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Manicures and Pedicures

A manicure is a beauty treatment for the fingernails and hands while a pedicure is a beauty treatment for the toenails and feet. Both treatments involve using tools, creams, oils and wax on your skin and nails.

Since manicure and pedicure tools can become contaminated with bacteria, fungi and blood-borne viruses such as Hepatitis B and C and HIV, it is important that they are cleaned and disinfected using proper procedures prior to reuse. Some tools should not be reused at all.

Before you consider a manicure or pedicure, be sure that you don't have a nail or skin infection. You could spread the infection to the nail technician or other clients. It is important to get a manicure or pedicure from a salon inspected by the Health Unit. If you are having a foot bath as part of your pedicure service, avoid shaving your legs beforehand to help reduce your risk of getting an infection.

Reduce your risk by ensuring:

  • the nail technician washes their hands before getting started

  • the technician is working in a clean and organized area

  • tools (scissors, clippers, pedicure razor blade holders) have been cleaned and disinfected with alcohol or bleach between clients

  • nail clippers, emery boards, nail files, nail buffers, pumice stones, wooden cuticle pushers, foam toe separators and slippers are single-use

  • foot baths are cleaned and disinfected between each client

  • a new pedicure razor blade is used for every client and then discarded into a special "sharps" container immediately after use

  • all creams and lotions are dispensed in a way that does not contaminate the remaining lotion or cream

For more information, contact the Health Unit toll-free at 1-866-888-4577.