I was recently asked by a mom, whose daughter got a fungal infection from a pedicure, how she can ensure they are getting a safe pedicure? I hate to say this, but it’s true……there really isn’t anything I can tell you to watch for, look at, or do that can ensure you will get safe, infection free pedicure or nail services.
I can tell you to ask to see the disinfection bottle, but you don’t know for sure that it has the actual disinfection liquid in it. The reason I say this is because I saw at a nail supplier, here in the city, where they sold empty disinfection bottles (had proper labeling, EPA numbers on it, directions, etc.) that looked very legitimate. I looked around for the same liquid in gallon size bottles, they had none. So they sell empty bottles that look like it contains legitimate disinfection liquid in it and you can put anything in it. There were several nail salons (factories) who were caught using Windex in lieu of disinfection fluid.
Some say, “I watched them clean the tub or tools”. That doesn’t mean they did all the proper cleaning and disinfection steps in cleaning the tub or their tools and with the right cleansers.
Even if you see tools in a container with disinfection fluid, that doesn’t mean it is at it’s full strength. It has limited shelf life when used to clean implements and looses its strength and has to be replaced quite often. I’ve seen way too many beauty/nail salons where their tools are sitting in dark colored, old and full of debris disinfecton fluid. This does not kill bacteria, viruses, TB, etc. when it is not at 100% it’s strength.
So, as you can see there isn’t a way for an ordinary consumer to know what to look for and if they did there are ways some will trick or try to get out of spending more money to do things the proper way.
The only thing I can think of that can help you feel a little more comfortable about getting safe nail services is to go to someone you can tell “cares” about you, that has a passion for what they do, educates you as the consumer, answers all your questions and listens to what you want. This isn’t a 100% guarantee, but if you go to someone who cares about you and what they do, the odds are slimmer that you will get an infection from them then if you go to a “herd em in, herd em out” type of nail salon.