At a New York Salon, Meditation and Manicures Go Hand in Hand –

Last weekend, despite puddles the size of Texas, an impending sleet storm, and my better judgment, I braved the elements to try out a new Manhattan nail salon. Hidden underneath scaffolding, at the base of an apartment complex in Flatiron, I found Sundays—a jewel box–like space outfitted in Danish-inspired decor (think raw wood floors, rattan poufs, and peach leather slingback chairs sourced in Copenhagen).

“Nail care is often about much more than a manicure,” says founder Amy Ling Lin, who dreamt up New York City’s first vegan nail salon while receiving her MBA from Columbia University. Committed to offering a green alternative to the nail industry’s potentially toxic products, Lin created a line of chemical- and cruelty-free lotions, cuticle oils, and 42 polishes, ranging from a milky blush pink to a deep violet loaded with rainbow-hued specs of glitter. And yet, Sundays’s true calling card is its emphasis on meditation: It offers weekly morning and evening classes held in an upstairs lounge, as well as a two-in-one meditation manicure, which I could not say no to experiencing.

As I sat down at the communal wood table, my technician, Sayaka, wove a nail file over my fingers so deftly that it felt like a feather. Lin slipped a pair of sleek gray headphones over my ears and spritzed a lavender essence (jasmine and citrus were other options) in front of me. Birds began to chirp and a soothing male voice instructed me to drift off. Eight minutes of guided meditation later, I opened my eyes to find Sayaka painting a hydrating base coat over my now perfectly lacquered bordeaux fingertips. “We wanted clients to unwind and recharge,” Lin says, before adding with a laugh, “but at the same time, have their nails look pretty.”

51 East 25th Street

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