The Collaborative is co-presenting documentary "Nailed It!" at CAAMFest

The Collaborative is co-presenting the documentary "Nailed It". Come check it out.

If you'd like to attend one of the CAAMFest Screeenings, the Collaborative is trying to organize a group rate at $10 instead of $14. Contact Mike Lok if you're interested.


Ever had a manicure? You can probably thank Tippi Hedren, star of Hitchcock’s THE BIRDS. Actually, you can thank the bravery, ingenuity, and sheer determination of 20 Vietnamese refugee women who, in 1975, took intensive training in salon arts courtesy of Hedren’s philanthropy. They turned what they learned into a multibillion dollar industry that supports their families and their community to this day. NAILED IT, a CAAM-funded film, reaches back to uncover this story and introduces key players in the development of the industry. Filmmaker Adele Free Pham treats us to an emotional reunion between Hedren and the women she helped in 1975, and the film make parallels between the harrowing experiences of Vietnamese refugees and current refugee crises worldwide. The film celebrates both the art and soul of nails with fun illustrations by Debbie Allen and Jason DSouza reminiscent of the TV series BROAD CITY. Pham deals with racism, stereotypes and fears about enterprising immigrants with a surprisingly even hand, offering a captivating exploration of how a nail salon ended up on every corner and in every strip mall — and the survival of a community.

— Kat Hughes

Expected attendees:
Director: Adele Free Pham


Producers: Adele Free Pham, Ina Adele Ray, Kelvin Saint Pham
Cinematography: Adele Free Pham
Editors: Jessica Lee Salas, Lewis Erskine
Cast: Tippi Hedren, Kelvin Saint Pham, Charlie Vo, Olivett Robinson

Collaborative is a 2017 recipient of the Governor's Environmental and Economic Leadership Award

On January 17th, 2018 the Collaborative was awarded California's highest environmental honor, the Governor's Environmental and Economic Leadership Award (GEELA). We were thrilled that the GEELA was co-presented to us by California State Senator Nancy Skinner (SD-9 Oakland, Richmond) who commended the Collaborative's work in having nearly 200 salons certified in Healthy Nail Salon Recognition Programs statewide, and for establishing creative and innovative programs like our Microloan Pilot Program which is funded by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

The annual GEELA program is administered by the California Environmental Protection Agency (CalEPA), in partnership with:

  • Natural Resources Agency
  • Department of Food and Agriculture
  • State Transportation Agency
  • Business, Consumer Services, and Housing Agency
  • Government Operations Agency
  • Labor Workforce and Development Agency
  • Health and Human Services Agency

We are proud to have established community based mechanisms of change to positively impact the environmental, economic, social, and health injustices faced by nail salon workers throughout the state.  Our receipt of the state's highest environmental honor is at its roots a reflection of our outstanding partners, collaborations and the brave workers who have come forward to boldly serve as catalysts of change within their community. We are humbled and honored to receive this prestigious award.  

We also congratulate our fellow awardees representing a wide range of public agencies and private industries. 

To view the Collaborative's full newsletter about the award, please visit:

To see CalEPA's full press release, please visit:


AB 1575 -- Thanks for all your support!

Dear AB 1575 Supporters, Collaborative Members and Partners, 

We are disappointed to tell you that AB 1575 (Kalra), a bill to require manufacturers to list ingredients on the labels of professional cosmetics, is being held in suspense in the Senate Appropriations Committee. Unfortunately, that means the bill was not voted on by the full Senate and is effectively dead. 

The California Healthy Nail Salon Collaborative wants to thank you all for your support of this important issue affecting the health of women salon workers in California and their right-to-know what they're being exposed to on the job. We could not have gotten as far as we did without your help. 

We also want to voice a big "thanks" to Assemblymember Ash Kalra for authoring AB 1575 and championing right-to-know for salon workers, and to his legislative aide, Liza Chu, for her deep commitment to the nail salon community.
Of course, shout out to our cosponsors Women's Voices for the Earth, Black Women for Wellness, and the CHANGE coalition for their participation in this effort, 
We will continue working with the nail salon community and NGO, legislative, and agency partners to make sure salon work is not harmful for salon professionals or their customers. 

Thank you!

The California Healthy Nail Salon Collaborative