You are viewing the details for the salon, Nikki Nails, located in Ames Iowa. To help you get a better view of this Ames nail salon, we provide the business contact information including their address, phone number, website, hours of operations and if available, what services they provide at this location. If you are planning to visit this establishment, we first suggest that you call them, using the salon phone number listed below, to verify if they accept walk-ins or require an appointment so you can schedule a visit, if required.
When you call them, you can ask if they offer any additional services and ask for their current prices. If you prefer, you can check for "a la carte" pricing. Most manicuring services are offered "a la carte" (i.e., application of nail strengthener or moisturizer may be an additional charge over the price of the basic manicure). When speaking with them, inform the manicurist what you want and ask what it will cost before having the manicure completed.Before Visiting This Salon
Before you visit Nikki Nails, we highly suggest that you verify the business or persons license. You can lookup a cosmetology license online by visiting the Iowa Board of Cosmetology license verification page. If you find their license, you can then be able to view any disciplinary records, allowing you to make an informed choice about the person or business providing you service.Be responsible for your Own Health
If you have a health history that may trigger a reaction or other problems, be sure to let the Nikki Nails Salon nail technician or cosmetologist know. These professionals are not allowed to ask about your health information. They perform their services based on what they can see and what you tell them. If you are getting a pedicure, try not to shave your legs 24 hours prior to the service. This reduces your chance of infection from a dirty tool or item used during your service. If you have cuts, blisters or other injuries prior to getting services, you may want to reschedule your visit. Even minor injuries can increase your risk of infection.Reasons to consider using a different salon
Once you arrive, one of the first things you should do is take a look around. Take this opportunity to look at person performing the service you plan to receive and the overall activities in the salon. See if employees are washing their hands. When performing a pedicure, are they washing their clients feet? Are areas where services are provided clean and organized? Here are a few other reasons that may require you to re-consider looking for another nail salon:
- Salons that do not look clean in general
- Services provided to clients with infected fingers, nails, toenails or feet
- Salons using dusty or dirty nail files and other tools
- Restrooms are dirty or unkempt, lack liquid soap and/or clean towels
- Nail files and other tools stored in a dirty drawer or container or mixed with clean tools
- Nail files or other tools placed in dirty or contaminated-looking solution
- Razors used on your feet to remove a callus
- Products used from unlabeled or unmarked containers
- Methyl methacrylate (MMA) used to glue false nails to nail beds
When the person who is providing the services is ready for you, make sure they have the proper license. The law requires that the license is displayed for public viewing. You should see a license displayed on the wall as you enter the Nikki Nails or an individual's station. If you cannot find it, then you can inquire to see the license. The type of license should be for a cosmetologist or nail technician. Any other license does not cover those services. If someone refuses to talk about a license or won't produce it, that should throw up a red flag. It's very possible the person or business is not licensed to perform the service.
"Single-use" items mean single use. Items such as paper nail files, orangewood sticks, pumice stones, or foam flip-flops don't survive the cleaning and disinfection process. If you see that these items are used or dirty, ask for a new, clean item. Multi-use tools that are metal and plastic must be cleaned and disinfected with each new client. If there is an appearance of lotion, skin, hair or anything that shows the tool hasn't been cleaned or disinfected, it shouldn't be used.
Ask the cosmetologist or nail technician to clean and disinfect the item before it is used on you. Observe the condition of the manicuring table. The manicuring table is required to be properly sanitized between each client. A sterilizer (a container filled with a disinfectant solution for sterilizing manicuring tools) should be visible on the table. The manicuring tools also must be properly sanitized between each client. Manicuring requires the use of chemicals (such as acetone) and salons must be properly ventilated. If you are conscious of a strong chemical odor, proper ventilation may not be in place.Pricing and Advertising
The price list for all services must be posted in a conspicuous place in the salon. No salon may use any advertising which is misleading or inaccurate or misrepresent any materials or services, terms, values or policies.
In the end, trust your instincts. If something doesn't look or feel right, trust your instincts and ask questions. If you become uncomfortable or experience unexpected pain, immediately interrupt or stop the service. If you received service, but you were unhappy and want to file a complaint, then you can do so through the state department, Iowa Board of Cosmetology Arts and Sciences. In most cases they offer the ability to submit your complaint online or allow you to download the file manually and mail or fax it in.
- Nail Salon Address
2714 Lincoln Way
Ames, IA 50014
- Nail Salon Phone Number
The Nikki Nails phone number is 515-292-2220.
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