SALON PRACTICED YOU SHOULD NOT BE DOING
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 B OR C
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.