Special Report: Beyond the polish

Special Report: Beyond the polish


by BORA KIM / NBC Charlotte

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Posted on November 1, 2013 at 11:18 PM

Updated Saturday, Nov 2 at 6:11 AM

CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- A nationwide nail scare more than a decade ago brought to light the hidden dangers at nail salons. The State Board of Cosmetic Arts Examiners regulates licensing and sanitary practices for the estimated 14,0000 nail and hair salons in the North Carolina every year.

With more 1,500 salons in Mecklenburg County alone, and more opening for business every year, NBC Charlotte found out there is a crucial need to keep salons in check.

NBC Charlotte followed Connie Wilder, Chief Enforcement Officer during several surprise inspections, and this is what she found.

Click on the video to see Part One: Beyond the Polish

*NC Board of Art Examiners has provided the most current salon grades for public view.  Click here to see how your salon scored.

*North Carolina Board of Cosmetic Art Examiners asks consumers to have a working knowledge of the sanitary guidelines. This information can be found on the state's Web site.

Consumer Information

The Board has put together the following information to help protect and prepare members of the public receiving cosmetic art services.

Callus shavers and MMA are prohibited for use or possession in North Carolina salons.

  • Licensees must wash their hands between client services.
  • Hot wax containers should never be left uncovered.
  • Any disposable implement such as orange sticks, emory boards, facial sponges, toe separators, wax applicators should be discarded after use, never reused. A good rule of thumb is "disinfect or discard." Absolutely every item of equipment must be disinfected or discarded. Only non-porous items are capable of meeting the EPA standard of disinfection.
  • Dry storage of disinfected tools requires isolation from contaminated items.
  • Clippers must be cleaned, disinfected and stored in a closed container between uses.
  • Disinfectants should never come in contact with a client's skin, all tools and implements must be thoroughly rinsed and dried.
  • North Carolina issues a sanitation grade to each salon and the grade card must be displayed at all times.
  • Only licensed estheticians and cosmetologists are permitted to perform waxing services.
  • Ear stapling is outside the scope of practice of all cosmetic art licensees. Individuals licensed to perform ear stapling are medical doctors, chiropractors and acupuncturists.
  • Permanent makeup, defined as beautifying the face by inserting or implanting facial cosmetic pigment under the surface of the skin or mucosa is prohibited in licensed cosmetic art salons.
  • atch for general cleanliness in salons such as any hair, nail clippings, dust, or debris on the floor, personal items in drawers or on tables or other furniture, keeping clean and dirty implements in the same container, failure to keep clean implements covered and dirty restroom facilities.

Please report any questionable salon sanitation practices as a complaint.

For more information: www.nccosmeticarts.com.

*Stay tuned for Part Two: Beyond the Polish airing later this month.