If a new client comes to me from another salon with artificial overlays and they have a green bacterial infection underneath, should I soak the nails off and reapply new product or have them come back after the infection has been treated and is gone?
I recommend that you first put on a pair of disposable gloves, then carefully remove the artificial nail. Afterwards, advise the client that you cannot perform any other services on the infected nail until the condition clears up or a medical doctor provides a written release. This release must be saved for future reference, as protection for you and the salon.
After completing the removal process, immediately scrub clean and properly disinfect all implements, tightly seal abrasives and disposables in a plastic bag, and put them into the trash. Then thoroughly clean your work area and thoroughly scrub your hands. Check your local regulations for more detailed information and requirements. It is your professional responsibility to take these precautions to prevent spreading the infection. — Doug Schoon, vice president of science and technology for Creative Nail Design (Vista, Calif.)