Beauty salon

The hard truth about the beauty salon

Always ask if combs and scissors are sterilized (Picture: Courtesy)

The beauty salon is a perfect little sanctuary for many of us. This is the only place where you can relax and be pampered. At the end of your session, you expect to be relaxed and looking glamorous.

However, the beauty spa is not without its share of risks. And we’re not just talking about having a bad hairstyle. Unsterilized equipment can lead to infections and unskilled personnel can injure you.

No matter how fancy and expensive the salon is, if it doesn’t hire qualified staff and follow health and safety requirements, it can easily lead to infections and injuries among unwitting customers. Let us explore some hidden risks at the nail, hair and wax salon and what you can do to protect yourself.

Dangers at the hair salon

Black women go to the hair salon more often than any other group of people. In addition to hair pulling during braiding, there are other dangers that lurk at the hair salon, such as chemical or thermal burns, shampoo in the eyes, cuts from clippers and scissors, and allergies to hair products. You can also suffer from infections from dirty sinks, combs, towels, and brushes.

Here are some tips to keep you safe at the hair salon:

Check the facility: Examine the facility to see if it is tidy and clean. Hair, nail clippings, dust or trash on the floor and dirty tables are clear signs that it’s time to find a new salon. Don’t forget to check the toilets. If it’s dirty, that’s a good indication that management doesn’t care about your safety.

Check their tools: Next, take a look at the combs, brushes, and other equipment that will be used on your hair. They must be clean and sterilized. Unsterilized combs and brushes can transfer bacteria and germs to your scalp.

Check the sinks: Don’t forget to check the cleanliness of the sinks. Observe whether attendants clean sinks between customers.

Take a look at the towels: how clean are their towels? Make sure the salon you choose washes its towels and bathrobes. Do not agree to use a dirty towel or bathrobe.

Stylist: In addition to making sure the salon hires qualified stylists, make sure the stylist has no sores or cuts on their hands.

Dangers at the Nail Salon

Just like the hair salon, the nail salon has its share of dangers. Since nail technicians will have to cut your nails and cuticles, you are at an even greater risk of getting infected. An overzealous manicure that cuts the cuticle too far or pushes it back too far exposes you to bacterial, fungal and viral infections.

Make sure the towels used on you are clean and dry (Picture: Courtesy)

Here are some tips to protect yourself:

Make sure instruments are sterilized: Instruments should be cleaned and disinfected between clients.

The preferred method is autoclaving (heat sterilization), but chemical sterilization is also acceptable as long as the tools are submerged in the solution for at least 10 minutes between clients.

If this is your first visit to the salon, ask the technician about their practices to make sure the equipment is properly sterilized. In addition, technicians must also clean their workstations between clients.

Bring your own tools: In some cases it is best to bring your own files, butter and cuticle cutters. This will save you from worrying about equipment not being properly sterilized.

Don’t shave before your appointment: Don’t shave, wax, or use hair removal creams the day before a pedicure. Recently waxed or shaved legs undulate tiny wounds through which germs can enter your body.

Attention to the technician: Do not let the technician cut your skin with a cuticle cutter. If you don’t see them washing their hands before taking care of you, politely ask them to do so. Also, make sure the salon is licensed and technician licenses are displayed.

Dangers at the hair removal salon

As with nail and hair salons, it is your responsibility to ensure that the hair removal salon has the required licenses and hires qualified personnel.

Find out about their practices to ensure your safety during and after your hair removal session. Keep in mind that you may suffer from skin infections if the salon uses dirty wax or non-sterile waxing areas.

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