Familiar manicures and pedicures are far from the safest procedures. If the instruments in the cabin are not handled properly, they can become a source of not only various bacterial infections, but also infection with serious diseases, such as hepatitis B and C, and even HIV.
Tatyana Tsikolina, the head of the Manicure Culture salon, told Life around what kind of processing various nail tools should go through, and in which case it’s better to say goodbye to the master before the procedure begins.
Head of the Salon "Manicure Culture"
Some of the tools we use are disposable. For example, these are the files that we take out of the packaging in front of the client and throw them away after the procedure. Or files with replaceable grinding blocks, which are used once, and the metal base itself is sent for sterilization with the rest of the tool. Nippers, scissors, cutters for manicure and pedicure - all this must be processed in several stages.
Immediately after the procedure, all the tools that the master used fall into the disinfectant solution; in our country it is prepared on the basis of the Optimax special agent. For 15 minutes, tools, files, brushes are in one bath with disinfectant, then transferred to another solution, and, finally, in a bath with clean water. Then we wash them with detergent, dry them and proceed to the processing of metal tools.
We seal all metal tools and milling cutters for machines in kraft bags and send them to a dry heat cabinet where they undergo heat treatment at a temperature of 180 degrees. Each kraft package has an indicator that changes color under prolonged exposure to high temperature. This is what the client can focus on: you need to ask the master for a sealed craft package and make sure that the color of the indicator indicates that the package has passed sterilization. Our craft packages with the tool are opened at the client. I think it’s wrong when the client arrives, and the master has everything laid out on a napkin - there are no guarantees that this tool was taken out of the sterilizer.
After a dry-oven cabinet, kraft packages with tools are stored in a cabinet with ultraviolet lamps, this keeps the tool sterile.
Each master himself watches his tool, we sign all the craft packages. And we have a sterilization journal, where masters record the number of kraft packets and processing time. I check the compliance of these records with the schedule of procedures. We have a certain number of tool kits for each master, and all of them must be processed in a timely manner.
There are salons that offer to make an individual set of tools for the client at his request. In my opinion, this is not necessary. If the processing is carried out efficiently and in accordance with all the rules, it is enough. And files and cutters are consumables, we change them for new ones on average after two procedures. To protect yourself, you must definitely ask that after sterilization the packaging with the instrument is opened with you. If this does not happen, it makes sense to ask questions. And in every self-respecting salon, the masters will surely tell you how the tool is processed so that the client is sure that his health is safe.