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While your job is to beau­tify clients, it should also be part and par­cel that you're main­tain­ing a spot clean

sa­lon – not just with the in­te­ri­ors, but with rou­tine prac­tices as well.

Health web­site, Qual­ity Health, lists some of the dis­eases that clients and stylists can po­ten­tially pick up at the sa­lon. And it is both your pro­fes­sional and so­cial re­spon­si­bil­ity to en­sure such in­ci­dents are min­i­mal to none.


Clients tend to share the same equip­ment, and im­proper san­i­ta­tion at hair and nail sa­lons could lead to fun­gal in­fec­tions such as tinea capi­tis and ring­worm. These can cir­cu­late when equip­ment and tools are not cleaned be­tween clients or han­dled in an un­hy­gienic man­ner.


Hep­ati­tis could be passed on through straight ra­zors com­monly used in bar­ber shops to trim the hair on side­burns and necks. A study con­ducted by Emory Univer­sity School of Medicine dis­cov­ered that the five bar­ber shops tested soaked these tools in ster­il­iz­ing so­lu­tions, but none of them de­stroyed Hep­ati­tis C – even if they were soaked for six to 24 hours and even a week.


A trip to the sa­lon isn't com­plete with­out nail pam­per­ing. In­fec­tions such as staphy­lo­coc­cus, strep­to­coc­cus and pseu­domonas can come back with the client af­ter a pam­per­ing ses­sion at the sa­lon. Plenty of the cases are pedi­cure-re­lated, of­ten from con­tam­i­nated foot­baths. Poorly cleaned foot spas al­low biofilm such as oils, skin, hair and lo­tion to build up, and the biofilm acts as a breed­ing group for my­cobac­te­ria. The bac­terium en­ters the skin through small cuts caused by shav­ing.

In ad­di­tion, it isn't just sa­lon clients who are at risk, but sa­lon staff as well. Due to pro­longed ex­po­sure to chem­i­cals, fre­quent hand wash­ing, or in­fec­tions con­tracted by clients who have hair and scalp dis­or­ders. While some con­di­tions aren't life threat­en­ing, oth­ers can be­come life­long ill­nesses if left ig­nored.


Sa­lon em­ploy­ees can con­tract con­tact der­mati­tis caused by ex­po­sure to prod­ucts such as sham­poo and colour­ing agents as well as pro­longed work with flu­ids. It causes dry, flaky, itchy and blis­tered hands. How­ever, this can be pre­vented with use of non-la­tex gloves while sham­poo­ing and colour­ing.


Sa­lon staff can have al­ler­gic re­ac­tions to com­monly used sub­stances in the sa­lon. What makes it a con­cern is that these can de­velop rapidly and in­crease in in­ten­sity. It man­i­fests from rashes and ir­ri­ta­tion or res­pi­ra­tory episodes.

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