Wedding season and special events have many of us visiting the salon and barbershop to get primped and pampered. What you may not realize are the dangers you could be exposing yourself to while there. The good thing is you can guard yourself and others with the right information. The Board of Barbering and Cosmetology (BBC) has launched its latest educational campaign CASafeSalon to spread the word about salon safety and infection control.
Here a few things to remember during your next visit to the salon or barbershop:
- Make sure everyone is licensed, including the establishment. Anyone providing services needs to have a BBC license.
- Check the cleaning logs. Footspas used for pedicures should be cleaned and disinfected after each customer.
- Does the salon or barbershop look clean? If the place doesn’t look clean when you first walk in, you may want to visit another location.
- Check with your barber or cosmetologist if they know whether a product contains formaldehyde-related ingredients and avoid those products.
To learn how to protect yourself and others from potential health hazards from a pedicure, a manicure, hair treatment or other salon services, visit the Board of Barbering and Cosmetology’s website.