Nail Salons!

Now I know what you are thinking… don’t tell me she is going to talk down about shopping centre salons.

Of course not. What I am going to do is educate my lovely queens on what they should look out for wherever they go to get their nails done. These things are small seemingly unnoticeable that could (if not done) put your nails and your health at risk.

Let’s start with something simple. Nail files and buffers. Nails are one of the most bacteria-filled areas in the body. Just think of all the things our hands touch in a day. So when we go and get our nails done, the tools that are used on them, then are contaminated with those bacteria. It is imperative that everything that comes in contact with each individual’s hands is disinfected and sterilised between clients. Now any implements that are metal or ceramic can undergo sterilisation and disinfecting – however, most salons adopt the use of paper-based files and buffers. These cannot be sterilised, and disinfecting is not enough to kill off all the nasties that come with being used on multiple hands. So what do we do with the files and buffers? All GOOD nail salons should be giving the nail files/buffers to you in a small bag to either use next time or to do with as you wish. I personally have taken to labelling the bags for my clients and offering to keep them in-house for their next appointment.

Now, also pay attention to the nail drill – the brown paper-based drill bit – that also needs to be individualised for every client. I have to stress this – if you notice that a non-ceramic or non-metallic (paper-based) file or buffer is being used on multiple clients RUN! Even if they dust it off, or seemingly spray it down with acetone – just run and do not for the life you let your nails be done before you make a break for the door. Now if by some chance the nail salon were to cut you or anyone else, all the tools (in most cases) that have been in contact with blood/wounds will need to be thrown out. The rare salon may have an autoclave which is the only clinically proven way to eliminate blood-borne pathogens. However, autoclaves are very costly to hire/purchase so it is unlikely that the walk-in nail salons at the mall (or indeed home-based salons) will have one. I do not have one, so I always keep spare tools ready to rock and roll just in case. If there is no autoclave (pictured above) anywhere within eyeshot (because let’s not risk assuming) then metal or otherwise these tools will need to be thrown out – so always watch your surroundings. The fun fact even metallic tools need to be sterilised/ disinfected between every client. This involves being boiled in water for at least 15 minutes and then disinfected in isopropyl alcohol.

Alright onto the next point… Surfaces So everything we touch obviously is also exposed to bacteria. A good salon will spray down and disinfect all surfaces between clients. In fact, I like to take it one step further, at my nail station I will have a clean sheet of table covering, (that I change for every client) which is disposable and catches all the dust. Then I will sanitise and disinfect the station, and the extraction fan and change out my metallic tools to clean ones (I keep multiple sets and clean everything at the end of the day). This way I can keep you, myself and anyone else that comes in as safe as possible. There are a plethora of other things that can be mentioned here, but I hope this has given you enough to keep diligent. Because we are all beautiful, even when we can’t see it.