Fingers and toes looking a little chipped and dull? Well, before you innocently run off to the closest nail salon for some pampering, make sure that salon is safe and clean. You’re paying for new polish – not the gross bacteria found in some salons that will ruin your nails and skin! Here are 5 signs to look for when making sure your nail salon is a keeper.
Look for that license
The first step to making sure you have a safe mani-pedi is
finding your salon’s license. The license should be in the front where
customers can immediately spot it. If you can’t find it, you may want to try
another salon. Your manicurists absolutely need to be legally qualified – after
all, you’re trusting them with your precious fingers and toes.
Check out the tools
Do you see a box that resembles a toaster oven cleaning all
of the manicure tools? Well, that’s actually not a good sign. This box is a UV
sterilizer – and it does not kill
bacteria. Instead you should be able to spot a bottle of disinfectant that is
changed regularly and really gets rid of those nasty bacteria.
If your pedicurist is not cleaning and disinfecting the
footbath after every use, you should rethink your pedi. You don’t want to wind
up with pretty toes and tons of bacteria – yuck! Make sure the footbath is
washed out with hot, soapy water, filled again, running for 10 minutes, and
then emptied out and dried before you dip your toes in it again.
Cleaning down the manicure station after each mani is an
absolute must. If your manicurist isn’t taking the time to disinfect the table,
replace the used napkins and grab new towels, you may want to paint your nails
yourself. Your manicurist’s table should be clean and well-kept with plenty of
fresh cotton balls and nail files for each customer.
Keep your cuticles
Make sure you walk out of that nail salon with your cuticles
intact! Cutting down cuticles is an absolute no-no. Your cuticles protect your nails from
infection, so make sure your manicurist only pushes them back a smidge or
doesn’t touch them at all. Once you start to cut your cuticles, you may tear the
skin, and those nice and neat nails won’t look so pretty anymore. If you see her reaching for the cuticle
cutters, politely let her know she can skip that step. She’ll understand and
you’ll keep your cuticles safe.
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BY LINDSAY HURWITZ ON 6/30/2014 12:00:00 AM
POSTED IN beauty, nails, nail safety