More Salons Disciplined for Performing Unsanitary Nail Practices
The Iowa Board of Cosmetology Arts and Sciences Examiners has taken disciplinary action regarding the following licensees: My Le Duong, previously doing business as L.A. Nails of Davenport, Iowa; The Gallery Salon on Broadway and owner Betty Ann Saar of Council Bluffs, Iowa; Creations by Design, Ltd. and owner Tacey A. Stoelk of Carroll, Iowa; Hair Trendz of Carroll, Iowa; and Kristi's Hair Designs of Bettendorf, Iowa.
These disciplinary actions are the second round to be issued resulting from state inspection of nearly 550 salons conducted by the Department of Inspections and Appeals. My Le Duong was cited for unsanitary practices and employing individuals to practice cosmetology arts and sciences without a license, the others were cited for unsanitary practices.
You can protect against unsanitary practices by making sure the technician's and salon's licenses are posted in plain sight or by making sure the technician carries a license wallet card. Also make sure that the business is clean, instruments are sanitized between customers, technician(s) washes his or her hands between customers, there is good ventilation for release of fumes, the technician places a clean towel on the workstation and sanitized instruments have been soaked in an approved disinfectant. If these things are not done, walk out of the shop. It's okay to be a savvy consumer; your health depends on it. Common dangers associated with unsanitary nail practices are infections of the nail from fungi, staph or viruses, and the lifting of or loss of the nail. Rare problems can result in loss of a finger or a toe.
The Bureau of Professional Licensure within the Iowa Department of Public Health provides coordination, support, and licensing of 19 boards of health-related examiners. The bureau licenses and regulates about 90,000 individuals and 7,250 businesses.