surgery and weaken the immune system. When the acrylic nail is removed, the top layer of the nail is often removed with them. Nails are damaged and weakened. 

Research surrounding the health risks to nail technicians applying acrylics is disconcerting. One Colorado study found six nail technicians diagnosed with occupational asthma –all of which applied acrylic nails. Other studies have found an increased risk of spontaneous abortion in nail technicians, leading some technicians to quit their jobs during pregnancy to reduce the risk. The chemical of most concern to pregnant manicurists has been acrylate (acrylic nail glue). Nail technicians diagnosed with non-Hodgkins lymphoma believe the chemicals used with acrylics to be the culprit. Studies have also found significance in the difficulties nail technicians exhibit with attention, memory, cognitive processing, learning and sense of smell. Air monitoring in salons has detected formaldehyde, acrylic dusts and vapors, dibutyl phthalate, ethanol, acetone and toluene. A majority of Boston nail technicians surveyed responded that the odors at work made them feel sick, specifically the odors associated with acrylic nail glues. Reported symptoms included headaches and skin and respiratory problems. It seems likely that what is hazardous to the workers themselves will also be hazardous to the customer.

For women have become accustomed, if not addicted, to the look of artificial nails, fortunately, there is a healthier alternative free of the formaldehyde and harmful chemicals in acrylics that break down natural nails. The technological breakthrough, Light Cured Gel Nails (LCN), uses a light cured resin to provide a stronger, longer-lasting and healthier nail treatment. The ingredients are gentle and safe enough to be used continually on natural nails. According to Inspirations Salon owner Erin Dawson, “These gels are strong and beautiful, with the look of what your nails would look like if they were your own. There are no plastic tips or glue applied. They are hand-sculpted nails with a natural brilliant shine that never dulls. They will never yellow or crack like acrylics, and you can expect 3-4 weeks before a fill in is necessary.” Other pluses are you won’t be inhaling toxins and the nails are much less prone to breaking and lifting. And because gel nails are non-porous, they actually protect the nail. 

Erin says “Have you ever wondered why the technicians wear masks and close the jars every time after a fill-in? They all know the stuff is harmful.” She adds that the reason most salons don’t offer LCN gel nails is because LCN gel nails are more costly to the salon. Fortunately, there are salons like Inspirations which don’t believe in jeopardizing the health of their customers in order to pay the bills. For Erin, the price of beauty is not worth the price of health. She says “The cost of your nail may be a little higher, but the integrity of your nail is our first priority.” However, when I checked the prices around town, the price of LCN gel nails at Inspirations is comparable to the price of acrylic nails in other salons. Only the discount nail salons which are generally considered less hygiene-conscious were lower in price for acrylics – perhaps the same discount nail salons that pry broken acrylic nails without soaking and cause permanent damage to the nail. 

As is often the case, Americans are behind the times. Approximately 90% of Europeans have already converted to gel nails. But beware; all gel nails are not alike. “Acrylic gel” contains formaldehyde. LCN is one brand that can be depended on to be free of harmful ingredients. 

When Erin Dawson decided to add nail care to the services offered at Inspirations Salon, she was determined not to offer products or services that would be harmful to her customers or staff. As she plowed through the research, she was dismayed to discover the poor hygienic practices of some salons and the risks involved in nail care. In the end, she chose only the best -- hospital grade disinfectants for the spa tub and nail implements, nail polishes free of dangerous chemicals like formaldehyde, toluene, DBP and camphor. And not surprisingly, she chose to use LCN gel nails. It’s the only kind of artificial nail you’ll find at Inspirations Salon. 

Erin makes a good point when she says “If I found out tomorrow that I was diagnosed with a horrible disease, I surely wouldn’t think it could have possibly been linked to my nails.” Yet she adds, “It’s something we all need to think about.” Thankfully, there are a few salons like Inspirations that think about it for those who don’t.

