We will continue to update this page with statistics and important health and safety resources for nail salon owners, nail technicians, and consumers.
Nail Salon Scrutiny Update: New York and Connecticut
Nail salons in New York are bracing for a new law that will require all salons to be bonded by October 6, 2015. Meanwhile, state board inspectors in Connecticut conducted a blitz of inspections this month, resulting in a significant number of closures for noncompliance. (Aug. 20, 2015)
Improving Our Industry: Lessons from the New York Nail Salon Scrutiny
Why it’s important — and conscientious — for everyone in the nail business to know their state legislation and employee labor laws. (Jul. 17, 2015)
NAILS Magazine Shares Outrage Over Labor Abuses in New York Salons
NAILS Magazine and VietSALON Magazine applaud part one of the New York Times exposé of the appalling exploitation of nail salon workers in certain communities and urge increased consumer awareness and enforcement efforts. (May 12, 2015)
Read our annual industry study, with information on market size, number of nail technicians, service prices, compensation survey, demographics, and top service trends.
The Nail Manufacturers Council updated its guidelines to recommend a three-zone protection approach for nail salons. (Nov. 2014)
After almost three decades, a rare diagnosis prompts one nail tech to ask the question, “Is this related to my work?” In an effort to shed some light on difficult questions, we did some digging and asked some questions of our own. (Apr. 2014)
Salon owners shared with us their experiences with state inspectors. (Dec. 2013)
It is estimated that during the years of the Trans-Atlantic slave trade 12 million people were enslaved. Today, the estimate is 27 million worldwide. Some of those slaves are working in nail salons, and one nail tech has had enough. (Jun. 2011)
Scientists at the Cancer Prevention Institute of California (CPIC) released findings from the largest epidemiologic study of licensed California cosmetologists and nail techs. The findings were published in the August 2010 issue of the American Journal of Epidemiology. (Dec. 2010)
Nail salon customers can use this as a guideline to determine whether a salon is providing not only great nails, but also a safe and pleasant experience.
If you’re expecting, you may be worried about the effects that working in a nail salon all day could have on your unborn baby. Learn what you need to know about working through your pregnancy to protect yourself and your bundle of joy. (Apr. 2015)
Studies done by the National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) consistently show allergens are present in the air of nail salons. We list five ways nail techs can reduce exposure. (Sep. 2013)
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration OSHA) released a 20-page booklet on helpful information and reminders on how to stay safe as a working nail tech, including protecting workers from chemical and ergonomic hazards as well as workers rights. (Sep. 2012)
Nail techs spend a large part of the day surrounded by chemicals. We talk about what work habits must change when a nail tech is pregnant. (Jun. 2010)
We’ve listed tips and techniques to help salon owners get into the habit of annually cleaning their salons and got advice from owners and techs who routinely clean their salons. (Apr. 2015)
Nail salons must juggle the task of cleaning, sanitizing, and disinfecting many surfaces and items at varying intervals to protect the health and safety of clients and team members. We offer a checklist for monthly, weekly, daily, and after-every-client maintenance. (Oct. 2013)
Seattle’s Healthy Nail Salon Project reaches out to salon workers to offer education and training on safe practices. (Apr. 2012)
Here are illustrations of the most common places that some nasty bacteria and viruses hang out. (Aug. 2013)