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  • Capes and gowns are clean
  • New neck strips or clean towels are used on each client
  • The following items are single use items for use on one client only:
    • Foil strips
    • Straight razor blades (must be thrown away immediately after use)
  • The following items are cleaned and disinfected between each client:
    • Combs and brushes
    • Electric razors and clippers
    • Crochet hooks
  • Hairdressing Services
    • Capes and gowns are clean
    • New neck strips or clean towels are used on each client
    • The following items are single use items for use on one client only:
      • Foil strips
      • Straight razor blades (must be thrown away immediately after use)
    • The following items are cleaned and disinfected between each client:
      • Combs and brushes
      • Electric razors and clippers
      • Crochet hooks
    Waxing Services
    • The Cosmetologist washes their hands before and after the service
    • The Cosmetologist uses gloves during the service
    • Applicators are never dipped back into the original pot of wax once they have touched the client's skin - "no double dipping"
    • Never dip your feet into parafin wax pot - parafin wax must be applied with a spatula
    • The following are single use items for use on one client only:
      • Cotton pads to apply cream or lotion
      • Roll on wax
      • Cloth wax strips
    • The following items are cleaned and disinfected between each client:
      • Tweezers
    Client Tip: Contact with blood and body fluid is common during waxing services. This is why it is so important that the service provider wears gloves. The temperature of heated wax is not hot enough to kill bacteria from the skin - this is why the same applicator that touches the client's skin should never be dipped back into the original pot of wax.
    Manicure, Pedicure and Artificial Nail Services
    • The Cosmetologist and the client washes their hands before and after the service
    • The client's nails are checked for signs of nail mold/fungus (if found, the service is refused)
    • The following are single use items for use on one client only:
      • Emery boards
      • Wooden cuticle pushers
      • Nail buffers
      • Foam toe separators
      • Paper slippers
      • Sanding bands for dremel
      • Pedicure razor blades
    • The following items are cleaned and disinfected between each client:
      • Nail clippers
      • Nippers
      • Metal nail and drill bits
      • Foot paddles
      • Acrylic/gel nail brushes
      • Glass and diamond files
      • Finger bowls
      • Foot baths/basins
    Facial Services
    • The Cosmetologist washes their hands before and after the service
    • The Cosmetologist uses gloves during the service when there is a chance that the skin might be broken (for example during pimple or blackhead extraction)
    • The following are single use items for use on one client only:
      • Wooden applicators
      • Face pads
      • Water in the facial steamer
      • Sponges
      • Needles and lancets for extractions
    • The following items are cleaned and disinfected between each client:
      • Bowls
      • Brushes
      • Tweezers
      • Spatulas
      • Extraction tools
    Client Tip: Needles and lancets used for extractions must be in sterile packaging and may be opened in front of the client. They must be thrown away immediately after use. Contact with blood and body fluid is common during facial services. This is why it is so important that your spa worker wears gloves when necessary.

    Contact the Cosmetology Association of Nova Scotia’s Inspections Officer or Exectuive Director should you require further information.

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