Be a Nail Know-It-All

Did you know that nail problems make up about 10% of all dermatological conditions? It’s true, according to the American Academy of Dermatology, which also supplied the following quick facts about fingernails:

  • Fingernails grow faster than toenails — especially on your dominant hand. On average, fingernails grow 3.5 mm per month, while toenails grow an average of 1.6 mm per month. 
  •  Nail growth rates depend on age, time of year, activity level, and heredity. Women’s nails grow more slowly than men’s, except possibly during pregnancy. Nails grow more rapidly in summer than in winter.
  •  Nail growth is affected by disease, nutrition, medications, trauma, chronic illness, fever, and the aging process.
  •  Nails often reflect our general state of health. Changes in the nail, such as discoloration or thickening, can signal health problems, including liver and kidney diseases, heart and lung conditions, anemia, and diabetes.
  •  Symptoms that could signal nail problems include changes in color, shape, and/or thickness, swelling of the skin around the nails, bleeding or discharge, and pain.
  • Nail problems usually increase throughout life and affect a high number of senior citizens.
  •  Fungal infections cause about half of all nail disorders. They are more common in toenails because the toes often are confined to a warm, moist, weight-bearing environment.
  • Although rare, melanomas can grow under the nail. Melanomas may be mistaken for an injury, so clients should consult a dermatologist if a dark-colored streak appears within the nail plate, if the nail discoloration does not gradually improve, or if the size of the streak increases over time.

What's the difference between UV & LED curing lights?

LED curing lights (light-emitting diode) are made specifically for curing polishes formulated for the LED technology. It typically takes 30 seconds to cure. The LED curing lights are in the same light wavelength spectrum as UV therefore it is a UV LED curing light.  LED lights are the same type of lights found in Christmas lights. 

UV curing lights, the typical type of light found for these machines are fluorescence & incandescence. The type of light is still in the same light wavelength spectrum, UV. These lights can cure all types of polishes and takes typically two minutes.

Both of these types of lights are not any safer than the other. BOTH of these lights are safe because there is not enough power output to cause any significant skin damage. Researchers found these lights are 11-46 times less likely to develop skin cancer when compared to natural sun light. More info/source can be found on the blog below by clicking on the heading.

Study Reaffirms UV Lamp Safety, commonly used for hardening gel-polish are safe

Supporting findings made in earlier studies, the latest independent, peer-reviewed study demonstrates that UV lamps commonly used for hardening gel-polish are safe and do not increase the risk of developing skin cancer. 

Published in the Spring 2013 issue of Photochemistry and Photobiology, the article, “Photobiological Safety Evaluation of UV Nail Lamps,” co-authored by Drs. John C. Dowdy and Robert Sayre, co-inventor of the SPF rating system for sunscreens, set out to determine if traditional fluorescent and LED-type nail lamps produce excess amounts of UV and increase the risk of skin cancer.

The researchers reached several important conclusions about skin safety. First, Dowdy and Sayre found that UV nail lamps exceeded safety expectations. These lamps were found to be significantly less hazardous than expected based on the initial concerns raised by others. The researchers found that UV exposure is so low that a person could put her hands under a nail lamp for 25 minutes a day without exceeding the internationally accepted safe limits for daily workplace UV exposure. Typical nail salon exposures are well within the limits of permissible daily UV exposure.

The researchers also concluded that the risk of developing non-melanoma skin cancer was 11 to 46 times lower than the risks of being exposed to noonday natural sunlight. The data showed that UV nail lamps were safer than both natural sunlight and sunlamps.

The study also mentions two considerations for safe UV nail lamp use. Customers who are taking medication that requires them to avoid natural sunlight without proper protection should be cautious when using UV nail lamps. Also, incorrect bulb replacement and lamp maintenance could be harmful to the skin. 

If consumers are still concerned, the Nail Manufacturer Council on Safety recommends wearing sunscreen or white, fingertip-less gloves. For complete coverage of the latest UV nail lamp study, visit