When it comes to getting my nails done, I have basically two options: a cheap chain place to get a quick manicure or a spa where I end up spending a couple hundred on basically the same process.

Luckily, there’s a new nail salon in LoHi that provides a perfect hand-to-toe experience, while also allowing you to shop local and relax. It’s called Base Coat and it looks as cool as the quality is exceptional. Instead of using cheap lotions and polish that those chain places use, Base Coat uses Fig & Yarrow products, which are “all organic, vegan-friendly, scented with only essential oils, plant based preservatives and never contain petrochemicals, parabens, sulfates or any other icky stuff,” according to Base Coat.

photo by Chandler Kim

photo by Chandler Kim

This place is also working on its own line of polishes, which are used in the shop now. Instead of smelling like chemicals and not knowing what any of the ingredients are, Base Coat prides itself on taking out those harmful chemicals and only using safe, yet effective ingredients.

“Getting your nails done shouldn’t burn, it doesn’t have to smell – that’s not a normal thing to have happen when you get your nails done,” said Ali Elman, co-owner of Base Coat.

“We’re a lot more conscious of the food we’re putting in our bodies, being organic and local – it’s the same thing with your skincare stuff,” she said. “If you can’t fully understand what’s in it, you shouldn’t put it on your skin. It’s the same thing with your nails.”

Here are 5 other things you should know about Base Coat:

1. #TreatYoSelf

photo by Chandler Kim

photo by Chandler Kim

This is the philosophy inside Base Coat. The experience is intended to offer you beautiful nails, while also allowing you to relax, enjoy a glass of wine and refresh.

2. Base Coat has seasoned owners.

Base Coat is owned by local industry gals Ali Elman and Tran Wills, both of whom have this urban and fashionable taste that you can see has come alive inside the nail salon.

3. There’s a plethora of menu options.

photo by Chandler Kim

photo by Chandler Kim

There are three options for each the manicure and pedicure: quick coat, base coat and luxe coat. I highly suggest the luxe coat pedicure ($50), as it comes with a scrub, deep moisture foot butter and massage, followed by a cooling mist.

4. Shopping is a must.

While I was waiting for my nails to dry, I couldn’t resist gently walking around to see all the jewelry and products Base Coat has for sale. It’s kind of like a boutique within a nail salon, and I definitely indulged. Most of the items are local, but all are trendy, fun and reasonably priced.

5. You can add nail art…

photo by Lindsay Maynard

Nail art might sound like something only Katy Perry can pull off, but Base Coat is the place to start if you want to dabble with something fun. From ugly Christmas sweaters to a bit of line-work and dimension, a little some-something can take your manicure to the next level.