SHHH….what your nail salon isn’t telling you!!
Millions of women get manicures and pedicures every year. With the average price of a service ranging between $10 and $50, it’s no surprise that the nail salon industry grosses about 6 billion dollars a year. But what’s supposed to be a luxurious pleasure, could end up being anything BUT if you don’t take necessary precautions to safeguard your health. The spread of bacteria, fungal infections and other skin diseases are a real threat and should be taken seriously. Even if you have been going to the same nail salon for years, there are still some things you may not know about your favorite manicure or pedicure.
Did you know the following secrets?
You should never choose a nail color if the bottle is only half way full. Nail polish becomes clumpy over time or with exposure to the air. To extend the life of the color, some salons will dilute those bottles with nail polish remover or other thinners to make the color easier to remove. In a week or less, you will be back at the salon spending more money for a touch-up. If you want your color to last more than a day or two, bring your own bottle.
Not everything can be sanitized. The metal instruments like your nail clipper and cuticle scissors can be sterilized, if done so properly. But not pumice stones, emery boards and nail buffers. Even those toe separators could have been used before. Bring your own tool kit so you won’t have to worry about getting sloppy seconds.
Don’t shave before your next pedicure. Shaving opens and re-invigorates your pores and increases your chances of infections. It’s okay to have a little stubble on your legs….no one will tell! 🙂
All customers are welcomed, therefore your health is always at risk. You can’t assume each customer that walks through the door is healthy and free from diseases. You can’t also assume that all tools have been properly disinfected and sanitized. Once again, to protect yourself, bring your own manicure and pedicure tool kits. It’s the best way to ensure your safety.
This is not meant to alarm you. Nail spas and salons are a great way to pamper yourself. I frequent them regularly. However, it’s always good to be in the know. An informed customer is a wise one!
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