6 Signs of a Clean Nail Salon

Before you go barefoot, check for these healthy-pampering-place clues

Ji Baek, owner of Rescue Beauty in New York City, details how to get a safe, clean mani or pedi. Read on to find out when to relax and when to run:

By Jill Schuck

Wear protection 1. Wear a mask to avoid inhaling harmful chemicals if you get acrylics. (The technician should be wearing one, too.) Jets are a bad thing 2. Avoid spa chairs with jet baths. Salons are supposed to change the filters that recycle water after every use, but that rarely happens. The result? Used water gets circulated through the system. Look for porcelain or stainless steel basins without a spa chair, or ask the salon to change the filter in front of you before you soak. Check out the tools 3. Bring your own tools (file, buffer, toe separator) to be 100 percent safe. Or, make sure disposable items come fresh out of a sealed package every time. If the salon uses blue Barbicide cleaning solution, it should be clear, not cloudy. Sterilize 4. Tools sterilized in a UV light sanitizer must be laid flat and exposed to the light for 25 minutes. Check to see if the machine has a timer or is being monitored. And sterilize again 5. Look for salons that use an autoclave, which is a pressurized sterilizing system (like the ones you see in the dentist’s office). When all else fails ... 6. Trust your instincts. If anything seems off, speak up or walk out the door. Luxe vs. Less Nail Polish Funky Nail Emergencies Solved 16 Sneaky Beauty Myths Subject Subject Subject Message Message Message http://www.google.com /content/package/c_clean_nail_salons/
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Nice info

by EricaF123 Saturday, December 29, 2012 at 11:53AM Report as inappropriate

No matter how great the salon is or looks I still can't go. I've heard too many horrible stories!

by Lamexicana1 Saturday, December 1, 2012 at 03:43PM Report as inappropriate

Thank you for the great tips! Very helpful.. I had a bad experience at a nail salon and was afraid to go back but now at least I know what to look for.

by Ladybugg9 Saturday, October 27, 2012 at 12:18AM Report as inappropriate

I love this! My greatest fear of going to a nail salon, especially now that I've moved, is going somewhere and getting some sort of infection or just something really gross happening!

by schien Sunday, September 2, 2012 at 05:42PM Report as inappropriate

Now i know what to look for.

by andyv1217 Thursday, August 2, 2012 at 10:42AM Report as inappropriate

Great tips! I have m acrylicy nails done on a regular basis. I have picked up a fungus from unsantitary tools. I learner the hard way to watch where the tools are before my manicure and the overall cleanliness of the salon. There are so many out there that don't follow the sanitation you really have to be carefulwhere you cooed to go.

by flirtygirl214 Saturday, July 7, 2012 at 12:38PM Report as inappropriate

This really helps, I go get mani/pedis often .. and I always go to the spa chairs with jet baths!

by Ladybugg9 Sunday, April 22, 2012 at 02:42AM Report as inappropriate

Very helpful tips, good to be clean and safe!

by LittleBunny Tuesday, April 17, 2012 at 11:10AM Report as inappropriate

I got a plantar wart a few weeks after going to a new salon. I try now to do all my pedicures at home when I can.

by beautybody Thursday, March 29, 2012 at 12:06PM Report as inappropriate

Very good tips...I think I will bring my own tools. It's kinda scary and gross when you think about it...ick.

by Brandi27 Wednesday, March 28, 2012 at 08:14AM Report as inappropriate

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