There’s more to a salon than just having good artists, and although many may not think about it, a clean and professional nail salon is critical. This is because poor nail salon practices can waste your money at best and be a serious health risk at worst. To help, this article will review what you need to look for when choosing a new nail salon.

Expertise and Services

“What is your salon’s expertise?” is actually one of the first questions you should ask before scheduling an appointment. Not only will it give you a better idea of their services and level of professionalism, but it is the quickest way to see if a salon is right for you. Ideally, you’ll know the manicure you want before you call so that they can match you with a manicurist that fits you best. This is also a good opportunity for you to inquire about their prices.


Once you’ve booked the appointment, it’s a good idea to give the actual facility a once over. As you probably already know, there are a lot of chemicals in a salon, and those chemicals can really smell. While some level of smell is normal, it is not normal for a facility to make you dizzy or give you a headache. The OSHA requirements for nail salons state that a sensory irritation-free environment must be provided. If you’re not seeing proper vents, fans, source capture systems, or the salon is just intolerable to be in, it’s best to turn around and leave.


While you’re waiting for your appointment, it’s wise to observe the technicians. Because their equipment can’t be switched out and new for every client, sanitation between clients is critical. This goes beyond the tools that they use on your nails. The same must be true for the foot baths, towels, or anything else that touches the human body. If you notice that these tools and equipment are not being switched, cleaned, or sterilized properly, you may be putting yourself at risk of a fungal infection if you go through with the appointment.

Now that you know what to look for when choosing a new nail salon, you’re better equipped to find the right salon and the right manicurist for you. Never settle for less than the best. You and your nails deserve it.