Health Tip: Safety at the Salon

Things to check before your manicure

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(HealthDay News) -- Salons that don't follow proper safety procedures may pass along infections to customers who get manicures or pedicures.

Before you get too comfy in a salon chair, consider these suggestions from the International Pedicure Association:

  • Be sure all areas of the salon look clean.
  • All technicians at the salon must be licensed, and their licenses displayed.
  • Before a manicure or pedicure begins, the technician should examine your hands or feet and point out any signs of infection or other health condition.
  • All tools should be disinfected after use on prior customers.
  • All tools that cannot be sterilized must be disposed of.
  • The salon should be properly ventilated.
  • Each customer must receive a clean towel.


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