As I’ve stated, I have just recently started my Esthetician program at school. Today in class, our topic was sanitation and the importance of it. Discussing sanitation in regards to facials, waxing, and make up, the teacher brushed up on what nail salons are actually supposed to be doing as a requirement to keep a health hazard free environment at their work place. Some of these I have been aware of because of a friend taking Cosmetology, but some stuff I just learned about today that I never knew!
Some basic and quick tips to know before choosing to get a mani/pedi done at a Nail Salon (or even the one you currently go to)
Do you ever pay attention or notice if your nail lady is opening a brand new pack of these every time you come in to get your nails done? I sure do! The salons you go to should be using BRAND NEW PACKS of these tools on EVERY SINGLE person! Never reusing! Think of how gross and dangerous it is to be using the same tools on every single customer who has walked into the salon? These could easily spread infections and bacteria to you and possibly even cause fungus on your nails (gross!). Make sure they open a brand new pack every time or at least (correctly) disinfect the clippers and such.
Always look forward to pedicures because of the comfortable massage chair and bubbled warm water you get to relax your feet in? So did I. Until I learned that these are actually very unsanitary. Why you wonder? Because it is actually something that they cannot clean. It has to do with the internal pipes and dealing with the unsanitary water mixing with the fresh clean water (you know how they drain it out then refill it up).
Better and much more sanitary alternative, rather then soaking your feet in hundreds of other peoples bacteria and/or fungus?
Pedicure bowls (especially with the plastic bags) are much more sanitary and can properly be cleaned and provide clean water for each new client. Maybe not number one on the list or the most relaxing, but it can help save you from a tough battle with nail fungus.
Take a look around, the overall salon should have a clean and trusty appearance. The one I love going to when I treat myself to get my nails done meets these requirements and has it out in the open displayed where clean towels are stored in cabinets, disinfecting it almost always taking places, and new packages are always used every visit I have attended.
This stuffs serious and I know enough people to count on my hand that have gotten fungus from getting their nails done, so beware and take caution for yourself!