With nail salons in every shopping center and around every corner, it is difficult sometimes to tell which ones would pass inspection. Many people assume that they are recieving safe sanitary services performed by professionals. But in truth, this is not always the case. It may be surprising but not every country in the world requires nail technicians to be licensed; many are also not required to take a professional course. Even countries with strict educational requirements still have untrained technicians working in salons. It is important to ask to see their credentials from an accredited school. Accredited courses will have covered such important theory such as anatomy, disease and disorders, and proper sanitation as well as a thorough understanding of the science behind the practical applications of acrylic or gel enhancements. People don’t realize that taking a brief medical history before your appointment can be vital to your safety. Especially if you are diabetic, your nail services will have to be altered completely. Also, what if you are allergic to the acrylic or gel? You want someone with experience in dealing with these situations.

The next question to ask is what are their sanitation proceedures?  Any qualified salon professional will be more than happy to walk you around and go into detail about their sanitation requirements by law.

Do any of the products in their services contain any banned ingredients? There have been several cosmetic ingredients that have come under fire in Europe and North America in recent months and some of the banned ingredients are present in nail products.

How do they disinfect their foot bath. This can be very serious because people have gotten terrible infections from unsanitary conditions. If in doubt, you can purchase a foot bath liner that will fit inside any footbath. This ensures that your feet wont touch any unclean surfaces.

Disposable files or buffers?  If your technician reaches in a draw full of used tools, run for the door. Nail files can be full of bacteria and should be disposed of after each customer. Furthermore, health regulations state that these items should be disposed of after one use.

In conclusion, this article isn’t to scare you from getting a manicure or pedicure, just to inform you of how to go about doing so safely. Ask the right questions so that you don’t face dire circumstances later.