I love getting manicures and pedicures, but they are pricey and it's hard for me to have time to myself to get one. Not to mention we have all heard horror stories about infected nails, which is bound to turn anyone off getting one!
So what safety issues should you look out for? Here are some tips on things that should make you run from the room if you see them...
Look around the salon to make sure it is hygenic and clean. If nail clippings are left on the floor or the shop looks messy, go somewhere else.
Due to the chemicals, the salon should be well ventilated.
Both you and the nail technition should wash your hands before starting and after finishing. Just because they might wear gloves, it doesnt mean their hands are clean.
Make sure they don't have any skin conditions that can infect you. Also don't go to a salon if you have a hand or foot infection.
Make sure they steralise their equipment before using it on you. This includes foot baths.
If you are ever worried, bring your own tools, or just DIY at home.
Don't get the cuticles cut. Just push back, or leave them alone. You can fix it up at home if you are concerned about infections.
A manicure or pedicure shouldn't be painful. Tell the technician straight away. A manicure or pedicure shouldn't make you bleed either. Your risk for infection is huge once they cut into your skin.
If you have time, watch another customer get it done. Watch if they clean the footspa, reuse the same (dirty) instruments and wash their hands. Make sure they never reuse water or towels to another customer.
If you are pregnant, stay away from nail bars. Due to the chemicals and risk of infection, it is just safer to DIY, your if can't see your toes anymore, get a friend to do it for you. If you really want to go to one, make sure you bring your own tools, ask to be in the most ventilated part of the room or wear a mask.
Nails should be filed in only one direction. Otherwise you will weaken and damage your nail.
Have you ever had a horror story from a nail bar or salon? The only problem I have ever had is that they always cut them too short :(