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Something to Talk About: Washing Hands

Salon best practices include handwashing before every service — both for the client and the tech. But why bother when a squirt of hand sanitizer can kill the germs?

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Wash Your Hands: 5 Common Mistakes

Use these five tips to remind your students of the importance of properly washing their hands. Hand-washing is among the top suggestions for making sure you don’t catch what your clients and team members bring into the salon.

A Doctor’s Advice on Soothing Irritated Hands

Portland, Ore.-based dermatologist Patricia Norris offers advice on dermatitis, hand-washing, moisturizers, and glove use.

Waterless Hand-Washing for Sensitive Skin

Ultronics’ Ultracare for Hands is an alcohol-free, waterless antiseptic handwash that is non-drying and non-irritating for sensitive hands.

The Salon Inspector Says …

Though required by your state board, most nail techs do not wash their hands before starting a service.

The ABCs of Sanitation

A is for apple, unless you are a nail tech on the frontlines of client safety. Join in an alphabetical micro-tour of how we clean up.   

Sing Your Way to Clean

“Have you sung the Happy Birthday song today?”“

Soap Vs.Sanitizers: Soap Wins Hands Down

New guidelines issued by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention urge doctors and nurses to stop washing their hands with soap and water between patients and instead rub on a fast-drying hand sanitizer.

On the Couch Answers Your Sticky Situations

How do you handle kids in the salon and other touchy subjects. 

Get Clients in a Lather

Michelle Palmer, a nail tech at The Nail Company in Camdenton, Mo., got tired of cheaters—clients who’d skip the soap when sent to wash up—so she instituted a new and improved system.