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What Do You Expect From Your Nail Salon?

Updated on December 21, 2014
The Perfect Pink and White Solar Nail/Acrylic Nail
The Perfect Pink and White Solar Nail/Acrylic Nail

What Should You Look For?

Anytime you enter a nail salon, the fumes should actually NOT knock you over. If it does, the shop is not well ventilated. The license should be prominently displayed. The nail salon owner and or all of the salonists should welcome you and ask you to wash your hands.

That is not a slight on your part. That means they know, as all nurses know, that the best way to fight infection is to wash your hands!

If your salon experience starts off this way you will probably be treated exceptionally well.

Another item that needs to be the same reagardless of the nail salon is how they treat their instuments, including all of the nail files, buffers, dremel files and paintbrushes they use from one customer to another.

The worst thing that can happen when you indulge yourself in a manicure or a TOPPING, like solar or acrylic nails is a fungal infetion on your natural nailbed.

Fungus is highly contagious; that is why you need to be sure and ask about how the nail salonist takes are of their equipment. If you can see that the file they are using on you has been used before; time to regroup and reconsider how much you love your natural nails versus how much you want the TOPPING.

There are many nail salons wherever you live, but you only have one set of fingernails!

Solar or Acrylic Nails

Solar and acrylic nails are almost the same thing. Acrylic nails is also a powder that gets painted onto your natural nail-bed with a paintbrush and a hardener. Solar nails have a different chemical in the powders that allow you to go three instead of two weeks between return trips to the nail salon.

But they BOTH should be applied the same way, with the same consideration for cleanliness, one time use, and good infection control.

The nail salon should have their license prominently displayed

The nail salon should have all their equipment sterilized and looking brand new from one customer to another.

The nail salon should have plenty of replaceable dremel tips, so that you are not using the same one that was used on the customer before you.

There should NOT be a strong odor of fumes in the salon itself.

The results of both solar and acrylic nails provide your natural nail the opportunity to grow longer and stay protected at the same time. You won't have to worry, as you do with nail tips or plastic nails, that one wrong move will send your fake nail flying and harm your natural nail. Indeed, the hardener that is used prevents that from happening, your nails become as hard as steel and feel absolutely protected and comfortable.


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      Kristen Howe 2 years ago from Northeast Ohio

      Great review, Barbara. I'm in desperately need of a mani-pedi, when I do it at home. Someday I'll go to the spa and have my nails done.

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      Barbara Bethard 4 years ago from Tucson, Az

      Absolutely! The wonderful salon I go to now has their autoclave macine right in the middle of the shop and its going non stop! Now that is above and beyond!!

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      Natasha 4 years ago from Hawaii

      I agree - if I go somewhere and don't see hygienic practices in place, I won't be going back!

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      Barbara Bethard 5 years ago from Tucson, Az

      I dp love my nails and love that they grow strong and pretty if/big if// I go and have them taken care of regularly :)

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      Angela Brummer 5 years ago from Lincoln, Nebraska

      Great advice. I have done nails and people need to be aware of these things.

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      Barbara Bethard 6 years ago from Tucson, Az

      thank you Natasha!

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      natashamareekeane 6 years ago

      thanks i have learnt somethings take care and keep writing about nails

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      Barbara Bethard 6 years ago from Tucson, Az

      oh you are lucky!! I bet you never bit them either!!

      I was surprised when I went to a new nail salon and they did NOT ask me to wash my hands!! I did anyway and they talked but of course I couldn't understand them

      Now I just automatically do it/nurses get away with that sort of thing!!

      haha but no I tend to stay with the salons that have the high standards...especially BECAUSE of my Toppings!!

      love to you

      barbara b

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      Judicastro 6 years ago from birmingham, Alabama

      Good info. In all the years I've been going to a nail salon I've never had them ask me to wash my hands. Choose my nail color yes, wash hands, no. Speaking of I could really use a manicure. I'm fortunate to be able to grow my own nails, so I don't use "toppings".

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      Barbara Bethard 6 years ago from Tucson, Az

      hello LLWoodard and Prasetio30!! its my pleasure!!

      I love my nails and have to keep hunting around when I get dissapointed in the care I receive so I know a LOT of tips!!

      But hubby says he cant stand to stay with me inside any of them/he says they all smell like paint shops :(

      love to you barbara b

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      prasetio30 6 years ago from malang-indonesia

      Nice information. I learn much from you. Thanks for writing this. Take care!

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      L.L. Woodard 6 years ago from Oklahoma City

      I've often wondered how the people who work at nail salons don't have a headache--or worse--from the fumes. Now I realize such an "aromatic" shop should be avoided. Thanks for the tips.