How is it that clients can share bottles of polish safely? Should I worry about cross-contamination?
You do not have to worry about cross-contamination of nail polish when it is used correctly. Scientific testing has shown that nail polish aggressively kills common pathogens that can lead to nail infections. That means when nail polish is applied to healthy nails with no visible signs of infection, it would be extremely unlikely for cross-contamination to occur. Even so, nail polish should never be applied to an infected or unhealthy looking nail plate unless a doctor has previously determined there is no risk of transmitting an infection. If nail polish is accidentally applied to any nail plate that shows visible signs of infection, proper salon sanitation protocol dictates that the bottle should immediately be properly disposed of and not used on any other client. -- Doug Schoon is chief scientific advisor for CND
I just recently started doing nails and I had two clients back-to-back. My hands were so tired after filing and I even started getting cramps, back pain, and shoulder pain. Is this normal? Will I get accustomed to my job after a while so I’m not in pain?
I have a client who has a recurring problem with her fourth toes during the winter months. Both of her “ring finger” toes develop a pinkish-red oval area on the pad. Then a month later, when I see her again, the skin has become dry and hard like a callus, with the layers of skin peeling away to reveal a deeper, dark epicenter. It’s extremely painful for her and, needless to say, we do not touch it. But it clears up in the summer when she’s wearing open-toed sandals, so I suspect it has to be due to the boots she wears in the winter. Plus she never puts lotion on her feet or uses a foot file in between visits. What do you think causes this?
I have a client who has been with me for about two years. She used to wear acrylic nails but has been a natural nail client for eight months or so. She has these white spots on her nails — big spots that are dry, but not flaky, right in the middle of the nail. I did try to buff them lightly but they do not come off or grow off. I had a new client come in last week who had the same on her toenails. She said it started after she had a pedicure done at another salon. Can you help?
I’m wondering how other techs have solved the problem of odors in the salon during chemotherapy? I have an amazing extraction vent system, but even the slightest odor of paraffin or polish makes me queasy. It has affected the services I can offer.