Brighton is well known for its abundance of vegetarian and vegan offerings, mostly in the form of cafes and restaurants. Imagine our surprise then, when we discovered that The Final Nail on Bond Street is the only place in Brighton to offer a completely vegan manicure. It seems mad that there aren’t more vegan beauty places, but nonetheless, we went down to visit owner and top nail artist Alex Ryan to get our dose of cruelty free beauty.
When we first heard about a vegan manicure, we were a bit confused. What’s not vegan about getting your nails done? As it turns out, potentially a lot. In order to guarantee that her service is entirely vegan, Alex has to make sure that all her products – from the sanitizer to the varnish remover and even the brushes – are all certified vegan (ie. Not tested on animals and containing no animal products).
It’s not just a case of finding the perfect vegan nail polish – which by the way is called Floss Gloss. She has to get it shipped over from the US, making it very exclusive, but she keeps her prices the same as for the non-vegan manicures even though the products cost more. She says this is because she doesn’t think vegans should have to pay more just because of their requirements, and we totally agree.
My experience at The Final Nail was excellent and I’m thrilled with the results. After filing my nails and sorting out my cuticles (I don’t get manicures very often thanks to my student budget), she used Orly’s Bonder basecoat before applying Floss Gloss in Gangsta Boo. She then expertly dotted Floss Gloss in Biscuit onto the base of the nail before applying a Seche Vite topcoat. As you can see from the pictures, the final look was both elegant and playful, and it was a real luxury for me to have someone else do my nails for a change.
The whole experience was friendly and fun, and Alex even forgave me when I immediately smudged two of my nails and fixed them up again with no complaints (sorry Alex!).
The price for a vegan manicure is £25, but if you’re a student like me then you receive 20% off. It’s also worth checking out their amazing nail art – whether you like pineapples or flowers or a classic leopard print, there’s something for you.
I can definitely see myself becoming someone who always has lovely manicured nails so I’ll be back, and maybe next time I’ll try out their gel manicures so I don’t have to worry about smudging them!
By Alice Hudson
The Final Nail, Below Porta, Bond St, Brighton