Manicure Fact Sheet
MANICURE FACT SHEET
Manicuring is the practice of cutting, trimming, polishing, coloring, tinting or cleansing the nails. It also includes massaging, cleansing, or beautifying the hands or feet.
Q: DO MANICURISTS HAVE TO BE LICENSED?
A: Yes, the Board licenses manicurists and requires them to work only in state licensed salons. Manicurists must have valid manicuring licenses clearly posted at his or her work area.
Q: WHO CAN PERFORM MANICURING SERVICES?
A: Only licensed manicurists or cosmetologists can perform manicuring services.
Q: CAN MANICURISTS WAX OR TWEEZE EYEBROWS?
A: No, only licensed cosmetologists and estheticians are permitted to wax or tweeze eyebrows. If waxing services are provided at your nail salon, ask to see either a cosmetologist or esthetician license.
Q: WHAT OTHER SERVICES ARE NOT WITHIN THE SCOPE OF THE MANICURIST?
A: It is illegal for any licensee to use razor-edged tools or other instrument to remove calluses. Callus removal is not within the scope of the manicurist and cannot be performed in Board-licensed salons.
Q: WHAT ARE SOME TIPS THAT I SHOULD KNOW IF I HAVE NAIL SERVICES PERFORMED AT A SALON?
- All instruments must be cleaned and disinfected after each client.
- All non-disinfectable items, such as pumice stones, emery boards, buffers, drill bits, and cotton pads, must be disposed of immediately after use upon each client.
- Licensees performing services must wash their hands after each client.
- Before the service begins, inform the licensee any health conditions you may have or if you are taking any blood-thinning medication (including aspirin).
- Leave the salon if you have any doubts about its cleanliness.
For additional information, contact the Board of Barbering and Cosmetology.