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We Answer Your Questions

Salon Safety tips:

  • This handout is a guideline to determine whether the salon is providing quality, safe, and pleasant experiences.

  • Is the nail technician and salon licensed?

Most states require that the license be displayed.

  • Before manicurist perform a service on a client. A consultation is recommended.


  • Don’t be afraid to ask nail technicians how the implements have been disinfected.

  • Nail Technicians should wipe manicure table with approved sanitizer

  • The table cloth is to be changed after each customer.

  • Implements are to be disinfected with Barbarcide or EPA approved products at least 10 minutes after each customer. Alcohol, bleach and UV sanitizer and sterilizer are not disinfectants.

  • The glass that contains cotton soaked with blue Barbarcide water is not acceptable. If Barbarcide contacts the skin directly, it can cause an allergic reaction.

  • Nail technicians must sanitize their hands (antibacterial soap or 70% alcohol) before servicing, then yours.


Manicure Service:

  • If customers have any nail diseases (fungus, skin disorders), manicure treatment is not recommended.

  • Cutting cuticle causes an increase in callusing and chance to get bacteria infection, except loose skin, hangnails.



  • Don’t shave your legs for at least 24 hours before a pedicure.

  • If customers have any nail diseases (fungus, mold, skin disorders, cuts), pedicure treatment is not recommended.

  • If there is a customer using the footbath (pedicure station) before you, the footbath should be disinfected at least 10 minutes with barbarcide or an approved disinfectant.

  • Credo blade increases callusing. Use pumice stone and foot file immediately after drying off. Most of pumice stone can’t disinfect. It’s for personal use only. Apply foot lotion with sock to keep skin moisture.

Acrylic Nail:

  • Are acrylics safe? Yes, all nail services are safe when performed by properly trained technician with product knowledge. The more educated nail technicians will not damage your hands with enhancements. Poorly trained nail technicians do.

  • Don’t let nail technician use electric drills to file your natural nail plate. Only hand file is recommended. Electric drill is used to file on acrylic application or fill or backfill.

  • For removing the acrylic application, don’t let nail technicians pop it up, nip with nipper.

  • Soak with acetone is recommended.

  • MMA (methyl methacrylate) is an illegal liquid used in acrylic nails. When a client removes their acrylic nails with acetone, it will not melt. This can be a sign that the nails were done with MMA. MMA monomer is 75% cheaper than legal monomers, so be careful about what you're paying for.

  • Physical reaction after receiving acrylic set:

  • If you have any pain, itchiness, or burning sensations after getting your nails done, this might be from MMA Exposure. Make sure that you don't let the monomer liquid touch your skin. People with certain nail plate types (flat, ridged, or uneven) should not get nail services. It is recommended to get sculpture nails instead.


  • What is the difference between gels and acrylics?
    - There are two types of gels: removable and un-removable. Almost all gels need to be cured under a U.V lamp. Acrylics usually have an odor, but they will dry on their own. However, new technology has created odorless acrylic monomer (liquid).


  • Nail technicians can only wax arm and feet. But Cosmetologist and Esthetician can perform waxing services.

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