Thursday, November 20, 2014

Before Your Next Pedicure, Make Sure the Nail Salon is Sanitary

RICHMOND, Va. (WRIC) -- Sit back and relax. The water is warm. The tools are heated to temperatures topping 200 degrees. It sounds like the makings for a pedicure, and it is at Chesterfield Podiatrist's office. Dr. Mitchell Waskin opened a nail medi spa a couple years ago for Diabetic patients or those on chemotherapy, people whose conditions required some extra care. There was so much demand, however, that he recently expanded to help handle all the cases of fungus, infections and other issues clients were contracting at their neighborhood salons. A woman who asked not to be identified understands all too well. "She just went too far, and it wasn't a good pedicure," she says, talking about a salon visit last year that resulted in an ingrown toenail. "She kept trying to fix it with subsequent visits, and then it got infected. In fact I had to take antibiotics before I could get it, the toenail removed and the doctor came in and removed the toenail. Antibiotics, surgery, yeah. It was in-office surgery but it was still surgery. It hurt." A year later, and that toenail is barely grown out. Meanwhile, the woman's medical bills have added up. Waskin says that is not uncommon. "There have been studies done which showed some people who saved $20 on a pedicure ended up spending tens of thousands in healthcare costs because of infections they got and then trying to cure those infections." There are infections and hard-to-treat fungus caused by using nail files and buffers on one client after another. Waskin says you will not find that at his medical nail salon. Also, cuticles are never cut because that can be a gateway for germs. There is no whirlpool at the medi spa either. Even the EPA says the pipe work can harbor and then circulate bacteria. "The liquid disinfectants and the ultraviolet lights have been shown not to 100% kill all bacteria, viruses and fungus," Waskin explains but says a steam autoclave like the ones used for surgical tools will. "This is the same technology that's used in hospitals and absolutely kills 100% of the bacteria, virus and the fungus." Waskin says neighborhood salons might pull out packs used in steam autoclaves to give the impression they have used one, but clients should take a closer look to be sure. "If you see a packet that is pink or blue it means it was not steam-sterilized. After it was properly sterilized, the indicator will turn gray or black," he points out the color tab on the packets. Annette Nelms says the medical salon thankfully caught an ingrown nail before it turned into a nightmare, so now she does not go anywhere else for a pedicure. "They're meticulous about paying attention to the toes rather than the color of the polish. They're paying attention to the medical aspect of giving a pedicure instead of the aesthetic." Nail medi spa prices are comparable to what you would spend at some places you can go to in a strip mall. If that is not convenient but you are still concerned about safety, the Virginia Department of Processional and Occupational Regulation has a sanitation checklist you can follow at any salon. It also encourages you to report any concerns about cleanliness or how the salon is offering a treatment. Waskin says services like paraffin wax can be relaxing, but you should beware of any reused wax. Anything pulled off of someone else's skin ends up on yours. Also, ask to look at the filter on a whirlpool foot bath. It should be cleaned and disinfected between every client to cut down on potential problems. Copyright 2014 by Young Broadcasting of Richmond Posted: Nov 17, 2014 4:21 PM CST Updated: Nov 18, 2014 7:45 AM CST http://www.wric.com/story/27408361/how-sanitary-are-nail-salons

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

OPI GEL LACQUER

This selection of beautiful bold colors by OPI (gel based) is a must have. The gel colors stand out and can be applied just like nail polish without the UV lamp.

Monday, November 10, 2014

Vinyl Lux

Vinyl Lux is a great alternative for No Chip Manicure. It can last just as long as the no chip manicure without soaking off or the use of the UV lamps. Just use your regular nail polish for removal.
Vinyl Lux

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Wednesday, November 5, 2014

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Removing the No Chip Manicure

Remember you must have 100% Acetone to remove the no chip manicure. Regular fingernail polish may take a very long time for removal or may not remove the gel. Please do not peel away at your no chip manicure. Improper removal is the #1 reason for damage nails. I have full instructions on how to remove the nochipmanicure also at: How To Remove the No Chip Mamicure

Friday, January 31, 2014

Vinyl Lux by CND

Neuroon, world's first smart sleep mask! Ok ladies, I have been trying out the Vinyl Lux and I absolutely love it. I love that it is so easy to apply and requires no base coat. I also love that it can be removed with nail polish remover. The Vinyl Lux Comes in about 40 colors at my nearest nail supply store.

Wednesday, January 15, 2014

What's The Difference in the No Chip Manicure And other brands such as Shellac or Gelish.

I was asked this questions several times this week and I hope I get it right. First, I would like  to believe there is a difference between every NCM brand. Some brands are thicker, some are thinner requiring more coats to get a true color. I literally had to pour Gelish out of the jar to get glitter on the nails. However, I have no problem with Biosculpture glitter.

Again, the removal with Shellac is much quicker; no filing the top layer off. But, I would never put the Shellac on my teacher's and nurse's Nails because it just do not last as long as the other No Chip System. Also, the smell on some of the brands are fairly strong and has even caused my nose to run, some NCM smelling exactly like acrylic. I do not get this smell from BioSculpture (but there is a smell just not acrylic ally).




I love Gelish cause it is much quicker, but I find it to be a bit thinner than some of the brands. Gelish uses a LED lamp oppose to a UV lamp.

Yes, yes I love Bio Sculpture because it is just a quality gel. But other brands are slowly catching up. I came across the CND Vinyl Lux which can last for several weeks and clients can remove it home with finger nail polish. No UV or LED lamp needed at all for the CND Vinyl Lux.