In Denver, some nail salons end up being fined with thousands of dollars because of their unsanitary and risky salon services.
People go to the salon to allow themselves some time for relaxation. However, some customers have experienced otherwise. In fact, some clients claimed that they only felt alarmed and unsafe during one of their salon appointments.
For instance, one customer of Ooolala Nail Salon in Highlands Ranch claimed that one technician cut her with clippers while she was having her nails done. Moreover, this particular customer observed that the nail tech was not wearing gloves and did not even use any first-aid kit to treat their wound. Moreover, the nail tech started pouring some unknown solution to the wound, causing alarm to the customer.
However, one TV program named Ooolala Nail Salon as the eighth dirtiest salon in Colorado in 2016. As a consequence, the salon paid around $2200 in fine. The fine was punishment for using dirty equipment when providing services to customer and for using reagents contained in unlabeled bottles.
Meanwhile, the top 10 most fined salons were guilty of using unclean tools or foot stubs.
With this regard, it seems that most people do not realize the dangers that services like pedicures and manicures may bring. Moreover, dirty foot water and unsanitized clippers may cause infections. Thus, customers with sores or cuts or existing infections should just skip their nail salon appointment to prevent themselves from being infected with bacteria, viruses, and fungi.
Thus, to take care of people’s health, the Colorado Department of Regulatory Agencies (DORA) impose strict regulations on nail salons. Salons are also required to obtain licenses before they start their operations. Likewise, inspectors are very strict in observing the overall cleanliness of salons and their equipment.
Any violations made on these regulations and other implemented standards result in fines or probationary status until they start conforming to the rules.
To guide people when going to nail salons, DORA released some tips for nail salon customers:
ENSURE THAT THE SALON POSSESSES THE REQUIRED LICENSE
Customers should see right away in walls of establishment the license for their services. However, if the license is not posted on a wall, the customers have every right to ask the salon staff to see it. Moreover, people should also realize that cosmetologist and nail technicians should possess different license types.
CHECK THAT SINGLE-USE ITEMS ARE USED AS INDICATED
Paper nail files, orangewood sticks, pumice stones, and foam flip-flops should only be used once.
METAL AND PLASTIC TOOLS SHOULD BE SANITIZED BEFORE USE
Clients are advised to check whether the tools that will be used on their hands and feet are thoroughly sanitized.