It's Cold & Flu Season - Wash Your Hands With Hand Sanitizer!

Wash Your Hands With Hand Sanitizer! We’re in the middle of cold & flu season. It’s time to take extra care from spreading germs and bacteria. The first and foremost step is keeping your hands clean and as free from contamination as possible. As we covered in our last post, hand washing is essential before and after each service. The use of soap and water before appointments is one of the most common techniques for preventing infections during salon treatments. If the water from your tap does not come from a controlled municipal source, it may be a good idea to have it periodically checked for contamination. If soap and water are not available, a hand sanitizer like Ultronics’ Ultracare for Hands is an acceptable substitute. Proper use of the hand sanitizer, including the method of rubbing it into the skin, should be followed to ensure that all parts of the hand are not left unsanitized. Washing hands or using hand sanitizer in front of customers is also a good way to form a positive impression. They see that you care about their health. Hand washing is one of the most important actions that can be taken to prevent the transfer of micro-organisms from one person to another person. In the salon, spa, barber shop and cosmetology school, hands should be washed before and after each service.

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Principles & Practices of Infection Control in Salons

Infection control in salons, barbershops, and nail salons is becoming an increasingly hot topic, in part, because of the government healthcare requirements that have been transferred to the salon industry by state regulatory boards. Salons surely don’t like the idea of having to “slow down” to clean up before they see their next client, however the sheer number of clients that come and go during the typical day can pose a risk to both clients and staff when it comes to transmission of disease and infection. Infection Control in salons is not necessarily a life-or-death issue, but has become a vital necessity due to the outbreak of a variety of infections that can be spread from one human to another.  Salons, barbershops, and spas are places of relaxation, so customers tend to be more laid back, but relaxation doesn’t mean your customers aren’t concerned about safety. The following infection control definitions should be understood and followed by all salons:

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The Differences Between Cleaning, Disinfection, and Sterilization

So often the terms cleaning, disinfection, and sterilization are used interchangeably. Sadly, this is a common misconception and it is very important for salon and spa operators to understand the differences. 

It is always critically important to safeguard the health of your employees and customers. Understanding the key differences between the three processes and the best methods to achieve them is a must for your operation. Let’s take a deeper look into the subject.

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Why Do I need Social Media for My Salon?

Why Do I Need Social Media? - Let's start with Twitter . . .

Some small businesses do not understand the buzz around social media. They think of Facebook and Twitter as places for social interactions and “fun”, not realizing that they can be powerful marketing tools to add excitement to their business and set them apart as a destination, not just another store front. The potential impact social media could have on your salon’s traffic and inevitably new customers, is significant. The first and easiest platform to begin your social media marketing is Twitter. Here are just a few reasons a social media solution can help make your salon a special destination.

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Preventing Infections in Salons

A successful and responsible salon needs to do all it can to prevent fungal, skin, and nail infections in the course of their business routines. When we think of effective methods for controlling the spread of potentially infectious organisms, we often focus on sanitizing, disinfection and sterilization. The fact is that thorough cleaning procedures can have a huge impact on an effective infection control program. Chemically eliminating infectious organisms is an important goal, but cleaning and rinsing can create a safer environment by removing organisms from items, reducing their population to below infectious levels, or exposing them to the efficacious effects of the biocides you are using.  Effective infection prevention requires that each component of the process must be thoroughly cleaned and disinfected prior to each session using the following techniques:

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