Manicures and pedicures have been a way to relax and unwind after a long week for decades, but at what cost? Sure, well-groomed fingernails and toenails are pleasing to look at, but depending on the salon you’re frequenting, there could be some serious unsanitary nail salon practices happening right under your nose (or toes). In order to protect your precious keratin coverings, we’re bringing you a list of nail salon facts and secrets to keep in mind during your next trip.
So you’ve had a long week and you’re ready to treat yourself. You head to the salon, grab a magazine, dip your feet into a foot bath 10,987 other pairs of feet have soaked in, and drift off into a pampered state of relaxation. What you don’t know is that four or five things could have gone wrong already. Did you notice the lack of certifications on the walls? Did they refill the water in your foot bath immediately after they drained the water from the last customer’s?
Now she’s headed for your calluses with a sharp tool and using a nail file that’s already dusty with someone else’s toenail dust. Gross. Does any of this sound familiar? If you find yourself feeling uncomfortable at the nail salon, follow your gut! There are a lot of potential problems like infection, disease, and mutilated nails. You don't want to leave the nail salon with a disease or infected nails, so avoid the situation all together by reading through this list of nail salon facts and secrets and decide whether or not you'll just be painting those nails at home from now on.