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Nail Salon Industry Statistics and Resources

We will continue to update this page with statistics and important health and safety resources for nail salon owners, nail technicians, and consumers.

UPDATES

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)

MARKET RESEARCH

2014-2015 Nail Salon Industry Statistics

Read our annual industry study, with information on market size, number of nail technicians, service prices, compensation survey, demographics, and top service trends.

ARTICLES

New Guidelines Aim to Protect Your Respiratory Health

The Nail Manufacturers Council updated its guidelines to recommend a three-zone protection approach for nail salons. (Nov. 2014)

Is Ours a Risky Business?

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)

I Survived a State Inspection

Salon owners shared with us their experiences with state inspectors. (Dec. 2013)

Taking a Stand Against Human Trafficking

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)

Study Finds No Increased Cancer Risk for Nail Techs

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)

FOR CLIENTS

How to Choose a Quality Nail Salon

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.

HEALTHY WORKING RESOURCES

Healthy Living: Working While Pregnant

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)

Personal Trainer: Respiratory Reactions

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)

OSHA Guide: Stay Healthy When Giving Manis and Pedis (with Proper Ventilation)

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)

Pregnancy and the Nail Tech

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)

SANITATION RESOURCES

How to Deep Clean Your Salon

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 Salon Sanitation Checklist

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)

Lower Your Exposure to Salon Chemicals

Seattle’s Healthy Nail Salon Project reaches out to salon workers to offer education and training on safe practices. (Apr. 2012)

Where Germs Thrive in a Nail Salon

Here are illustrations of the most common places that some nasty bacteria and viruses hang out. (Aug. 2013)

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