While certain states, like Virginia, have “sufficient” regulations, there are no federal mandates on how exactly your nail and hair salon should prevent the spread of disease. And just because there are state regulations, that doesn’t necessarily mean every shop is complying. Maybe having that mani-pedi party at home with your girlfriends and learning to cut your own hair is not such a bad idea after all?
The evaluation of infection through nail and hair salon tools was prompted by an acute case of hepatitis C that was "clearly related to a manicure/pedicure treatment.” Since then, researchers have looked at 18 other studies and found other associations with both hepatitis B and C, although none of the studies were conducted in the U.S. and things like sample size and population may not have been accurately represented.
In the meantime, Dr. Johnson recommends protecting your health by asking the salon staff if they are properly cleaning and disinfecting their equipment (hopefully, they will be honest). Your best bet? Bring your own clippers, razors, buffers and nail files with you. And keep a close watch on how the nail and hair salons you visit clean the tools before they touch your hands or hair. If hygiene doesn’t seem to be a priority, take your nails and strands elsewhere.
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