Salon Red Flags

If you’re planning a trip to the spa, be careful. When it comes to waxing intimate parts of our body, there should be clear sets of needs and expectations in place. When exposing our skin and hair follicles to this type of an invasive treatment, we’re opening ourselves to all sorts of infection, so keeping an eye open for salon red flags is a must.

These treatments are given OSHA (Occupational Safety and Health Association) protection practices, guidelines and laws that are put into place to avoid harming customers. But this doesn’t mean these establishments are following these rules and regulations to the letter of the law on a daily basis.

As smart consumers, we must open our eyes and be on the lookout for potential problems before we commit to using these services, especially when removing hair from our body. Let’s look at seven important salon red flags that could burn you as a customer:

1 – Forms First

Even when going to see our physician for a routine checkup, the office always give you a form to fill out, whether or not your information has changed. There needs to be some documentation (or at the very least an in depth conversation) about your vital information, new or existing allergies and other potentially problematic data to consider before your session.

2 – Garnishing Gloves

Your technician should always be wearing gloves, always! Again no matter how routine or regular the procedure or your familiarity with this individual, this is simply a must!

3 – Out of Pocket

Tools of the trade (like tweezers) should never be seen in the pockets of these workers, even if they’re simply carrying them away after your treatment. They should always be kept in a safe and sterile environment and not travelling around in someone’s pocket in between applications. You never know where they’ve been or where they’re going!

4 – Wax On – Wax Off

When getting a waxing, make sure the pots being used are for you and you alone. They should be clean, fresh and not leftover from a previous treatment. In the same light, keep an eye on the spatulas or other tools that are being used as they shouldn’t be laying around inside the waxing pots when not in use. Think of it this way, since the practice of “double-dipping” is unacceptable at parties, it shouldn’t be a part of your salon experience either.

Salon Red Flags

5 – After Care

These skin-care professionals should always recommend detailed instructions and products for aftercare following their services instead of simply giving you an invoice at the end of this visit. These providers need to care about you and your ongoing health, not just when you’re paying the bill.

6 – Language Barriers

If you feel there is a language barrier with the staff, this could be a huge, potentially problematic situation. Confusion leads to chaos and communication is key with any type of service being rendered, especially when it comes to something being performed on your body. Trust your gut, especially when it comes to things happening with your skin in a salon where you may feel uncomfortable communicating.

7 – A Clean Environment

This almost goes without saying, but this entire environment should always be completely clean and pristine at all times, everywhere from the lobby to the restrooms. The only possible exception is that one of the staff is actively cleaning an area when you arrive that seems to be out of place or unclean.

Even though it may seem like a routine and regular visit, cleanliness, a completely sterile environment, safety practices, and legal measures are put into place for a reason – your overall health and safety. You never know where (or when) a little slip might cause a big problem for your body and health.

Written by Dr. Steven Rosen
Many great inventions and discoveries in the world were unintentional or just plain accidents. The story you are about to read concerning a breakthrough in the cosmetics field relates another great accidental discovery. In 1985, in an office in South Florida, Dr. Steven Rosen, a dentist at that time was working on a patient. The patient was a private investigator. Medication was given to the patient to alleviate the pain associated with his treatment. Two days later, the patient noticed a dramatic improvement not only in the pain level, but in his skin as well. His face, which was full of razor bumps, had cleared up! The man couldn't wait to tell the dentist what had happened. He called the dentist on the phone. He asked the dentist what he was doing to him. The dentist was worried and asked what he was talking about. He told the dentist that something the dentist was doing was clearing up his razor bumps. He told the dentist that since he started shaving 15 years earlier, he had tried everything available for razor bumps and nothing had worked until now. The investigator began to tell the dentist how important this discovery was. He mentioned that the dozens of products already on the market did not come close to producing the dramatic results he had achieved. He also said that this was a big problem in the military where a clean shave was required or you would have to get a shaving clearance from the dermatologist. Lawsuits had been filed in industry by workers who were fired because they were unable to get a clean shave for example where gas mask use was required Police must have clean shaves and so on. The dentist realized the importance of this discovery and determined which ingredient in the medication was improving the skin. Realizing that the ingredient could not be taken internally for long periods of time, the two men experimented with the formula in an attempt to apply it directly to the skin. It worked. It then took nine long years work to create a workable product and learn how to reach the market. . The dentist had a great discovery. Other uses for the formula arose in the same "chance" way that the formula was discovered. Women who bought the product for their husbands or boyfriends started trying it on ingrown hair problem they had from shaving, waxing, and having electrolysis on their legs, bikini lines, and underarms. Not only did they report to the dentist that the ingrown hair problems had cleared, but that the formula worked as an excellent underarm deodorant. And the rest is history……… Thank you for letting us tell our story. We hope you enjoyed it.