In 2000, when news broke about the potential dangers of whirlpool spas, many salon owners were horrified to hear of the sanitation shortcuts happening within the industry. Today, conscientious techs find creative ways to let every client know of their pledge to provide safe services — every time.
Lacquer Lounge, Philadelphia
Opened in direct response to the lack of sanitary salons available to the Queen Village neighborhood of Philadelphia, Lacquer Lounge broke into the market with a confession for being obsessed with cleanliness and a promise to set new health and safety standards for nail and skin care. Understanding many clients research online before choosing the salon, owner Lisa McElhone educates clients through the salon website and Facebook. The salon website details the sanitations steps that are taken for each service, plus provides links to articles about what clients should look for in a safe salon.
Lacquer Lounge guarantees:
> All hands are washed and disinfected pre-service.
> All surfaces — manicure tables, pedicure stations, and counters — are cleaned throughout the day with a germicidal cleaner that kills bacteria and stops the spread of germs.
> Only disinfectable nail files and file abrasives are used.
> All stainless steel tools are sterilized in an autoclave and sealed in disposable sterilization pouches.
> Each Footsie Bath liner is single-use, guaranteeing the safety of the client.
Dashing Diva, New York City
When Dashing Diva first launched, it took extra measures to protect the health and well-being of its clients. “Dashing Diva was one of the first to use autoclaving for their tools. This is the same method used by doctors’ offices and other medical facilities to sterilize instruments. And though more common now, instead of using whirlpools for pedicures, services were performed in ceramic sinks, then cleaned using hospital-grade disinfectant after each pedicure,” explains marketing director Anna Lee.
Lee says special services were developed with hygiene in mind. For example, Dashing Diva introduced a paraffin method that consisted of single-use individual mitts and booties containing paraffin wax. Customers simply inserted their hands and feet into heated, individually sealed mitts and booties. No more dipping hands and feet into a common pool of wax that others had used.
Dashing Diva guarantees:
> Employees sanitize their hands and yours.
> Metal tools are autoclaved.
> Files and buffers come in individually sealed sanitation pouches.
> No razors or reusable foot files are used.
> Sinks and tabletops are constantly disinfected.
> Pedi sinks do not have whirlpools and do not harbor bacteria.
L. Spa, Sarasota, Fla.
L. Spa nail specialists pride themselves on their standards of cleanliness. They work as a team to let every client know what they do and why they do it. Signs by the pedi booth answer the unspoken question of why the spa is equipped with sinks instead of whirlpool baths.
L. Spa guarantees:
> All organic Pure Fiji products are dispensed into coconut and ceramic bowls, which are cleaned after each client.
> All nail files and buffers are sanitizable.
> Foot files have steel handles with single-use replacement file pads.
> Foot baths have no jets, which gives the client the safest environment against bacteria.
> All implements are washed, then placed in an implement box with an EPA-registered disinfectant solution.
> The entire area of the work space is disinfected.
> Towels are washed with bleach.
> Tubs are washed to remove residue, then sprayed with a disinfectant spray.