When you go to a nail salon, you may feel natural that you have good hands. However, there have been many reports in recent years of people getting a bacterial or fungal infection after a manicure or pedicure at nail salons. This can easily happen if the nail technician does not sterilize their tools before using them on the client
On the other hand, there are certain actions you can take that could make your salon experience much worse. These actions are not the nail technician’s fault either. Therefore, you need to learn what to do before, during, and after visiting a nail salon.
Nail Salon Do’s
Your number one concern is whether they have an autoclave to sterilize their nail tools and equipment. Make sure to ask the technician if they are using the steamer. If they are not human, don’t be treated by them. Or bring your own nail tools and ask if they are using them to fix your nails.
Notice if the hand sink is disinfected. The disinfectant powder takes about 10 minutes to work. Only put your foot in the tub after you know it has been disinfected.
Technicians must change their gloves before treating each new customer. Make sure your technician has a new pair of gloves before they touch your nails.
In the end, researching your local area to find the best nail salon possible is never done. Look up the reviews and see which ones have the most positive feedback.
Nail Salon Don’ts
Never get a manicure or pedicure while there is an open wound on your hands or feet. You also can’t have scales. Any exposed meat is susceptible to infection, so be careful there.
Never wax or shave within 24 hours of cutting a toenail.
Make sure the technician knows not to cut or damage your cuticles. This is a natural barrier that prevents fungi and bacteria from entering the body.
Do not allow the technician to remove your callus with a razor as it will be too harsh on the skin. Preferably a foot file or pumice stone.