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Fungi are insidious little critters: plant-like parasites that
thrive in warm, moist places. Once they invade the nails, they
can be ver y difficult to ev ict and cause a lot of ugliness in the
process – even loss of nails altogether.
Symptoms may be discolouration or yellow streaks under the
nail; nails that are distorted or thickened, brittle, crumbly or
ragged; nails separated from the underlying bed; a build-up of
debris under the nail; or white spots or streaks on the surface.
A nail salon is potentially an ideal env ironment for fungi to
spread – not exactly good for business.
“Fungi spores are highly communicable so decontamination
between each and every customer is key – there can be no short cuts!”
says K aron McKendrick-Taylor, educator for Faby Italian Nail Lacquer.
“ The spores can live on a nail file, root file, rasp, block buff,
towel or shower floor for a long time, so salons should ensure that
all equipment is not only cleaned but thoroughly disinfected after
each treatment. At the end of the day, equipment should be dried
and stored in appropriate areas,” she says.
“ Saloncide is a well-known disinfectant for use on equipment
and surfaces but should not be used directly on the skin.”
However, fungal spores can also contaminate nail polish and
then spread to healthy nails. You might even want to encourage
clients with troublesome tootsies to bring their own polish (that
they buy from you, of course!).
It’s not exactly a topic of polite
conversation, but nail fungus needs to
be aired, so to speak. Onychomycosis
affects up to 10 per cent of the population
and as many as 40 per cent of people
over age 60, causing embarrassment and
distress. Jenni Gilbert talks to experts
about prevention and cure.
Rose Bolam, education and business development manager of
Jessica Cosmetics Australia, says that hygiene and safety starts at
She has rules for workstations that must be strictly adhered to:
• Fresh, clean towels every day to cover the work surface. Towels
must be laundered using hot, soapy water and dried outside.
• Use of disposable paper towels with ever y client.
• Tables to be wiped with disinfectant.
• Therapists must wash hands before and after each client (clients
should also wash hands before treatment).
• Inspect clients’ nails before starting to identify a possible
• Use spray sanitiser on their hands and feet and the implements at
the start and again on the implements at the end.
• Product bottles and containers must be kept clean at all times.
• All metal implements must be sterilised by using an autoclave
(hospital grade steriliser) or appropriate chemicals. A nother
option is to keep a set of implements for each client that are
purchased by the client.
When it comes to treating feet, K aron McKendrick-Taylor
recommends a single-use liner for the pedicure tub and disposable
single-use files for toes.
“I’ve had great results using Faby Glass File for nails because it
can be sanitised between customers and used even when wet.”
What to do in that awkward situation when a client presents
with what looks like an infection? “Nail therapists are not doctors
and cannot accurately diagnose a potential fungal condition,”
says Rose. “However, you must let the client know about
“Do not tell them they have ‘nail fungus’; rather, advise them to
see a doctor. The term ‘contraindication’ can be used when you feel
that a nail service should not be performed.”
What you should never do is humiliate a client by making them
feel ‘unclean’, adds K aron. “Offer them another treatment while
they are in the salon,” she says. “Make sure they leave feeling
pampered, not embarrassed.”
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