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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?

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