With so much buzz in the news lately, salon hygiene is the number one concern in the beauty industry – as it should be. Unfortunately, the stories of dirty basins and foot fungus are the case of the few and not the many. Most nail salons adhere to a strict policy of cleanliness that is regulated and enforced by provincial governments. That being said, as a frequenter of nail salons you should know what to look for and how to stay squeaky clean.
Here are a 5 important steps to a clean nail salon experience brought to you from our little nail salon in Kenora Ontario:
1 Bring your own instruments from home to your local nail tech
Fortunately, there are products that can kill all the germs and bacteria. It is best to bring your own tools to your local nail salon and they can clean and store them for you. At The Beauty Cabin we follow a strict cleaning procedure. All of our aesthetic implements are sterilized after each use. First, we wash the instruments with soap and warm water then disinfect by spraying and soaking down the instruments in a anti-bacterial solution (alcohol, barbecide, bleach). While the last thing we want is a sterile experience at the salon, if you don’t see evidence of proper cleaning procedures you should find another salon as soon as possible.
2 Look Around
Take a look around the salon when you enter. If you see nail clippings all over the floor and piled up on the manicure stations you can probably assume that health and safety isn’t of great importance at this salon. Does the salon have a clean sink with warm water service and soap available? Your nail tech should insist that you clean your hands with warm soapy water and they should also practice the same level of diligence before starting any service. Take a look at the manicure stations. Are they neat and tidy with fresh linens between each service or are they in disarray with dirty towels from the last three manicures?
Although some may argue that cuticles should not be cut and calluses should not be grated, a properly trained and licensed manicurist understands and practices caution by removing only the dead skin. Live tissue should not be disturbed or removed in any way. Make sure your manicurist is an expert and this shouldn’t be an issue. Although a licence is not always required depending on provincial regulation, it is reassuring to see a legitimate licence from an accredited Canadian career college on display in the salon.
4 Product Knowledge
Quite simply, your nail tech should be very knowledgeable about the products she is using. She should also demonstrate a very high level of confidence with the instruments and tools involved in the day-to-day operations. Don’t hesitate to ask your nail tech about the chemicals in the products they use. After all, these products are generally exclusively sold through wholesalers to beauty salons. They are meant for professional use and your trusted service provider should be able to provide you with these kinds of answers. That being said, these products are generally safe for use. The important thing is to avoid any allergic reactions.
Although infections are rare, if you should notice any redness, irritation, rashes or bleeding you should not hesitate to treat it. Most infections are easily remedied if you do not let them fester. You should see a doctor immediately. They can help you determine if there are any chemicals to avoid when you visit the nail salon. Make sure to keep an open and honest dialogue with your nail tech so that they can document which chemicals to avoid using when working on your nails.