Our Philosophy

Introducing nail care with a clean conscience.  At The Water Room, we care. We care about your health.  We care about the health of our employees.  We care about our planet. And, while we can’t deny how great a fresh manicure makes us feel, what we really love is clean, healthy, natural nails. We do our research, and we only use products that are as nontoxic and clean as possible without sacrificing performance. We will never use a product on you that we wouldn’t use on ourselves, or our children. That is our promise.

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Our Environment

We are committed to a fume-free environment for our customers and employees. By not offering Acrylic, SNS Powder, Dip Gel, conventional gel services, or even conventional nail polish, our air quality is much better than at other nail salons. We urge you to read the two-part article, Unvarnished, published by The New York Times a few years ago. The story examines the unsafe working conditions and potential health risks endured by those employed in conventional nail salons. It is not ok, and we’re here to set a new standard.

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The Difference

Full transparency.  It’s all about education and understanding.  We have nothing to hide. In fact, our name evolved from a design detail we’ve been calling the water room for years – meaning our technicians, products and processes are in clear view in the center of the salon. One of our founders, Jessica Morse, has been committed to the research and sharing of findings related to non-toxic beauty since 2012.  This is not about jumping on the clean beauty bandwagon; it is the thoughtful creation and design of an experience that sets us apart from every other average nail salon. Read more about our difference in Charleston Magazine and The Charleston City Paper.

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Trusted Brands

All of our polishes are 5-free or better.  That means that at a minimum, they are free of the five most hazardous ingredients commonly found in conventional nail polish: Formaldehyde, Formaldehyde Resin, Camphor, Dibutyl Phthalate, and Toluene. (Read “This Isn’t Pretty” from Bare Beauty founder, Jessica Morse.) We also offer 8 and 9-free polishes, a nontoxic gel-alternative, and other unique products sourced for our signature services – all products are expertly vetted, aka “Bare Beauty Approved”.  They are the cleanest available (as well as cruelty-free, gluten-free and vegan).

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Our Founders

The Water Room is an extension of Bare Beauty Blog which has become a nationally known resource for trusted recommendations on non-toxic beauty and lifestyle products. The Water Room co-founders Jessica Morse and Laura Pelzer are excited to share a vision that has been in the works for more than 4 years to make a high-quality, natural, personalized nail salon available to Charleston residents and visitors. Their combined expertise across beauty and luxury brand development delivers a new and innovative company offering the highest quality nail services in a beautifully designed, yet comfortable setting, with a clean conscience around health and wellness.

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