Updated: May 3, 2020
You all know I take my profession seriously; and that I not only strive to provide the best professional services, but to also EDUCATE YOU on what to look for, expect, and do in/at the spa, salons etc.
I have noticed a LOT of barbers especially, and other beauty industry people posting Barbicide Certifications.
I trust most of them already practice the standards that are required for a clean, sanitized, and sterile work space, and this pandemic is causing them to want to post it so clients/customers feel safe.
HOWEVER, I need you all as consumers to understand that these signs alone mean NOTHING!!!
There is a BIG DIFFERENCE between cleaning, sanitizing, disinfecting and sterilization (see previous BLOG posts)... and NO MATTER WHICH ONE IS REQUIRED, THEY ALL REQUIRE CLEANING FIRST...
If your hair stylist, barber, nail tech, esthetician does not FIRST WASH combs, clippers, tweezers etc, DROPPING THEM IN BARBICIDE DOES NOTHING (much).
AND the Barbicide solution MUST BE CHANGED DAILY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
The nail salon is the one industry I have seen the most issues in. I didn’t know myself before going to school for esthetics and going into the nail program to be a model for the students and getting services done, that there SO MANY THINGS that are ONLY SUPPOSED TO BE A ONE TIME USE on a clients and then thrown out.
Almost everything used is disposable from the file, to the buffer.
The bottom line is, YOU ARE STILL RESPONSIBLE FOR YOUR OWN SAFETY...
PAY ATTENTION to the environment: see if the tools in the solutions look like they’ve been washed, see if the wax pot is clean, notice where they take their tools from to prepare to be used on you, tell them to use new nail files and buffers on you, and put on new gloves before doing your pedicure etc
I’ve been preaching these things for YEARS, but now is the time for you to really get it if you’ve never gotten it before.
This is not a game.