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What questions should I ask before receiving a manicure or pedicure?

It's your body, so why not take every precaution?

 Each manicurist must have an individual license issued by the Ohio State Board of Cosmetology in full view. To get that license, he or she must have completed an approved course involving at least 200 hours of training.

 Manicurists should wash and sanitize their hands before touching a client and should ask each client to wash and sanitize their hands before the service.

 Manicurists should lay a clean towel over their stations for every client. Pedicure clients also should get clean towels to rest their feet on, and whirlpools should be disinfected after each use.

 All instruments should be washed in soapy water after each client and fully immersed in a disinfectant approved by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency for at least 10 minutes. Soiled instruments must be stored separately from clean instruments in labeled receptacles. MOST NAIL FILES CANNOT BE DISINFECTED - A NEW ONE MUST BE USED FOR EACH CLIENT.

 Instruments and supplies that cannot be disinfected, such as orange wood sticks and toe separators, should be thrown away immediately after use.

 You should not allow anyone to cut away calluses on your feet. Manicures and pedicures should not be painful or leave your cuticles bloody and swollen.

 Drill bits should be cleaned and disinfected after each client.

 Containers should be clearly marked with the contents.

 There should be adequate ventilation to remove fumes caused by nail products.

 You have the right to get clear answers to your questions about procedures, materials being used and their contents.

If you cannot get these basic principles answered or met to your satisfaction, go to a salon that will.