Madison’s First Waterless Nail Salon | Laquerus

Madison, WI – Laquerus is Madison’s first waterless nail salon and was founded in 2018 by two local women who saw a need for an elevated, more relaxing nail experience combined with more environmentally friendly products (for the customer, the nail artists AND the environment).

Mention Madison Mom and receive $10 off your first service!

Elevated Experience

Laquerus is an energetic and fun space where you can expect to enjoy popular music, with Netflix streaming in the pedicure area – and Instagram-able walls and decor + engaging conversation. The quality of the services are second to none and the overall experience is very enjoyable.

It’s a great place to relax and treat yourself – or to meet up with girlfriends… or to take your little one(s)! Kids services are 50% off the regular prices.

So what IS a waterless nail service?!

This was a new concept to us as well AND something I was admittedly skeptical about. BUT. Now that I have gone waterless – I’m not sure I’ll go back!

Waterless manis and pedis are much like traditional services, except they skip the hand or foot soak at the beginning. Instead, they use an all-natural foaming cleanser and a warm towel wrap to clean and soften the skin (it’s very relaxing!). There are several reasons:

Reduces Infection Risk: When you go waterless, there’s is no risk of waterborne infection, which can be commonplace in some manicure and pedicure experiences.

Longer Lasting Manicures: Your nails expand when soaked in water, which causes polish to chip prematurely once your nails dry completely and contract back to normal size, hours after your service.

Soaking in the Good Stuff: When your skin is waterlogged, its unable to absorb moisturizing products, like our 100% natural oils, butters, and lotions. Skip the water and let your skin enjoy some TLC.

Saving the Planet: The average pedicure in a traditional nail salon uses up to 15 gallons of water!

What makes Laquerus “non-toxic”?

By being a non-toxic nail studio, Laquerus pledges that all products used on their clients will be free from ingredients that have been found to lead to toxic responses in humans. These ingredients include: phthalates, parabens, petroleum, asbestos, lead acetate, and coal tar. Both their gel and regular polishes are 5-Free at minimum, meaning they are without the following harmful ingredients known to cause health problems including cancer, asthma, skin irritation, and loss of nerve sensation: toluene, dibutyl phthalate (DBP), formaldehyde, formaldehyde resin, camphor.

Nail Art

If you aren’t already – be sure to follow them on Instagram. Their nail artists have incredible talent!

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  1. It’s not the only one! Anaala Salon on Atwood, their Dovetail Beauty Bar has waterless nail services too!! Both are great!


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