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Amongst the bustling streets and tech companies of soma, a new haven for non-toxic, self-care has emerged and we are just a little bit obsessed.

In todays meet our mom feature we are focusing on the brains and the beauty behind the nail hall . She is a mother, entrepreneur and one 1/2 of the team that brought us The Beer Hall. This husband and wife team (couple goals!) are on a mission to bring people together in two trendy, urban-chic settings. It’s the perfect marriage of all things we love beer, wine and manicures! 

Meet the women who started it all...

JEN HALL



The Nail Hall is a much-needed addition to the neighborhood! Can you share with us your journey to how it got started and your vision for the gorgeous space?

When my husband and I were building out our craft beer and wine bar, The Beer Hall, 7 years ago I was always griping about not having anywhere to get my nails done. We hadn’t planned on opening our own salon until the opportunity came up to start a new business down the street and we agreed that a non-toxic nail bar is exactly what this resident and worker dense neighborhood could use. My previous career involved reviewing spas and luxury resorts so I had a pretty good idea of the level of service I wanted our guests to experience. As a mom I wanted to make sure our products were especially safe for kids and expecting mamas, and that we had a clean environment for both staff and guests. We created a manicure bar that doubles as a champagne/hors d’oeuvres station during events, installed beer and wine taps, and designed the space to appeal to both women and men. It’s a similar concept as The Beer Hall in terms of offering a service or product and bringing people together, and it’s been awesome to witness people making friends at the mani bar and inspiring each other with non-toxic nail posts over social media.


For moms that are considering going non-toxic with their beauty products, what is your advice and/or reasoning for making the switch?

For me it was knowing that my baby’s face was always touching my skin and my hands would inevitably be in/around my baby’s mouth. Baby skin is so sensitive and since I only use shea butter or coconut oil on my kids it made sense using the same products on myself. Once you go down the rabbit hole of learning about ingredients and wanting to know what’s in your products it’s hard not to want to switch everything to non-toxic.

Photo credit: jen hall

Photo credit: jen hall

As an entrepreneur and mother, how do you maintain a healthy work/life balance?

The struggle is real! Since salon hours are long many days are all work with little to no family time. I rely heavily on my husband (aka super dad), childcare and family help. I try not to go down the path of self loathing and mom guilt and accept that it is what it is right now and won’t always be this way. On the days I’m not at work I try to make dinner and do something fun with the kids. And the nights that I am at work late and already missed bedtime become great opportunities to go out to dinner with friends.

Be gentle with yourself. Try not to compare yourself to others. You know what is right for your kids so stay true to yourself.

How do you find time for self-care? And what does self-care look like for you?

Self-care occurs once a week when I can take a shower and blow dry my hair! I do a Moroccan hammam ritual in the shower and then two face masks while I apply body oil and blow out my hair.


What advice would you give to first-time mothers?

Be gentle with yourself. Try not to compare yourself to others. You know what is right for your kids so stay true to yourself.


If you could give one gift to all the mothers in the world, what would it be?

A standing appointment with an amazing therapist. A mother’s work is never ending and we women are constantly juggling home, family, career, relationships. Having a professional trained to listen and counsel, who is unbiased and 100% there for you is one of the best ways you can support yourself. We all need a cheerleader in our corner. Everything boils down to time or money, and not having enough of one or the other. My gift to mothers would be pre-paid therapy sessions and dedicated time to attend.

photo credit: jen hall

photo credit: jen hall


Finally, what is your go-to nail color currently? Any big nail trends you’re seeing for spring?

It’s hard to deviate from my go-to red, but right now I’m really into pale or nude nails with a geometric design. I’m taking vitamins and drinking lots of water to strengthen and grow my nails, as it’s more fun to showcase art on longer nails. This spring I’m seeing a lot of pastels, monochromatic, or jazzed up with a sparkly accent nail. At The Nail Hall we use Sundays and J.Hannah and both have beautiful options for muted pastels and soft earth tones. Hopefully the biggest trend is the increasing awareness around non-toxic nail care and clean beauty!


We love what Jen has built at The Nail Hall salon. Manicures are such a great way to still feel ‘put together’ during pregnancy and postpartum even if everything else feels a mess! and knowing that your nails can look pretty and still be non-toxic and child safe is a double win. Mama’s this is the perfect place for a mom date with your girlfriends, or for some much needed mama self-care. So if you haven’t already, go check out The Nail Bar, soak your feet and sip on the delicious on tap Kombucha they provide.

Because, you absolutely deserve some pampering!

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