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Pedicures are a relaxing way to treat yourself, but approach those pedicure stations with caution. One of the biggest red flags in a nail salon are jetted pedicure tubs that aren’t properly sanitized.
“Jetted tubs are a breeding ground for bacteria and should be sanitized for a minimum of 10 minutes with an EPA-registered disinfectant between each service to properly kill the microorganisms that live inside of the jets,” Mazz Hanna, celebrity nail artist and founder of Mazz Hanna Beauty, told TODAY Style. “If this isn’t being done, do not get a pedicure there,” said Hanna, whose celebrity clients include Julia Roberts, Selma Blair and Halsey.
“I have noticed some nail salons using plastic liners in the jetted tubs that they then tear holes into to make it look more sanitary, but unfortunately, it is not. More and more salons are offering an alternative to jetted tubs, so I would absolutely recommend going there instead,” Hanna added.
2. If they cut your cuticles
Remember, cuticles are your friend!
“They protect the baby nail cells growing under them.
Instead, have them gently pushed back and remove only excess cuticle on the sides, not at the base.
Another thing to look out for is a salon that uses an autoclave to sanitize their tools. “Autoclave machines use extreme temperatures and pressure to clean metal implements and tools,” said Hanna.
This is usually distinguishable through the paper sanitation packets that the tools are packaged in. “When used properly, the color packet should change colors after sterilization is complete,” said Hanna.
Be cautious if that salon doesn’t have a color-changing sanitation packet or if the packet is partially opened.
S. and infections can spread from person to person this way.
“Every customer gets a fresh nail file so artists can work on nails safely and files are offered to guests to take home following their service,” Dave Crisalli, founder and CEO of PROSE, a wellness-focused, non-toxic nail boutique, told TODAY of his salon.
If you had a bad reaction to your last mani or pedi
“Possible issues include allergic reaction, infection, bleeding, pain of any kind.
“You need your salon to be a sterile environment or you put yourself at risk of infection. The tools should be sterile but environment should be also,” Dr.
Debra Jaliman, a board-certified New York City-based dermatologist, assistant professor of dermatology at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai and author of the book, “Skin Rules: Trade Secrets from a Top New York Dermatologist,” told TODAY.
If you smell a strong chemical scent
If you smell chemicals every time you walk in, that means the salon is probably not well ventilated. Those scents can be dangerous.
“The salon offers more artificial enhancements (dips, acrylics) and the ventilation is not effective. That strong chemical scent is usually a clue,” said Stern.