Cheap Manicures are Causing More Harm Than You Think

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Ever wondered about the person who gives you manicures? Most don't give it a second thought.The New York Times has found that Manicurists are routinely underpaid and exploited, endure ethnic bias and other abuse.

Earlier this month, the NY Times came out with an enormous year-long investigative piece that looks into the city's nail salons. Have you ever wondered how the women providing you with pedicures for $15 a pop can afford to live in such a pricey town? Reporter Sarah Maslin Nir tells us that answer: The horrible truth is that they share cockroach-infested rooms with a dozen other women, while making only $10 a day (sometimes they make nothing at all).

The piece is published in four languages so that more than 100 women that Nir interviewed can read about their lives.

Governor Andrew Cuomo discovered the finding and acted quickly, putting emergency measures into place to protect nail salon workers.

But many are still wondering.. Is boycotting salons going to do more bad than good? Are there salons that don't exploit their employees?

According to i-d: In the week after the Times articles appeared, New Yorkers Pippa Lord and Gillian Tozer launched the campaign #handlewithcare. It's both a website, which provides information about how to help (talk to your manicurist; call the Department of Labor hotline if necessary), and a hashtag, which encourages New Yorkers to share a snapshot of their hand to show they're willing to pay more to ensure ethical labor conditions.

The goal of the campaign is to demand socially responsible service and to show kindness toward others.


Follow @handlewithcarenyc on Instagram to learn more.