We all love a pamper session at our favorite nail salon. However, there are red flags to take note of – telling signs that you need to get out of that nail salon as fast as you can and never go back.
1. If the pedicure tubs are not clean
“Jetted tubs are a breeding ground for bacteria and should be sanitized for a minimum of 10 minutes with an EPA-registered disinfectant between each service to properly kill the microorganisms that live inside of the jets,” states Mazz Hanna, celebrity nail artist and founder of Mazz Hanna Beauty, in an article by Today. Hanna’s list of clientele includes Julia Roberts, Selma Blair, and Halsey.
“I have noticed some nail salons using plastic liners in the jetted tubs that they then tear holes into to make it look more sanitary, but unfortunately, it is not. More and more salons are offering an alternative to jetted tubs, so I would absolutely recommend going there instead,” Hanna adds.
2. If your cuticles are cut
“They protect the baby nail cells growing under them. If you damage the cuticle you may end up having a permanently deformed nail,” states Dr. Doris Day, a celebrity dermatologist. The cuticle serves as a barrier. It is essential in preventing infection.
“Otherwise it’s a point of entry. And when it’s sliced open, because you or some salon tech doesn’t know what he or she is doing with the nippers, the flood gates are immediately opened for bacteria and fungus to get inside and infect you,” states Simcha Whitehill, popularly known as Miss Pop, in an article by Cosmo. Then what to do about it? Simply push the cuticle back. It doesn’t necessarily have to be cut.
3. If salon tools are not sanitized
It is painstakingly important to have salon tools sanitized. Top salons even utilize autoclave machines to sanitize. Autoclave machines use extreme temperature and pressure to sanitize. They also use paper sanitation packets to ensure good sanitation technique.
“You need your salon to be a sterile environment or you put yourself at risk of infection. The tools should be sterile but environment should be also,” adds in Dr. Debra Jaliman, a New York based dermatologist and assistant professor of dermatology at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, in an article by Today.