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Pedicures And Manicures Relaxation Or Infestation

Updated on September 8, 2015

A few years back most of us did not heard much about manicures and pedicures. While we may have known that they existed, most people never had one. Today this has changed to say the least. now, a manicure and/or pedicure is one of the most available luxuries that a woman partakes in. With this being said, manicures and pedicures are not just for women, men are seeking these services as well.

Before you head off to your local spa for your next time of relaxation, there are a few things you should know as you are placing your feet into the whirlpool.

Be Cautious When Selecting Your Spa.

When it comes to selecting the spa for your manicure or pedicure, be cautious as all spas are not equally good. This is not a matter of price and setting. They can all follow the same level of appearance and fees but major differences can be present. Just as local restaurants many times do not pass health standards for one reason or the other, the same is true when it comes to spas and nail salons. Even if there has been possible violations, this is not going to be posted on the wall. The truth is that spas and nail salons must put customer's safety first.

What Should You Look For?

When you select your salon, act as a fly on the wall and make mental note as to the staff and the procedures that they follow. It is vital that after each pedicure customer the foot-bath must be drained, thoroughly, cleaned, and an anti-bacterial solution used. The bath must be scrubbed not lightly wiped down. A brush should be used in the scrubbing process. While the foot-baths may feel like a bit of heaven on earth, the truth is it can become a cesspool full of many kinds of bacteria.

It is a bit hard to think about but the tubs have more than bacteria in them. They also contain hair and skin from those that have gone before you. An example of the danger is the report of a lady in a California salon that began to develop large boils on her legs after having a pedicure. The salon was closed as sanitation procedures were not being followed.

Look Further.

When you are observing your salon, you will need to look further than the conditions of the foot-baths. The entire station must be cleaned an sanitized between customers. The tools of the manicurist's must be clean and sanitized after every use. This means that a cleaning product such as Clorox or Lysol will be needed to kill bacteria. There should always be clean paper towels and the entire area must be wiped down as well. Remember people get in a hurry and many times are lazy. This means that these necessary procedures many times are not put into place or hurriedly preformed.

To be on the safe side, it is a good idea to ask around as to the better spas in the area. Check to see if there are any filed complaints. You should always see a manicurist's licenses displayed and there will be disinfectants around for quick use. In addition you do have the option of bring your own manicure tools when you go to the spa.

There is another type of pedicure called a "fish" pedicure. Get ready for this one!


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      Mrs Clark 2 years ago from United States

      Great article! I agree, I want to pay for a mani/pedi, not a trip to the E.R. Take care and enjoy your day~ :)