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Nail Salon Safety for Customers


First and foremost, you should work your way through the collaboratives knowledge pathways, and you will gain extremely valuable insight into the simplified list below. The knowledge pathways are not just for home nail enthusiast or nail techs, brands, influencers and creators. The knowledge pathways are for nail salon customers as well. Everyone all needs to be as educated as each other.


1. How clean is the Salon:

If you notice dirty or unkempt workstations, unclean tools, or an overall lack of cleanliness in the salon, it may indicate poor practices that could pose health risks.  gloves should be worn and changed between every client  and between pedicures and manicures.  Gloves worn during Mani or pedi should be taken off before leaving the service station to get items or supplies so germs are not spread to other areas.


2. Lack of Disinfection:

Pay attention to whether technicians properly disinfect their tools and equipment between clients. If you observe reused or inadequately cleaned tools, it raises concerns about cross-contamination. Fluffy brushes and nonporous items cannot be properly disinfected. If you are unsure about the tools to be used on you,  you can ask them to clean them in front of you.  Just because the tools are in a pouch or a different container, doesn't mean they have cleaned properly or at all.


3. Unlicensed Technicians:

Ensure that the technicians working on your nails are licensed professionals. Untrained individuals may lack the necessary skills and knowledge to provide safe and quality services. 


4. Strong Chemical Odors:

Excessive chemical odors in the salon can be a sign of poor ventilation, use of MMA or improper handling of products, which may lead to respiratory issues or skin irritations.  


5. Rushed Services:

If technicians seem rushed or prioritize speed over quality during treatments, it can compromise safety measures such as proper cleaning and disinfection protocols. 


6. Lack of Communication:

A reputable nail salon should have open communication with clients regarding their preferences, concerns, and any questions they may have about safety practices.  If staff members are dismissive or unresponsive, it's a cause for concern.  


7. Inadequate Foot Spa Maintenance:

Check if foot spas are visibly clean between clients.  Ask to see the pedicure spa disinfectant chart.  A failure to maintain proper cleanliness standards in foot spas increases the risk of bacterial infections and other foot-related issues.  Proper disinfection of foot spas takes time, and if you were asked to sit down immediately after someone gets up, even if they wash the bowl, the disinfectant has not had time to work, especially if they just swish it around and then rinse it out.


8. Unsealed or unlabled Products:

Be cautious if you notice bottles without seals or broken seals on products like one use lotions and creams. This could indicate tampering or reuse from previous customers.  Unlabeled bottles are a real concern. Don't hesitate to ask to see the bigger bottles that the products come from to make sure you're getting what you're paying for.

11. One use items:  

Nail files, nail brushes, sanding bands, etc are all one use items.  

12.  You are in charge of your own safety:  

You do not have to have any service that you do not want to have.  You do not have to have a drill used on your nails if you don't want it. You do not have to have your cuticles cut if you do not want them cut. You do not have to let them do anything to you that you do not want to let them do. You do not even have to let them pry your product off your fingernails. If they insist on certain services or aspects of services, you don't want, walk out.

13. Pain free:

Salon services should not hurt and should be a relaxing spa experience.  Read that one again!  It is a nail tech job to beautify your nails and skin not to remove the skin. Things like a cheese graders and skin removal around the cuticles should be concerned and you should consider a real danger to your health. 


12. Unsanitary Pedicure Stations:

Check if pedicure stations have visible signs of cleanliness and proper maintenance. Unclean foot baths or contaminated water can lead to infections or skin issues.  Ensure any what stations are free of the previous clients used tools for implements. Ensure the workstation is disinfected and all dirty tools removed away from the area before your pedicure.


13. Improper Disposal of Waste:

Pay attention to how waste materials, such as used cotton balls, tissues, or disposable items, are handled and disposed of within the salon. Improper disposal practices can contribute to an unclean environment and increase risk of infection.


14. Allergic Reactions:

No nail products, other than creams, acetone, oils alcohol or exfoliants, should touch your skin. If you experience any unusual itching, redness, swelling, or other allergic reactions during or after a treatment seek medical treatment. In the knowledge pathways, there is extensive information about allergies, allergic reactions, and how nail products should be applied safely.  Monomer used in acrylic nails should not be brush on your skin or around your nail and used as a means of leveling product or clean up.  Gel polish should not get on the skin.  A skilled nail technician will make very few mistakes.


16. Inconsistent Pricing:

Agree the cost of your service upfront and ask them to write it down, and if you decide to change your service have them write down how much the difference will be.


17.Unexplained Cuts or Injuries:

Read through the Medi-Ready knowledge pathway for information about first aid.  That should not be taken lightly or condensed into one or two sentences here.

18.Poor Communication on Nail Care Tips:

A reputable nail salon should provide clear instructions on post-treatment care and offer advice on maintaining healthy nails. 

19:  Nail Lamps:  

Nail lamps should be LED and be the correct nanometers, reflective interior and correct number of bulbs to cure correctly.  Lamps loose their effectiveness over time.  Please read the knowledge pathways for understanding uv light and nails lamps. 

It's important to trust your instincts and prioritize your safety when getting your mani and/or pedi. Ultimately, You are responsible for your own safety.

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