How to Tell if Your Nail Salon is Safe

Sometimes we hear horror stories and they make us paranoid or put us on edge. Stories of people ending up with ingrown toes because of fungal infections from pedicures at nail salons can get very scary. Such incidents make you reevaluate the nail salon you go to and whether you can trust them with your hands and feet.

There are a number of ways to tell if your salon is safe. They do not guarantee beyond the shadow of doubt that you are safe. However, they are signals that allow you to tell if your nail salon is one of the safe ones or if it is not. They include:

Health Department

If your nail salon has a go-ahead from the health department, then it means that they are complying with the standards set for nail salons. There has to be proof that the health department has given the business a nod.

The health department is serious about matters relating to the wellbeing of clients and customers. Whether it has to deal with food, other consumables or even services such as manicures and pedicures, it is the health department’s duty to ensure that establishments comply with the set rules and standards so that diseases, conditions and infections do not spread.


Maybe you have been going to the same nail salon for so long that you never stop to look around with a scrutinizing eye. The first thing that you should do the next time you go in for an appointment is to arrive early. Take a seat and observe as other clients are served, how tools are handled and cleaned before your turn. Look around and check whether the floor is clean and if the employees are well groomed. If the nail salon has all of that going for them, then you can keep going there. If, however, you do start noticing some unusual things, you can start considering a move to another nail salon.


Finally, you might not be able to observe everything or trust that compliance documentation is not forged. However, you can always trust other customers’ reviews. Check online to see what other people have to say about the nail salon. Were they treated badly? What did they like or dislike about the place? This is especially important if the customer was a first time visitor. Information about diseases or fungal infections in the hands and feet after visiting the salon should also be noted and taken seriously. Ultimately, nothing beats the good old fashioned word of mouth. If people say nice things about the nail salon after visiting, then it is a safe place to have your nails done. If people have reservations about the salon, you do not want to be the one who tests whether the theory is true. You would rather be safe than sorry and look for another nail salon.


It is important to periodically reevaluate whether the nail salon you visit is a safe space to have your nails done. You want to be alert always so that you can avoid infections, disappointment with the result or lack of value for money spent.