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Old 04-01-2011, 11:55 AM
 
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I've never had one before....I've heard of stories where people end up with infections due to improper cleaning of the equipment. Are they safe?

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Old 04-01-2011, 01:26 PM
 
Location: In a house
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Don't allow them to cut your cuticles, or remove calluses with a razor, or allow them to sand them down with any kind of machinery.

Cuticles protect the nail bed. You need them. They can soften them and push them back somewhat but they should never be removed.

Pedicurists are notorious for assuming their client wants calluses removed. I don't understand why; those are your first line of defense for your feet. You need your calluses. Again, you can have the outer surface softened and smoothed with a pumice and lotion, but they should never be removed or cut back.

As long as you make sure your pedicurist accepts those two rules, you should be fine.
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Old 04-01-2011, 01:40 PM
 
Location: Bay Area
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You will be fine. Those stories you hear are more rare than not, otherwise there would not be thousands of salons everywhere with millions of women getting pedicures and manicures! Just go to a reputable salon. I have been getting 1-2 pedicures a month for over 10 years and have never had any infection or any issues whatsoever.
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Old 04-01-2011, 01:45 PM
 
Location: Pittsburgh
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If you're really worried, buy your own pedicure kit and ask the salon to use your tools.
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Old 04-02-2011, 11:05 AM
 
Location: Gilbert Arizona
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I got a pedicure for my mom, and it was her very first. She protested at first but she absolutely loved it! The water jets foot bath,the massaging chair, the foot and calf massage and the perfect paint job in any color you want!

Relax and enjoy the pampering,plus the results are very nice for a few weeks!
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Old 04-02-2011, 07:57 PM
 
Location: PORT ANGELES, WA
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I would go just for the foot and calf massage. I wouldn't let them use instruments, or little orange fishies on my feet! They could put a nice clear coat on your toenails.
Unless it costs too much- GO for it!!!!
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Old 04-03-2011, 02:15 AM
 
Location: Washington County, ME
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I give myself my own pedicures.

I'm sure there are good, clean salons - but i'd rather use all my own REALLY clean stuff (unused by anyone else), and save the money
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