I'm new to this field. Exactly what is a pipeless pedicure chair? How is it different from a standard pedicure chair? Is it a state requirement for any state?
The main difference is with the jets. A traditional piped-in pedicure chair has a pump and a network of pipes to create the jets; a pipeless system has a bowl with some type of propeller that moves the water within the bowl, creating the jet feel but without the water moving through pipes where bacteria can collect. The fresh pedicure water does still come in through pipes and there is a power drain.
The issue with a lot of pipes is they are hard to clean. The piped-in chairs take a lot of time for proper cleaning, and many salons don’t take them apart and clean them as thoroughly as their state boards require. It’s not a state requirement to have pipeless pedicure chairs. It is a trend, however, and one that I think is beneficial for client safety.
—Robbie, ROB|B: An OPI Concept Salon, Studio City, Calif.