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“When you choose a nail salon, you need to make sure it is licensed by the state,” Ostrosky said. “Having a state license means there are certain hygiene standards and that the salon has been inspected. It gives you assurance that there is a level of cleanliness there and you want to make sure that the actual beauty technician who works on you is licensed, as well. That means they have been trained in sterilization and technique.”

A manicure is not typically given when receiving a set of artificial nails because it interferes with the bonding process between the extensions and the acrylic. If you choose this option, nail tips allow for a more personalized look. Many salons have the basic French tips, but they also have more exciting ones with pre-made designs, in a variety of colors.
But getting gel manicures all the time is horrible for your nail's health, explains Katie Jane Hughes, global color ambassador for Butter London, who told TODAY, "The thing I like least about gel manicures is the removal process. Removing gels weakens the nail bed as it's most sensitive when wet. The manicurist will most likely scrub at your nail with a metal tool to remove the gel polish, which can damage the nail bed very easily. Also, the UV light used for gels is not healthy for your nails."
Professional services should not include dipping clients' hands or feet into a communal paraffin bath, as the wax can be a vector for disease. Paraffin should be applied in a way that avoids contamination, often by placing a portion of the wax into a bag or mitt, which is placed on the client's hand or foot and covered with a warm towel, cotton mitt, or booty to retain warmth. The paraffin is left for a few minutes until it has cooled.
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