About Us

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Our philosophy: MERAKI, which is the essence of life! Doing the things we love with absolute passion, devotion and pleasure. Conceptualized by co-founders Karen Torres and Carolann Ruiz, our philosophy focuses on revitalization and relaxation with an emphasis on non-toxic products. The goal was to create an environment that allows one to relax and maximize wellness. At Meraki Nails and Beauty, we strive to provide our clients with an experience that is both health conscious and invigorating. We value the health of our clients and recognize the importance of taking care of oneself in a healthy and beautiful manner. Our vision is to set a higher standard by following strict infection control protocols. Meraki Nails and Beauty can provide both nail care and facial care that is tailored and individualized.

 

Nontoxic and Clean

At Meraki Nails and Beauty, we have taken initiative to provide wellness inspired products that are health conscious, cruelty- free and vegan. Our nail polishes are “5- Free” (meaning free of 5 toxic chemicals) and above. Our polishes are free of:

Formaldehyde– classified as a known carcinogen, often used as a preservative. It is commonly used in building materials, plastics and nail polish. Formaldehyde serves as a hardener and strengthener.

Formaldehyde Resin– a derivative of formaldehyde that forms tough and shiny films, for high gloss and wearability. Can be a skin allergen.

Toulene– Is a toxic chemical substance used in nail polish to provide a smooth application. Toulene has been linked to neurological impairments, respiratory problems and impaired human reproduction.

DBP (Dibutyl Phthalate)– Main role in nail polish is to prevent chipping and increase wear. Possible link to endocrine disruption.

Camphor– Used to give nail polishes high gloss. Sometimes, used in cold remedies and nasal sprays. Linked to nausea, dizziness, headaches and allergic reactions.

Xylene– prevents nail polish from becoming gloppy. Known as a possible allergen and cause irritation to eyes, and respiratory tract.

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 Transparency is key! We take pride in further protecting the health of our clients by not only sanitizing and disinfecting our implements but also sterilizing them as well. This process completely eradicates any bacteria, fungi and viruses that can lead to infection. All stainless steel implements (cuticle pushers, cuticle nippers and nail clippers) are placed in sterilization pouches and inserted into the autoclave. Sterilization occurs when the autoclave reaches temperatures above 200 degrees. Once the sterilization cycle is complete we verify that the implements are appropriately sterilized by checking for color change within the sterilization indicators located in the pouches. Any tools that cannot be sterilized are considered one time use and discarded.

We eliminate the potential for infection by using freestanding pedicure bowls and disinfecting them with hospital grade disinfectant after every client. No pipes or tubes here! Our pedicure stations are thoroughly cleaned after every client and we take pride in being recognized as a clean salon. Our Manicure stations are also wiped down and disinfected after every client to ensure we live up to our clients’ standards.

Founders

                                                                                             Carolann Ruiz                                                                                       carolann

The desire of caring for others has always been a deep-rooted passion for Carolann. This “Meraki” like sentiment turned into a fulfilling career as a Registered Nurse. Carolann has attended Western Connecticut State University for her Bachelor of Science in Nursing as well as Fairfield University for her Master of Science in Nursing. With her long history of caring for others, her desire has smoldered into instituting an idea, a standard to provide a nail salon, which focuses on health promotion and preservation with the use of non-toxic products. Seeing as though there is a need to shift the mindset when it comes to nail and skin care, Carolann believes Meraki Nails and Beauty can assist in change and empower her clients in believing that beauty should not be jeopardized by using harmful products. Carolann believes in the need to focus attention on mind, body and spirit and therefore: If we take care of our bodies, it will take care of us.

And don’t forget, do all things with- MERAKI!

                                                                                              Karen Torres                                                                           karen

Karen has been in the health and beauty industry for 8 years. Throughout her years and experiences, she developed a significant amount of knowledge when it comes to makeup, skin care and nail care. Her priority when entering the beauty industry was to grow, persevere and expand her knowledge. This knowledge has turned Karen into a sought after make up artist who prioritizes her clients and their unique needs first. From face to nails, Karen’s unique quality of listening and attending to her clients stems from her joy of helping others feel beautiful and new! With Meraki, Karen has been able to build a rapport and connect with clients without making them feel rushed or pressured. Educating her clients has always been key. Being able to educate and share her knowledge is why she loves what she does. Bringing awareness to the beauty industry and showing everyone that you can still accomplish the perfect look in a health conscious manner, is another way Karen shows her passion as a beauty expert. Her mission is to provide an environment where her clients can feel relaxed and beautiful.

 

Services

MANICURES

Express-  $10

This service is designed for those on the “Go” in need of a polish refresh.

Classic- $20 | Gel $40 

A perfect manicure which includes, delicate cuticle work, trimming, buffing and shaping. Followed by a soothing complimentary 5 minute aromatherapy hand massage using lotions that contain a unique balance of vitamins, nutrients and essential oils.

Signature- $35 | Gel $45

Dive into our signature manicure which includes all of the above in addition to a gentle sugar scrub which exfoliates and softens the skin followed by a complimentary aromatherapy 10 minute hand massage. Enjoy one complimentary drink.

*Please note: Meraki Nails and Beauty does not remove acrylics, sculpting gel, or gel extensions. Gel polish can be removed. Please see Nail add-on section for Gel-soak off pricing. Please add Gel soak off to your service if necessary when booking online. 

PEDICURES

Classic- $30 | Gel $45

The perfect pedicure which starts with a relaxing feet soak and includes delicate cuticle work, trimming, nail-shaping, foot exfoliation and callus care, followed by a soothing complimentary 5 minute aromatherapy foot massage and hot towel. Finish off with your choice of polish.

Signature- $45 | Gel $55

Indulge in our signature pedicure which includes all of the above. Start off with a hydrating and anti-oxidant enriched sea salt soak, continued with an exfoliating sugar scrub and intense hydration mask which rejuvenates, and brightens skin to a glowing and youthful appearance. Finishing off with a soothing 10 minute aromatherapy foot
massage and your favorite choice of polish. Enjoy one complimentary drink.

*Please note: Meraki Nails and Beauty does not remove acrylics, sculpting gel, or gel extensions. Gel polish can be removed. Please see Nail add-on section for Gel-soak off pricing. Please add Gel soak off to your service if necessary when booking online. 

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