Hygiene is one of the most critical aspects in the nail care industry. However, the importance of sanitation is often forgotten, thereby putting the client at risk of unwanted infections. Practicing good hygiene and sanitation prevents the spread of infections between clients & between technician & clients.
Here's a quick guide on what to watch out for:
1) Visual inspection check - Does the salon look clean? No grime on counter tops, no streaky mirrors, no stray nail clipping lying here & there, even old magazines are a mecca for germs as lots of fingers have flipped through their pages.
2) Observe technicians and salon practices - Are the technicians wearing neat clothing? Do they thoroughly wash their hands after every service? Do the salon require clients to wash/disinfect hands before service? Does the salon use good ventilation and dust extraction devices?
3) Disinfection and sterilization - Are all the tools & implements disinfected & sterilized before use? Disinfection solutions don't kill all microbes. UV sterilization is better. An autoclave is the best.