Nail Salons: Good Health and Hygiene Practices Checklist

Nail salons seem to be on every corner these days. Many nail salons aren’t really clean and hygienic these days. Even nail salons that look trendy or elegant on the outside may not be safe or practice good hygiene.

A nail tech at a poorly-run salon can inflict problems like inflammation and wounds to your nail or nail bed. But did you know they can also transmit viral problems–ranging from warts to fatal diseases like Hepatitis C–when the instruments are not sterilized?

How can you know your nail salon follows good health practices? Read on for helpful tips for choosing a good salon.

1. Start by choosing a nail salon where every technician has a current state license on display. These usually include the tech’s home address, not that of the salon.

2. Check and confirm that all instruments are sterilized properly before they begin your treatment. The tools should be soaked in disinfectant solution for about ten minutes. Ask about their sterilization procedures.

• Bring along your own tools, if possible.

• Some salons store each client’s tools in a separate container, for their use only.

3. Not just the tools, but the workstation and even the nail tech’s hands, should be cleaned prior to beginning any service.

• If they don’t ask you to wash YOUR hands as well, you might decide to leave the salon right away.

4. Manicure customers usually soak their hands for about 10 minutes in fresh, soapy water. If they are not using a disposable plastic bowl, ask or observe how the bowl is cleaned between customers.

5. Same thing applies with with a foot spa. Make sure that they use a plastic foot spa, as they’re less likely to retain minute hair and germs.

• Disposable plastic liners are preferable for this.

• Make sure that they don’t reuse these liners to cut costs.

6. Never allow your cuticles to be cut, with any tool. Cuticles maybe pushed back.

7. If you have doubts about a particular salon, or nail technician, just say “no”. You do have options, from requesting a different tech (awkward), going elsewhere, or even doing your nail care at home, maybe with a girlfriend.

The savings and convenience of stopping in for a quick mani/pedi at a McNails salon can be sadly offset by potential pain and damage to your nails. Be careful in all issues concerning your health, and you will be happier!