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Is your nail salon clean? Thirteen in San Antonio fail inspection in one month

In some cases, the inspector found hair or debris trapped in the screen of the foot spa.

SAN ANTONIO - More than a dozen local nail salons recently failed inspection because the state said they weren’t clean enough, putting people getting manicures and pedicures at risk.

"If you go to a place that's dirty, it’s a possibility that you could get an infection, fungus on your nails and things like that," said Jorge Vega, a state inspector.

The Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation closed 13 cases in San Antonio from Sept. 1 through Oct. 4. TDLR fined the salon owners hundreds of dollars each, all for the same reason – not properly cleaning foot spas. In some cases, the inspector found hair or debris trapped in the screen of the foot spa.

The full list of recent violations related to foot spa cleanliness is below. Note that we contacted each nail salon for comment.

• Westover Nails – 8211 State Highway 151 Suite 103, San Antonio, Texas

Quoc Vu, co-owner, said the worker was getting cleaning supplies right when the inspector showed up. "For example, I was driving a little bit over speed limit for any reason, and the cop got me at the wrong time and the wrong minute," he said. "This is the same thing that happened to me. One of my technicians did not have enough time to do the cleaning, and the state board showed up at that minute."

• Lavish Nails – 12355 Potranco Road Suite 108, San Antonio, Texas

Tram Nguyen, co-owner, told us the salon hired a plumber to clean the pipes so that debris will no longer backflow into the foot spas. She said her salon now uses disposable liners for an even cleaner experience.

• 5th Ave Nails & Spa – 11019 Culebra Road Suite 130, San Antonio, Texas

The salon did not respond to multiple requests for comment in person or on the phone.

• Ann’s Nail Salon – 10650 Culebra Road Suite 116, San Antonio, Texas

The owner said the inspector found a small item in the drain of a foot spa on a broken chair that no customer had used for months.

• VIP Nails & Spa – 1503 SW Loop 410 Suite 111, San Antonio, Texas

The salon declined to comment.

• Melody Nails – 19178 Blanco Road Suite 302, San Antonio, Texas

The salon declined to comment.

• Nail World –8202 Loop 1604 West Suite 120, San Antonio, Texas

The salon did not respond to multiple requests for comment.

• Ann’s Nail Salon & Spa – 10718 Potranco Road Suite 101, San Antonio, Texas

The salon declined to comment.

• Excel Nails – 3505 Wurzbach Road Suite 107, San Antonio, Texas

The salon did not respond to multiple requests for comment in person or on the phone.

• Magic Nails – 23522 Wilderness Oak Suite 115, San Antonio, Texas

The salon declined to comment.

• Tracy’s Nail Salon – 8727 Wurzbach Road Suite 1, San Antonio, Texas

The salon did not respond to multiple requests for comment.

• Studio 2554 – 2554 Blossom, San Antonio, Texas

The salon did not return multiple messages.

• TX Nails & Toes – 22106 Bulverde Road Suite 107, San Antonio, Texas

The salon's phone was disconnected, and the cosmetology license expired in June.

You can check to see if your salon is licensed on TDLR’s website. Check for violations at this link by selecting License Program Type: Cosmetologists and choosing your city or county. A short description is posted once TDLR closes the case.

The latest inspection report and the salon's license both must be posted on the wall. One salon manager recommends asking how workers clean. He said reputable ones will be glad to show you the process.

mlocklear@sbgtv.com

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