Nail salons are where we go to relax, unwind and give ourselves a little bit of a makeover. But one downside of nail salons is that they’re often an unregulated industry. In the United States, there are no national standards for nail technicians.
This is unfortunate news especially considering that your nails and skin absorb products you use on them. A recent report by the California Department of Toxic Substances Control found that nail technicians have higher rates of miscarriage, cancer and other diseases likely due to exposure to harsh chemicals like benzene, formaldehyde, toluene and other volatile organic compounds (VOCs).
The report also highlights the fact that nail salon workers are some of the lowest paid in the country.
We spoke with Dr. Heather M. Stapleton, associate professor in environmental chemistry and exposure science at Duke University’s Nicholas School of the Environment. She explains exactly what we should look out for in our local nail salons, how we can care for our nails and what we can do to help the industry become safer for workers and consumers alike.
Many people don’t know that nail salons are required to have a license from the state. These licenses are registered with your county health department and expire every two years. The salon has to be inspected by a City Health Inspector in order to receive the license.
The inspectors check the cleanliness of the shop, all the tools used in manicures and pedicures, how they are cleaned, and how they are stored. They also check for proper sanitation of basins and whirlpool spas. In order to ensure their safety, it is important for patrons to make sure their salon is licensed and up-to-date on any state issued warnings or violations. A list of businesses with current licenses can be found through www.dca.ca.gov/barbers/.
This is a step many people skip, but it is important that you do your homework before choosing which nail salon to go to. Reviews will tell you a lot about the business and are helpful when trying to find good service at an affordable price. The Internet makes this process very easy as you can see reviews from other customers right on your computer screen or even right on your phone!
You may want to ask friends where they go and if they like their stylist or technician. Sometimes
You are not just getting a pedicure or manicure. You are also getting a clean and safe environment to ensure your health is not being compromised. Nail salons should be designed in a way that promotes good health and safety. Health inspectors should regulate nail salons to make sure that they are up to standards and if they are not they must be closed down.
One of the most common ailments caused by nail salons is something called Tinea Unguium. This is commonly known as onychomycosis or ringworm of the nails. This fungus spreads through contact with infected items or people, but can also be caused by contact with infected surfaces such as gym equipment, showers and floors. Nail salons can cause this type of infection if they have unsanitary tools or if they do not sanitize the tools properly between clients. Some other common ailments caused by nail salons include: athlete’s foot, eye infections, skin infections and even hepatitis C due to unsterilized needles used for acrylics and manicures.
There is a type of manicure that uses formaldehyde, toluene and dibutyl phthalates (DBP), which are all chemicals that are known to cause cancer. Health risks include headaches and loss of coordination. These chemicals have been linked to birth defects if used while pregnant.
The average woman has her nails done every two weeks, which equals out to 25 times a year and over the course of a lifetime, women will visit the nail salon more than 1,000 times. If you are visiting your local nail salon once a month, but you’re in pain for a week after each visit, that means one-seventh of your life is being spent in misery.
It has been found that the air inside nail salons have 10 times the level of inhalable particles than salons who don’t use these chemicals. Inhaling these chemicals can cause respiratory problems including asthma and bronchitis. It can also cause dizziness, headaches and fatigue.
“When I worked in my salon, I saw a lot of clients who would get acrylic nails or gels and they wouldn’t be in great condition. A lot of people think that it’s okay to go to the nail salon and get services you have never had done before, but those services are actually quite invasive to your nail,” says Ji Baek, owner at Rescue Beauty Lounge and former manicurist. “It’s important to understand the anatomy of a nail — what is cuticle? What is a white spot? Why does my nail feel gritty? What can cause your nails to split? These are questions someone should ask before getting any sort of service done. ”
The salon is the first place to go when you want your nails done. The salon is a place where people go for beauty treatments. Some salons offer only haircuts and manicures, while others offer a variety of treatments.
The local nail salon offers many different types of manicures and pedicures. Manicures are the services that keep your nails looking great. Pedicures are services that keep your feet clean and healthy.
Many people choose to get professional manicures because they are convenient and fast. You can have a professional manicure in less than an hour, which means that you do not have to spend hours getting your nails done. You will also save money by having a professional manicure rather than doing it yourself at home.
If you love to get your nails done, it’s important that you care for your nails. Getting pedicures or manicures is a fun way to treat yourself, but you can make the experience even better by learning how to take care of your nails.
Taking care of your nails begins before you even get to the salon. You should remove any old polish and wash your hands before getting your manicure. Washing your hands helps to protect against skin infections that can be spread by nail technicians. This is also a good time to examine your nails and cuticles for any signs of infection or injury. If you see sores, cuts, or swelling around the nail bed, tell the technician before they begin working on them. This will help avoid the spread of any possible infection.
During the manicure, ask for a buffer and sandpaper rather than an emery board. Emery boards can damage your nails if used incorrectly. Buffers are a safer way to shape and smooth out rough edges on your nails. Make sure that all of the instruments used are sterilized by either being thrown away or soaked in a disinfectant between customers. Ask if they use an autoclave and how often they use it. If they do not use an autocl