“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.”
“It was good to see the men just interacting with each other and enjoying something new. You could tell they were like little kids a little bit, the way they were sitting there, smiling, eating cookies,” Giles said. “It’s not like the barbershop. . . . People try to be tough in the barbershop [but], when you go to the nail salon, I feel like you just got to let it all out. Chill out and relax and have a good time.”

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“The typical infections we would be concerned about with nail salons are the standard run-of-the-mill bacterial infections like staph or strep that occur when you have a breakdown in the skin,” he said. “We are also concerned about more exotic infections like atypical microbacterial infections—which are basically cousins of tuberculosis—and those have been reported in nail salons and those are typically difficult to diagnose and they require very long treatment on antibiotics. We are also concerned about fungal infections.”
Scrub your feet with a pumice stone or foot file while they are wet. A pumice stone is a light, porous volcanic rock often used to remove dead skin cells and calluses. You can also use a foot file to do this. To use, hold the tool up to your foot, and quickly move it back and forth. It is best to work in about 1 in (2.5 cm) areas at a time. Apply steady pressure, but be careful not to push too hard.[5]
“It’s important to exfoliate your cuticles regularly, especially if you have dry skin. But you don’t have to wait for your manicurist to do this—just rub your nails with a wash cloth in the shower, pushing back and rubbing in a circular motion. The moist air in the shower will help soften the cuticle so you can clean it and remove dead skin easier.” —Lisa Jachno, a celebrity manicurist based in California Here are some surprising things your nails can reveal about your health.

"A huge risk for dip nail manicures is sanitation. It is incredibly unsanitary for multiple clients to dip their fingers in the same container of powder, even pouring the product over multiple clients’ nails and allowing the product powder to fall back into the container is an easy way for nail infections to be passed between clients. If you notice techs applying the dip powder in either of those ways, LEAVE and go to a different salon."

Apply a cuticle softening product to the base of each nail. Use a cuticle softening balm or oil serum. Alternatively, you can use honey as a natural cuticle softener. All 3 options work great to soften your cuticles, so you can easily remove the dead skin. Apply the product where the toenail meets the nail bed. Then, massage each toe to distribute the product.[10]
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^ Marlow, David A.; Looney, Timothy; Reutman, Susan (September 2012). "An Evaluation of Local Exhaust Ventilation Systems for Controlling Hazardous Exposures in Nail Salons (EPHB Report No. 005-164)" (PDF). Department of Health and Human Services, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health. Retrieved 5 March 2013.
“The typical infections we would be concerned about with nail salons are the standard run-of-the-mill bacterial infections like staph or strep that occur when you have a breakdown in the skin,” he said. “We are also concerned about more exotic infections like atypical microbacterial infections—which are basically cousins of tuberculosis—and those have been reported in nail salons and those are typically difficult to diagnose and they require very long treatment on antibiotics. We are also concerned about fungal infections.”
On May 7, 2015, The New York Times journalist Sarah Maslin Nir broke the two-part story titled "The Price of Nice Nails" and "Perfect Nails, Poisoned Workers" about abuses in New York salons related to ill-treatment of workers and associated health risks. As a result, on May 11, 2015, New York governor Andrew Cuomo took immediate measures announcing a Multi-Agency Enforcement Task Force to tackle the abuse in the nail salon industry.[10]
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