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Salon Safety

Take this quiz to test your knowledge of nail-salon hazards and what you can do to avoid them.

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Question 1 of 20 Correct

Which of these infections can be transmitted through dirty manicure or pedicure tools?

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The correct answer is: All of the above. Salon tools that are not sterilized properly may be contaminated with viral infections such as hepatitis B or C, HIV and warts. These infections can be shared between people.

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Question 2 of 20 Correct

Which of these techniques should spa staff use to clean manicure and pedicure tools?

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The correct answer is: The best salons use UV sterilizers to sterilize their tools. At the very least, tools should be cleaned with soap and water between uses. However, that will not remove all of the bacteria.

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Question 3 of 20 Correct

True or false: Artificial nails are an ideal way to protect natural nails from damage.

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The correct answer is: This is false. Wearing artificial nails can allow moisture to develop between the artificial and real nail. This encourages bacterial growth and may result in a nail infection or fungus.

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Question 4 of 20 Correct

How should you cut your toenails to avoid ingrown nails?

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The correct answer is: Ask anyone giving you a pedicure to cut your toenails straight across. This will help you avoid an ingrown nail as the trimmed nails begin growing again.

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Question 5 of 20 Correct

True or false: Pedicure tubs only have to be washed once a week.

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The correct answer is: This is false. Pedicure tubs should be disinfected between each use -- not just washed and rinsed.

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Question 6 of 20 Correct

True or false: You should shave your legs before going to the spa to prevent fungal infections.

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The correct answer is: This is false. Never shave your legs the morning you're going to get a pedicure. Tiny cuts in the skin caused by shaving will allow bacteria and fungus to crawl in and cause problems. Go to the salon or nail spa with hairy legs. It might be embarrassing, but it's safer than getting an infection or fungus.

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Question 7 of 20 Correct

Which of these nail care products can cause a nail fungus?

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The correct answer is: Nail polish prevents moisture in the nail from evaporating as it should naturally. The moisture may begin developing into a bacterial or fungal infection underneath your polish. To prevent this, make sure your nails are completely dry before applying polish—after you receive a pedicure, your nails are likely still wet.

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Question 8 of 20 Correct

True or false: Foot razors are illegal in most states in the U.S.

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The correct answer is: This is true. Foot razors used to remove calluses are illegal in most states. These tools can cut the skin very deeply, which could result in bleeding, an infection or worse. Try heel creams and scrubbing stones to remove calluses instead.

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Question 9 of 20 Correct

Which of these is okay for a technician to do to your cuticles?

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The correct answer is: Cuticles protect your nails from infections. Doctors recommend you do not push them back or cut them in any way.

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Question 10 of 20 Correct

Which of these symptoms may be a sign you're having a reaction to hair dye?

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The correct answer is: A reaction to hair dye can cause a burning sensation on the skin, redness or irritation. If you are allergic to ingredients in the hair dye, you could also develop a rash or blisters. Test hair dye on a small portion of your hair or on skin normally hidden by clothes a few days before your appointment to check for possible reactions.

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Question 11 of 20 Correct

True or false: Pregnant women should not dye their hair.

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The correct answer is: This is false. Research has not found any negative effects caused by the use of hair dye or hair coloring in pregnant women. For mommies-to-be, use of hair color is at your own discretion.

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Question 12 of 20 Correct

Which of these can be a serious complication of getting your hair washed?

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The correct answer is: It's called "beauty parlor stroke," and it's what can happen to you when you strain your neck while getting your hair washed or bending your head backwards. The stroke is usually caused by an arterial dissection, a tear within an artery that supplies the brain with blood flow. If you or someone around you begins showing the signs of stroke, seek immediate medical attention.

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Question 13 of 20 Correct

True or false: You cannot catch a fungi from sharing hairbrushes.

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The correct answer is: This is false. Hairbrushes that are not cleaned and disinfected between each person can spread fungi such as tinea capitis, or ringworm. Ask your hair stylist to wash brushes and combs in hot, soapy water before using them on you.

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Question 14 of 20 Correct

Which of these is a risk of having a perm?

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The correct answer is: All of the above. The chemicals used in a perm can cause skin irritation, allergic reactions and chemical burns. Allow only licensed and trained stylists to perform chemical treatments on your hair.

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Question 15 of 20 Correct

True or false: An "organic" label on a hair product means that the product does not pose a health risk.

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The correct answer is: This is false. Just because a label or a salon says a product is "organic" does not mean it can't still be a risk to your health. An organic label only verifies that the chemicals used to create the product were from organically-grown plants. The combination of these organic ingredients can still pose a health risk.

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Question 16 of 20 Correct

Which of these is a health reason not to get a Brazilian wax?

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The correct answer is: Brazilian waxes are safe, although the waxing may make skin sensitive and prone to pimples for a short time afterward. Ask the technician to use fresh wash and a new stick between each application. This is to protect you from both catching and sharing bacteria.

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Question 17 of 20 Correct

Waxing your eyebrows and upper lip can cause which of these problems?

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The correct answer is: The intense heat from waxing facial hair can cause melasma, or dark spots and skin discoloration. Other experts say waxing facial hair can cause acne. A better alternative for removing facial hair is threading.

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Question 18 of 20 Correct

True or false: Nail-drying UV lights may cause skin cancer.

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The correct answer is: This is true. UV nail lights may increase your risk for skin cancer. Very few cases have been reported suggesting a connection between the use of these lights at salons and an increase in skin cancer diagnosis on hands, but this connection hasn't been proven. The safest bet? Let your nails dry naturally and avoid the lights completely.

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Question 19 of 20 Correct

Which of these hair treatments can cause premature thinning?

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The correct answer is: Chemical hair treatments such as straighteners, perms and relaxers can cause premature thinning and hair loss. That's because these chemical treatments can damage your hair follicles, which may no longer be able to grow hair. Use these hair treatments sparingly.

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Question 20 of 20 Correct

True or false: You should bring your own tools to spas.

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The correct answer is: This is true. When in doubt, bring your own manicure and pedicure and hairbrushes to a salon. Just be sure you disinfect them, too.

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