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.
Blossom Beauty Lounge, Redondo Beach, Calif.
“At Blossom, we take pride in knowing we do everything possible to offer our clients 100% cleanliness,” says manager Kay Murphy. The salon promise: to practice “the most intensive sanitizing and disinfected procedures” is stated on its website, Facebook page, and business cards. In addition, clients are walked through the salon while a staff member explains all the steps that are taken to protect the client.
> All files, buffers, sanding disks (for feet instead of pumice), toe dividers, and desk liners are disposable.
> Pedi tubs are jetless, and after every pedicure the magnetic propeller is removed, opened, scrubbed with soap and water, and then switched out with an alternate one that has been soaked in Barbicide.
> Pedi tub is washed with a bleach-based antibacterial cleanser, brushed out, and rinsed.
> Spa chairs are disinfected with spray or antibacterial wipes.
> Pedi tub liners are disposed of after every client.
> All non-disposable instruments are washed with soap and water and soaked in Barbicide.
> Desks, as well as UV/LED lamps, are wiped down with antibacterial wipes
Panache Nail Salon, Stanwood, Wash.
Candice Everest schedules 15-30 minutes on a client’s first appointment to understand the medical history of each new client and to explain her salon’s sanitation policy. During this time, Everest explains what she does (uses Footsie Baths instead of a whirlpool tub) and doesn’t do (cut cuticles off to remove them) to ensure the client’s visit is as sanitary and safe as possible. Clients are able to hear her commitment to them, plus the one-on-one consult allows clients to talk with Everest about any concerns they have.
Everest educates clients not only in person, but also through her website.
> All salon materials and equipment have been sanitized for each individual guest.
> Each Footsie Bath liner is disposed of and replaced after every client.
> Implements and service supplies are placed in individually covered “clean” set-up trays, so they never get touched after being sanitized until the service is performed.
> Files and nail brushes are disposed of after each client, or clients may take them home.
> Angelfeet file is used for callus smoothing, as there is no risk of the file texture coming off in the skin.
> Lotions and scrubs are placed in individual containers to eliminate contamination of the back bar supplies.
> Salon towels are washed in a 3.5-hour sanitizing wash cycle to ensure cleanliness. Towels that don’t come out 100% clean are discarded.
Fill 413 Nail Studio, Cedarburg, Wis.
Owner Annette Calvillo posts a sign in her work area to let clients know they’re protected. She also educates them through her Facebook page; plus, she will use her website (under construction) as an education platform. She is careful not only about surfaces and implements but also about products that touch the clients’ skin. “I use 100% shea butter, 100% pure essential oils, unscented massage oil that is paraben-free, nut-free, gluten-free, and vegan,” says Calvillo. “Being healthy and safe is important to me and my business.”
Fill 413 guarantees:
> Only disposable single-use files, toe separators, and flip-flops are used.
> Stainless steel implements are disinfected in EPA-approved, hospital-grade disinfectant.
> Towel warmer contains a UV sterilizer.
> Towels are laundered in bleach.
> Waterless hand sanitizer contains 70% alcohol.
> Paraffin is ladled into disposable plastic liners.
> First aid kit and instructions are accessible at manicure and pedicure station.
> All trash receptacles are covered.