4 Important Things to Look for in a Nail Salon

January 25, 2016

If you enjoy getting your nails done, you know that a good manicure is one of the most relaxing experiences you can have. And when your nails are looking their best, your whole appearance is more polished and you can present yourself with confidence. But how confident are you that your manicurist is doing her job? Nail salons across the country are notorious for ignoring sanitation protocols, and it’s important to stay safe. Here are 4 things you should always look for so that you will have the best experience!


Thorough disinfecting

You may feel awkward asking how your salon disinfects their tools, but you should never be afraid to ask. Safe salons use autoclaves or liquid disinfection. Your nail technician should also wear gloves—surprisingly few do this, but it reduces the chance of bacteria getting on your hands or feet. Make sure that no one is reusing single-use items.

A clean floor and restroom

When you walk into a restaurant for the first time, what do you do? Many people immediately scan the floor and check out the bathroom, especially if they are in a dodgy part of town and are worried about cleanliness. Just as you wouldn’t want to eat at a dirty restaurant, you don’t want to get your nails done at a dirty salon.

Safe chemicals

Familiarize yourself with chemicals which are commonly used at nail salons, and make sure that the chemicals being used at your salon are identifiable and safe.

Good communication and customer service

While you need to be concerned about cleanliness and safety, you also should be concerned about communication. Does your nail technician listen to you? Does she answer your questions without giving you the runaround? You never need to put up with a nail technician who refuses to communicate. You’ll find another just down the street who is more than happy to answer questions and address concerns, and who listens to you carefully when you speak. This is the manicurist who will give you exactly what you want and assure that you stay safe along the way.

Finally, here are a couple more quick tips to help you to choose the right nail salon and stay safe! First off, if you are getting a pedicure, resist the urge to shave your legs the day before you go. Shaving is like propping the door open for bacteria.

Secondly, do your research! You never need to choose a nail salon blindly. Instead of just picking the first place you see when you are driving down main street, park your car, get out your mobile device, and check online for information and reviews. Find out exactly what services the salons in your area are offering, and read about the real-life experiences of customers. Once you have all the information, you will be in the right place to make the best decision. It does take a little extra time and effort, but it will pay off when you discover your new favorite nail salon!

1 Comment on this Article

  • Scott Adams

    I’m glad that you mentioned looking for a nail technician wearing gloves. I have never thought to look for that before, but it does make sense. I have been looking for someone to help fix a chipped nail. It would be good if they were sanitary, to keep me safe. Thanks for the advice!

    on June 16, 2017   |   Reply

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