The moment you walk into any of Tenoverten’s four zen-like NYC locations (or the one in Austin, Texas, that founders Nadine Abramcyk and Adair Ilyinsky opened in late 2014), you’ll feel totally okay having skipped yoga. Hushed voices, happy employees, and all that clean-lined interior design create spaces you’d dream of settling in on a Sunday with a cup of tea and good book—something unimaginable at most New York nail salons, with their franticness and fluorescents.
But that low-key vibe doesn’t mean killer nails aren’t the top priority—so much so that the two launched their own line in spot-on shades from deep red to gunmetal to mauvy beige: “We always thought it would be so amazing to offer high-end polishes like Chanel and Dolce & Gabbana alongside niche brands our own,” says Nadine, who is too humble to brag about how well the lacquers in her own collection stay put. And to get back to those happy employees: In addition to expanding their brand, the business partners (who brainstormed Tenoverten during weekly lady dates at sadly subpar salons) are working with Governor Cuomo’s task force to make sure workers are being paid fairly and treated ethically in the wake of the New York Times’s exposé on nail salons. “We feel a huge amount of responsibility as one of the first healthy nail salons to lead the charge to revolutionize the industry for the good of customers and nail salon workers alike,” says Adair. Now all you have to worry about during your manicure is whether you picked the right color. — Lauren Elizabeth