Health and Safety Practices
General Health Practices
Green Dragonfly practices strict infection prevention and control. Precautions are taken in every treatment setting.
All implements that are not disposable are sterilized and packaged to prevent any cross contamination between each use. We open implements and tools in front of clients to ensure their safety.
Employees practice proper hand hygiene and use disposable gloves when treating areas where potential contact with body fluids exist.
Pedicure basins are lined with disposable liners for each client as well as sanitized between uses to prevent the spread of foot fungus and other skin contagions.
Epillation wax is applied from a disposable single use cup and applicator. Both are disposed of after each client.
5 Dangers to Avoid
A recent article in the Huffington Post by Stylist Dana Oliver illustrates the dangers that may be lurking at your local nail salon. Dr. Dennis Shavelson serves up the following reality check:
5 Dangers Awaiting You At The Nail Salon
I look forward to my Saturday afternoons in the pedicure chair. However, an unforeseeable prick with cuticle clippers or bruising from a foot file can turn my relaxing moment into a beauty nightmare. And there's only so much antibiotic ointment and designer Band-Aids a girl can cover up with.
Ready to put an end to these pedi problems, we asked New York City-based podiatrist Dr. Dennis Shavelson to dish on the common dangers lurking in the nail salon.
1. Tools that are open to air or used repeatedly after a prior treatment.
There are two documented cases of “death by pedicure” where young women contracted fatal flesh-eating staph infections and thousands of documented cases of bacterial and fungal infections. Contaminated instruments are the number one cause of salon infections. Molds, bacteria and viruses are more likely to come into contact with clients when instruments are shared, and that can lead to disasters. Communal instruments are also dangerous to the manicurist should they have any open cuts or abrasions.
2. Liquid sterilization which provides only low-level germ and virus protection.
Steam-sterilized or properly ultraviolet irradiated germiciding kills germs and offers the best protection. Don't be afraid to ask to check the bottle of the liquid being used for disinfecting words like “germicide,” “disinfectant” or “concentrated.” Instruments should sit in a bath for a full 10 to 15 minutes in order to be disinfected. Spa chairs should also be disinfected in between clients. It's always best to go to salons when they are slow.
3. Foot baths, just like whirlpools, are difficult to sterilize quickly.
These are a breeding ground for mycobacterium (which can produce boils), warts, MRSA (hard to cure infections), athlete's foot, toenail fungus, HPV and swine flu virus. All of those issues thrive in a warm, wet environment. Request a pipeless drainage system tub as bacteria breeds in pipes. Then make sure all water is drained, the walls are scrubbed and that the nail technician runs a cycle of disinfectant for 10 minutes between clients.
4. Untidy surroundings with too much clutter attract fungus and bacteria.
Dirt, clutter, poor evacuation piping and air filtration all breeds germs. And employees that don't wash their hands between clients or salons that don't ask clients to wash their hands are also at risk. Those piles of scrub brushes, instruments, trays and linens left open and in view, call for a change.
5. Disposable tools such as buffers, files and orange sticks should be disposed of between treatments.
If you see any disposables that have nail polish, dents or staining which suggest they were previously used, call the local Board of Health.
Healthy Eco-friendly Products
For many years, other countries have been using healthier, eco-friendly products, with effectiveness that is equal to or better than solvent and chemical-based solutions.
It wasn't just the need to be "eco-friendly" that set the path for Green Dragonfly Aesthetics; it was imperative that we create a safer and healthier environment for both our clients and our staff alike.
At Green Dragonfly Aesthetics, you are given the choice for a healthier alternative to the conventional harsh and harmful products normally found in salons and spas elsewhere.
Our primary goal in creating Green Dragonfly Aesthetics was to have the best and healthiest clinic we could assemble.
We strive to service clients in the most comfortable surroundings using the safest products.
We are dedicated to creating an environment that is free from aerosol, ammonia and all other harsh chemicals typically found in salon and spa products.
We use the finest natural products available without compromising product performance.
Our natural products and services are free from...
Green Dragonfly uses and endorses Shiva's Delight all natural soaps and skin care products.
Green Dragonfly Aesthetics is a division of the Kingston Foot and Ankle Clinic. We use the same strict medical grade sterilization protocols to ensure your complete safety. Our instruments are removed from sterile packs right in front of you. All of our clients can relax in complete confidence that their unique needs are being met using safe natural alternatives to the list of chemicals and irritants found in most alternative salons. We will never compromise with your health or safety. Guaranteed.
At Green Dragonfly Aesthetics, we strive to keep abreast of industry trends and technology by attending different industry trade shows, conferences and seminars so that we can offer the latest products and services to our clients.