Beauty enthusiasts know better than to joke with their nails. They value every visit made to pedicure spas and salons. Not only do they want their hands and feet to look more beautiful, they also yearn to improve their health and wellness. Every serious pedicurist is aware of their clients’ needs.
For me, pedicure and manicure appointments provide opportunities to enjoy the thoroughly elaborate process of soaking the feet in hot water, washing and massaging the hands and feet. I am definitely in awe of the therapeutic benefits pedicures and manicures especially its ability to reduce stress and increase blood circulation in the body.
Health practitioners, now consider pedicure salon businesses, which used to be categorized under the beauty industry, important. But just as people are aware of its benefits, they are fast becoming aware of the health risks of getting pedicure treatments. Therefore, owners and managers of pedicure spas and salons expected to ensure that their businesses adhere to the recommended safety, sanitation and infection control measures. Customers are more likely to flock to pedicurists who go out of their way to keep their shops clean and tidy.
There are basic things every pedicurist must note about maintaining a healthy pedicure spa. Below are four most important health and safety tips that can help any business owner run a dependable pedicure spa and salon. Please note that the following tips were prescribed by health:
1. Clean Every Nook and Cranny of The Pedicure Spa and Salon
A big salon might require a professional cleaner or two. Pedicurists prefer to handle their cleaning if they are running a small salon. Whatever you decide to do, always ensure that every part of the pedicure spa is thoroughly scrubbed and cleaned.
Tales have been told about nail salons who lost hordes of customers because there were unclean spots, dust, cobwebs and even spilled water. Nobody wants to risk contracting bacterial, fungal or even viral infections as a result of a botched appointment at a pedicure salon.
Smart business owners that they should never compromise on cleanliness. Business gurus say it is best to hire diligent cleaners. Also ensure that the cleaners are properly supervised. You don’t want to be paying people for nothing.
Most importantly, train your staff. Ensure that they are stationed at their posts before clients start trooping in. The cleaners should spend the early work hours inspecting every nook and cranny of the nail spa and getting rid of dirt, germs, insect hubs, and webs. Try not to scrimp on cleaning liquids and air purifier. Your clients can see and smell too. It is important to get rid of allergens. Bathroom and toilets should be clean at all times.
Again clients notice when instruments, supplies and equipment are neatly organized. Pedicurists easily earn the clients’ trust when they prove that they are focused and orderly. If possible, go the extra mile of arranging all instruments on a clean white cloth or paper towel. This health measure is geared towards protecting work tools and instruments from being infected.
Ensure that every equipment is wiped clean. Special attention must be given to mirrors, cabinets, pedicure chairs and other fittings. These things are likely to catch the eyes of every health conscious client.
2. Sterilize and Decontaminate Baths
One thing every beauty enthusiast knows is this: mornings are the best time for spa visits. This explains why customers schedule pedicure and manicure appointments in the morning. Everyone wants to use the spa while everything is in tiptop shape.
If the pedicure salon is the most hygienic immediately the business opens for the day, then that’s the best time to use the equipment. One is less likely to pick up an infection, especially from the bath. A smart spa owner can prove his/her clients wrong by ensuring that the salon filters, foot baths and other equipment are regularly sterilized and disinfected after each pedicure treatment.
During employee trainings, teach your cleaners to scrub sensitive the baths with disinfectant, warm water and detergents. They must do so until there is no speck of dirt left. Not only will your baths be free of germs and microscopic pathogens, your bath will glow and win the confidence of your clients.
You can also go further to sterilize instruments with UV radiation. This helps get rid of the toughest pathogens. It will be fantastic if you can investing in single-use nail files and buffing squares. Who wouldn’t like to us new and uninfected tools and equipment?
3. Always Abide by Hygiene and Sterilization Rules
Just in case you didn’t know, there are hygiene and sterilization guidelines for nail spas and salons. Yes, there are. These rules range from ensuring the esthetician gets a hand wash before and after every pedicure and manicure procedure, to ensuring that the specific treatments are tailored to suit the health needs of the client.
It is important to abide by each of these rules, whether or not your clients inquire about them. The best way to keep your clients is to maintain thoroughly cleaned massage tables, sheets and environments. Another important guideline is to ensure that you do not use the same towel or cloth on two different clients.
I particularly trust salons that spot framed copies of their guarantee to abide by hygiene ethics and decontamination measures. If your company has a website, clients will like to see a copy on the blog section. We like to know that you are serious about our health and wellness.
4. Ask Customers About Their Health Concerns
Whether you use online surveys or good old paper forms, always ensure that you document your customers’ health concerns.
Most pedicure spas distribute forms to all their new clients. These forms inquire about the customers preferences, contact information etc. However, health experts advise that there should be a section dedicated to the customers’ health concerns. The idea is to avoid any pedicure contradictions that might occur.
Once I heard a diabetic complain that her pedicurist had completely neglected to give her the customized pedicure treatments she required. She swore never to return to that pedicure spa. How sad. Every client has a customized treatment that is best suited for him or her. For instance, clients with poor blood circulation on their feet require suitable treatments. If the pedicurist is aware of the clients’ health status, he/she is likely to recommend treatments that will boost the customer’s health and wellness.
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