Beyond food, water, clothes, and shelter, it appears that every civilization around the globe has at least one nail salon. Usually many nail salons. Beyond basic grooming, nail salons are all about personal care and beauty. It’s an affordable way to add or complement a fashion statement. Are nail salons good for you?
I never went to a nail salon until my wife introduced me to the concept. I liked it. A manicure and pedicure is $20 and is 30 minutes of pleasing service. Though the tables aren’t designed for people over 6 feet, a mani/padi can be quite blissful. Do men use nail salons? The answer is yes as a healthy minority.
In New York City, there are nail salons on every block. In those civilizations where sexes do not mix publicly, there are nail salons for one sex only.
In the USA, a nail salon is a specialty beauty salon which provides nail care services including manicures and pedicures and nail enhancement services such as polishes, overlays and extensions to both male and female customers. In 2006 there were approximately 59,843 nail salons in the USA. Nail salons seem to crop up anywhere there’s a glimmer of civilization.
Viewed as a profession, nail salon workers require licensing. Licensing doesn’t always mean they are ready to spend hours working on your nails.
According to Nails Magazine, nearly 7-1/2 billion dollars were reportedly spent in nail salons in the USA in 2012. One of the more frustrating aspects of compiling data on the U.S. nail industry is trying to figure out how many people actually do nails and how many nail salons there are (and for that matter, what constitutes a “nail salon”). Many nail salons are nail spas, offering other services. Nail salons reportedly generated approximately 8.54 billion U.S. dollars in 2014.
New York State reports 3700 nail salons in 2014. Florida and Texas each reported nearly 5000 salons that same year. Of course these nail salons are those that reported. Those not participating in surveys may extend the numbers many times.
Largely Vietnamese and Korean owned, these nail salons reportedly show 14% growth each year. In the United Kingdom, the average woman may spend 450 pounds each year on her nails.
Nail salons are businesses and, like any business, must cater to discriminating clients. There are many services available. According to Bloomberg media, jobs in nail care business have quadrupled from 2000 to 2015. Albeit, salaries might be low.
The attraction of decorative nails may go back over 5,000 years to the ancient civilization of Babylonia. It represented wealth and royalty. Use of nail polish might be about 3,000 years old and originated in China.
Consequently, decorated nails were also viewed as pagan customs by Jews and ancient Christians. For some there was a prohibition of cutting nails or hair. In both the old and new testaments, there was a punishment or special devotion of not cutting hair and nails. This person was called a Nazarite. Samson, Samuel, and John the Baptist were nazarites.
Manicures are for the hands and pedicures are for the feet. The latter is popular in hot weather areas when sandals are worn. Some extol the health virtues of pedicures.
For all the healthy virtues of maintaining your nails, nail salons pose some ominous dangers. You must be certain that the nail salon sterilized the equipment and tools thoroughly. Failure to do so would lead to vulnerability to germs, particularly fungus.
Nail fungus is particularly difficult to treat. Most effective treatments have dangerous side effects and many require vigilance over long time periods.
Furthermore, polishes and gels may have toxic chemicals that, when applied or breathed may – over time, result in some indiscriminate health issues.
Many nail salons have inadequate ventilation. This may multiply pathogens into local and nearby areas of the salon. Many nail salons do not necessarily follow basic ventilation standards.
The vast expansion of nail salons, nonetheless, aren’t always held to the highest critical standards. For the most part, it’s about beauty and attraction. Many customers presume that nail salon staff are professional and clean. It isn’t always the case.
For the most part, nail salons are legitimate businesses. Many prosper by customer recommendations. Some nail salons endure for decades, while others less than a year. Of this greater than 9 billion dollar (reported) USA industry, competition for customers and satisfaction is high. The actual monetary figure is difficult to calculate. Many transactions are made in cash. No evidence available whether it is or isn’t reported.
As a customer, be wary about cleanliness. When you feel okay about it, enjoy the pleasures and results nail salons offer. As far as polishes, gels, and other chemicals used, weigh the variables. Many nail salons do not specifically report what brands they actually use nor are required to provide ingredient lists.
If you are skeptical or sensitive of nail products and cleanliness, bring your own tools and polish to the nail salon.
Beauty may only be nail deep. Nail salons are indicative that the state of civilization value those people competing to be most attractive, as often as possible. Consequences don’t necessarily matter.