This is a guest post by my lovely wife. She lived in china for 2 years. Rather than talking about pollution, she’s going to talk about something more fun. Nail salons!
Being relatively new to nail salons in general, and brand new to nail salons in the western world. I was surprised to learn that there are rules.
When I was living in China, the nail salon that got my business was the nail salon near me. I knew nothing of these regulations. It was a more innocent time. One not filled with nightmares of fungal infections, or worse.
Now that I’m home again, I’m on the lookout for a ‘go-to’ nail salon. And by all accounts, there are a few things I need to pay attention to. So these 5 of the things I will be checking in a salon before I part with my hard earned cash.
- The price
Bargain hunting is an activity best suited to clothes shopping. When it comes to a manicure, you get what you pay for. And I don’t want ‘what I pay for’ to be unsanitary equipment and exposure to bacteria. Also, with so much attention drawn to the exploitation of some salon staff in the media. I naively expect a higher price-tag to mean higher wages.
- The smell
It goes without saying that I don’t want to spend an hour of my day in a place that smells awful. If it smells dirty. Bad sign. Equally, if there’s an overpowering scent of chemicals, I won’t be sticking around for long enough to inhale them all.
Yep, nail technicians need licenses to practice. So if a salon has 10 technicians, but only 1 licence on display you can bet I won’t be giving them my business.
- Masks and gloves.
Technicians should be wearing both. In China, people wore masks all of the time. The nail salon was just about the only place they weren’t in use. So now I’m watching out for them. The masks, show good practice since them chemical might harm technicians. The gloves protect us both from transferring bacteria.
- An autoclave
This machine, used to sterilise equipment will save me from all of the terrifying potential infections I never knew I could pick up from the salon tools.
Here’s hoping I can find a salon that fits all of my new requirements before I break a nail. Now that I’m back home again, I have to find another nail salon near me. The fun starts all over again 🙁
At least the hair salons near me look pretty good 😛