When it comes to a nail spa, it is more than just about glitter and polish. Hygiene is a very big factor when choosing a nail spa. Getting a manicure or pedicure at an unhygienic nail spa can lead to a range of problems, from minor irritations to major skin infections and transmission of diseases. It is always better to be safe than sorry, and following a few tips might just save your life. If you don’t know how to choose a good, hygienic nail spa, refer to the following guidelines to be better prepared.

  1. Check for Certifications: The spa establishment must have the original license from the State Board of Cosmetology and a poster of the bureau’s Health and Safety Rules displayed in a prominent place, preferably in the waiting area. Also, each manicurist must have individual licenses from the State Board of Cosmetology displayed for customers to see.
  2. Research about the spa before the visit: Researching about any establishment has become so much easier now, thanks to the internet. In addition, talk to the nail technicians and ask a lot of questions. Check their disinfecting procedures and if they use single-use files. If they are not willing to answer your questions, just walk away.
  3. Check for cleanliness: Hygiene is reflected in the way an establishment is maintained. Check for freshly mopped floors and sparkling clean waiting areas. Look around the spa and check if there’s accumulated dust or debris that’s not been cleaned. Small things reveal how careful about hygiene the spa is.
  4. Hand sanitation: Nail technicians should always wear gloves. Most spas disregard this and it’s good to keep away from them.
  5. Station set-up: The interiors of the spa should be neat and organised and technicians should know their job well. Check if the manicurists follow a systematic process and the tables are clean. All disposable items should be properly discarded and all non-disposable items should be disinfected.
  6. Clean bathrooms: spa restrooms should be clean at all times. If you don’t find them as clean as you’d want them to be, take that as a sign.
  7. Ventilation: many chemicals used in a nail spa are toxic and should not breathed in for long periods. There should be enough ventilation to allow the removal of such chemical fumes. If the spa does not have adequate ventilation, then you probably should not choose it.
  8. Don’t allow cuticles to be cut: Cuticles protect your nails from bacteria and it’s best they never be cut. Do not allow your manicurist to remove your cuticles.
  9. Spa visits should never be painful: Manicures or pedicures are never supposed to hurt. If it does, your technician is probably doing something wrong. Make sure to speak up if there’s pain.

Nail spa hygiene is more important than we often think it is. It always pays to be well-informed because it saves you from a variety of risk in the future. Make sure you follow these tips before your next manicure.


Caring for hair extensions can be a bit of pain, but come to think of it, would you be happy with extensions that look good only about a month or so? Of course not. After you’ve forked out the cash to get hair extensions, it is necessary to have a proper hair care routine to maintain them so that they last for a long time. Taking care of hair extensions is an ongoing process, the results of which depend on you, your efforts and knowledge as well as your hair stylist. So, before you take the plunge, take a look at these helpful tips on hair extensions maintenance:

• Check the quality of your extensions. If they are cheap extensions, they will not be able to withstand heat so keep away from flat irons, curling irons, or hot rollers if you don’t want to risk burning your hair as well as the synthetic hair. Cheap synthetic extensions can also melt under heat. Also, let your extensions dry naturally instead of blow drying it.

• Use a detangling spray on the extensions daily and always comb out the tangles. It is advisable to use a comb or brush appropriate for the extensions, because normal combs and brushes can damage the wefts and cause the extensions to loosen or pull out.

• Wash your extensions carefully. Try not to wet them every day since they won’t be getting as dirty as your real hair. Carefully detangle before shampooing, and use a good shampoo to cleanse them slowly. Wet the extensions a little at a time to prevent tangling and use a downward motion when shampooing and rinsing it.

• We all condition our natural hair, right? The same applies to caring for hair extensions too. Choose a good, nourishing leave-in conditioner and use it post shampooing to remove all tangles and keep your extensions frizz-free and smooth.

• If your extensions cannot be removed before sleep or intense physical activity, tie them back in a ponytail to avoid tangles, creases, and to limit their exposure to sweat.

• Avoid subjecting your extensions to chlorine or saline water. If you swim, always make sure to wear a swimming cap.

• Your extensions need to be treated with gentle care if you want them to last for a long time. Go easy on styling, chemicals and anything else that might damage your extensions sooner than their lifespan.

• Hair extensions tend to move up the hair shaft at around six weeks, making them prone to loosen or become uneven. Ratty or damaged extensions aren’t the hottest accessories of the season, so you must make a decision whether you want to keep them, or you think it’s too much work and would like to get rid of them. Either way, a return to the hairdresser to get them sorted is essential at this point.

Hair extensions improve your look dramatically but they need a good, thorough cleaning and caring routine to be at their best. Read up and ask around before making any decision.