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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.