Your spa or salon is a place to relax and unwind. The last thing you want to deal with after a rejuvenating pedicure is bacteria or fungus. Make sure you check off these 7 tips you need to know to have the best pedicure experience possible:
- Salon and Technician are Licensed
The number one rule to live by when getting your nails done is to make sure both the salon or spa and its technicians are licensed. Look for their licenses, prominently displayed and make sure they’re up-to-date. Each technician should have a license clearly displayed at the salon. If you have any reservations, ask to see a license or look for another place to get your pedi.
- Is the Salon or Spa clean?
The salon itself should be clean, well kept, and tidy. After all, you want to relax and enjoy in a clutter-free environment so you can de-clutter your mind. How they keep the salon is also a good indicator of how well they take care of their instruments and other equipment.
- How are the Instruments Cleaned?
Does the salon or spa sterilize its instruments or do they just disinfect? Make sure all of the products are sanitized with a hospital grade sanitizer like Barbicide which has a blue color to it. If you’re not sure, ask! Remember, you’re the customer.
- What Type of Foot Bath is Used
The whirlpool for your foot bath is either piped or pipe-free. Opt for pipe-free because those pipes you can’t see could collect dead skin, dirt and dangerous bacteria if not cleaned properly. When a bath is pipe-free the technician will usually fill up the bath with water from a removable faucet on the side of the tub. And if the foot bath uses a liner, make sure that a new liner is being used each time.
- Make Sure Disposable Items are Used Only Once!
The best way to check this is to see how items are packaged. Most salons and spas nowadays open a fresh package every time they give you a pedi so you’re guaranteed the cleanest foot file and buffers. If you want to be extra cautious you can always bring own disposable items with you.
- Don’t Shave Your Legs Before an Appointment
You may be tempted to shave your legs before a pedicure, but be weary. When you shave your legs you cut the hair and open your pores. You could also open yourself up to lots of bad bacteria. Simply shave a day or two before a pedi or right after and you’re in the clear.
- Be Honest With Your Technician
Let your technician know about any medical conditions and medications that could potentially increase your risk of infections. You must also let them know about any prior injuries or if you are pregnant as some massage techniques could possibly induce labor.
Keep this checklist in mind the next time you go for a pedicure. And if you’re the one giving the pedicure, make sure you abide by these safety guidelines. If you’d like to learn more about manicures, pedicures, and nail care, consider the career of a nail technician. Check out Salon Success Academy’s Manicuring/Nail Care program today! We have five convenient locations across the Inland Empire in California. Fill out the form to learn more.