To properly take care of your mental health it’s important to pamper yourself once in awhile. A lot of women (and men) enjoy getting manicures and pedicures to bring up their spirits. What most people don’t realize is there are a lot of things they should know before stepping into a nail salon. Keep reading to find out the dos and don’ts of getting your pamper on at the nail salon.

Infections can run rampant in nail salons.

One of the risks you can run into while visiting a low-quality nail salon is infection. Anything from HIV to Hepatitis B and C to a nasty fungus can be found in a nail salon. Doctors suggest bringing your own tools to avoid contracting any sort of infection. Also, pay attention to how clean the salon is. If it’s not up to your standards, find another place.

Make sure a proper nail file is being used.

If the nail manicurist is using an overly coarse file it could actually damage your nails. If it looks and feels a bit like sandpaper, ask the manicurist to a finer-grit file or a glass file.

Don’t allow your manicurist to remove your cuticles.

Cuticles protect your nails from infection, so your manicurist can actually infect or damage your nails by removing them. Just ask your manicurist to soften them and push them back instead. Your nails will thank you for it.

Make sure your manicurist is sterilizing their tools in between each client.

When you walk into a salon you should see tools soaking inside of a blue liquid. This liquid is a disinfectant that can kill most microbial life that causes infections. Also, avoid going to places that sterilize their tools using UV lights. Podiatrist, Dr. Sutera says, “It’s a six-hour process to sterilize instruments. You have to get them at really, really high temperatures; you have to soak them in different solutions; they have to be scrubbed. So putting them in that little toaster oven in between clients for a few minutes? I don’t think that that’s really doing much.”

Make sure your manicurist is sterilizing their tools in between each client.

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We understand everyone wants to save a few dollars, but it’s not the smartest thing to do when it comes to nail salons.

A low-quality manicure could lead to a condition called onycholysis, which looks like an emptiness under your nails. Onycholysis is a result of damaging the lower layer of your nails. It’s better to just pay the extra money and avoid having to go to an dermatologist to get it treated.

We understand everyone wants to save a few dollars, but it's not the smartest thing to do when it comes to nail salons.

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