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Manicure, Pedicure – Was your last one safe?

.Paula Abdul Testifying

The Manicure Pedicure Industry is Getting a Bad Rap

The other day I had a manicure at our local L.A. Nails in the mall. I needed a quick fix as I was scheduled for my photo shoot I’ve been telling you about. (more about that later) Anyway, Lena did a great job for only $17.00 + tip. I got a French manicure and was out the door 40 minutes later. Good price for good service!

In the past couple of years California has gotten lots of press about bacterial infections, which seemed to be caused from unsanitary manicures pedicures. It always helps to have a celebrity stand up for a cause. Paula Abdul did that by testifying for tougher standards in California.

I did lots of digging, talked with the spokesman for the Barber/Cosmetology Board in the Department of Consumer Affairs; International Nail Tech Association and the spokeswoman who is pushing new legislation. My take on the issue? The industry is regulated already to a safety standard appropriate to keep you and I safe.

According to Teresa Chagoya, with the Santa Clara Public Health Department, they received about 180 calls from doctors or patients who reported lesions or other indications of infection after receiving pedicures or manicures at local salons.

Curiously though, Chagoya said, 68% of the complaints originated from just 3 salons. There are over 35,000 licensed salons there. Can you imagine how many manicures and pedicures are done daily?

Let me ask this;

  • Have you ever had a problem with infection after a manicure pedicure?
  • Do you know anyone who has contracted a bacterial infection from having a manicure pedicure?
  • Can you try to estimate how many women get manicures and pedicures every day?

What I found was that the media and those who may benefit from more legislation would have us believe we are putting our health at risk anytime we receive a manicure or pedicure.

Come on, Paula give us a break, you are no more at risk to contract a health problem when getting a manicure or pedicure than you are when visiting a hospital, or at your doctors office.

All that is going to happen with this type of legislation is a bunch of new bureaucrats and hassle for salon owners. If we are going to spend more money for legislation, lets put our bucks in energy or schools.

Here are some logical precautions to take when choosing to get a manicure or pedicure:

  • Take note of the cleanliness of the salon and staff. Believe what
    your eyes and gut tell you. What you see is what you get.
  • DO NOT SHAVE your legs before getting a pedicure. (The Nail Industry strongly recommends this one. Nicks or even too close of a shave can leave you vulnerable to infection.)
  • Cuts on your fingers can also leave you vulnerable to infection.
  • If you want to check if your local salon has any citations for not meeting industry requirements on sanitation, call your local Barber/Beauty Board.
  • If you go often, you can always invest in a good manicure set and bringing it to each appointment.

A manicure or pedicure is a small luxury within reach for most of us. I do not believe we are putting our health at risk in giving ourselves this luxury. I will pay $17.00 for a French manicure, and massage. The price will go up if more legislation is put into effect. How much more are you willing to pay?

  





3 Comments »

  1. I am a health inspector in Canada who routinely inspects nail salons under our government’s mandate. It is HIGHLY important that strict legislation is in place as many of these operators just cannot see the dangers. If no one is watching, corners are cut, tools re-used and improper disinfection methods are employed. Having regular inspections of these facilities by the health board serves to educate AND enforce. Legislation is very important. Unless these individuals are trained and go for refresher courses there are many gaps in infection control knowledge.

    Comment by Alina — February 28, 2011 @ 9:43 am

  2. The real probelm is too many nail techs are not trained properly. They are not suppose to cut live cuticles. this is how you got that infection. Cuticles protect us from outside germs. And if we leave an opening the pathegens will penitrate and cause us harm.

    The nail indsutry is already hurting. Some states don’t even offer classes anymore for nails. Most people can’t even make a living off of nails anymore. That’s why there’s lots of people who are not lisenced provided manicures and pedicures the wrong way.

    Don’t get me wrong, even the high end spa perform Mani/Pedi incorrectly. Some nail techs have been doing it for so long they are doing the wrong way. I think they should be required to take classes every five years just to saty in the know. But they really can’t because there are no such programs.

    There’s so many things wrong with the industry as a whole.
    What really needs to be done is providing better school programs for the nails.

    Comment by Savette — January 7, 2010 @ 8:03 am

  3. I am recovering from a manicure done 2 weeks ago. I have been going to the same salon 3 yrs. now. The manicurist seemed to concentrate a lot on the top outside of my right thumb, i thought i should stop her, but i was not in pain and there was no bleeding. well next day soreness, day later swelling and throbing, i took some antibiotics that i had and treated it the best that i could. A tumur like growth came up between the nail and my skin where the cuticle grows, i went to the dr. they had to inject numbing med into the growth and slice it off (sent to lab for biopsy) and then cauterized it, 10 more days of antibiotics.
    I was told that it was blood vessels and nerves that rerouted because of trauma to the tissue of my thumb. Tremendous amount of pain, before and after the surgery. i am beginning to see the end of it, still a bit black and very tender.
    My only bad experience in 12 years of manicures, but do not think that i will go back to that salon.

    Comment by Patricia — September 29, 2009 @ 4:08 pm

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