LAKEWOOD -- Hair, nail and tanning salons can be the perfect breeding ground for bacteria and disease but knowing what to watch out for before your next appointment could make all the difference.
"In this day and age with communicable disease being so on the rise, we have to do everything we can to educate the people that work in the salons as well as educate the consumers," says Supervisor of Inspections with the Ohio State Board of Cosmetology, Meg Lamantia.
Channel 3 News went along with Lamantia as she randomly inspected a couple of salons in Cuyahoga County.
She says it's important to make sure the salon and its employees are properly licensed. Proper disinfection is also key. Make sure the tools they are using are clean and free of hair and debris.
"Dirty nail files, dirty pedicure bowls, is a very easy way to spread any kind of nail fungus, foot fungus, staph infections spread real easy that way."
There is only one inspector in all of Cuyahoga County so on average Lamantia says salons are inspected every twelve to fourteen months, unless there's a complaint.
"We do the best we can with what we have to work with obviously with electronics, cell phones, the internet, things like that, make things work a lot quicker," says Lamantia.
Both Best Cuts and Holly Nails on Detroit Avenue in Lakewood had clean inspections but what about your favorite salon?
You can contact the Ohio State Board of Cosmetology to learn more about a salon's history or file a complaint.