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State of the Pedicure Industry (Interview with Suzanne Foote)

Posted on: June 6th, 2013 by Beauty Schools Directory No Comments

international-pedicure-association-suzanne-footeAs societies grow and demographics change, the demand for pedicure services has grown and changed along with it. Nowadays there is a much greater need for pedicures with advanced training as the market continues to grow. We spoke with Suzanne Foote, Executive Director of the International Pedicure Association, to get her take on the foot care industry of today.

Her background in pedicures began when she was a foot care nurse. She became interested in the beauty industry when she started teaching advanced pedicures for the North American School of Podology in 2003.

“I was a nurse first and was teaching nursing when I recognized the need for foot care and got into that,” Foote said.

The International Pedicure Association connects pedicure specialists globally. While the definition of pedicures is the same across countries, in Canada, estheticians and skin care professionals do pedicures, whereas in the U.S. it’s cosmetologists and nail technicians. In Europe, pedicures are their own entity – not paired with manicures or any other beauty service.

“Manicures and pedicures have become a lifestyle,” Foote said. “It’s not something that’s just a special occasion anymore. Very few people get to age 20 or 25 who have not had a manicure and pedicure, but many have not had a facial.”

Industry studies have shown that more teenagers and 20-something’s are enjoying the benefits of advanced foot care like pedicures, and they have more disposable income available to spend on themselves. This, paired with the increased emphasis on looks these days, is yielding more demand for high quality, professional pedicures than previously. Whether it’s young professionals cleaning up to look great for the office, the healthy elderly keeping themselves in top condition, or men embracing new grooming services, the foot care industry is growing at unprecedented levels.

What are people looking for in a pedicurist, and what does it take to become a successful foot care professional?

“The first thing you have to have is a passion for what you’re doing,” Foote advised. “This is a service industry, and there’s a lot of competition out there. You need to be observant, and pay attention to what you see, looking for problems or changes in the client’s skin or nails. You need to be a good listener and really hear what your clients are saying. You need to be detail-oriented and have manual dexterity.”

Foote also added that there are many fungi and bacterial infections to keep an eye out for when working with clients on a regular basis. It goes beyond being immaculate in safety, sanitation and infection control procedures. Pedicurists are in a unique position to recognize problems and help guide clients to  both prevent and manage these challenges. (re terminology – Doctors ‘treat’ and we ‘manage – they get upset if we use the word treat)

If you would like to further your career in the pedicuring, skin care or nail care industry, the International Pedicure Association is the only professional association dedicated specifically to pedicures. Benefits of membership include having the credibility of a membership certificate in a reputable professional association to show clients, window decals for cars or salon windows, and an annual seal. Members also gain access to a professional advisory board, and a 10% discount off of a variety of pedicure products and equipment for your business. Liability insurance is also available at a discount due to recognition of the IPA’s emphasis on proper sanitation.

There are varying membership levels for students, professionals, salons and schools.

The IPA also advocates, educates and supports in the pedicure industry. Much of the association’s focus is on continuing education, and they provide free webinars every month on a variety of educational topics, including but not limited to foot and nail care, professional best practices, branding, professional insurance, serving varieties of clientele like men or the elderly, diligence in identifying skin and nail problems of the feet, and more.

“One of the biggest challenges is keeping up to date in the industry,” Foote said. “Things change and it’s hard for people to stay on top of it, but it’s important. Associations such as IPA can do that for members. We’re constantly looking into what’s new, and providing education on that.”

Death from Pedicures, Brazilian Bikini Wax Burns and Other Beauty Dangers

Posted on: October 5th, 2010 by Beauty Schools Directory No Comments

beauty-schools-beauty-dangersWe’ve all experienced beauty disasters—bad hair days and makeup mishaps but what about beauty emergencies?  Have you ever injured yourself thanks to your beauty routine?  Actually painful and severe injuries can occur from our everyday beauty routines.

Burns from curling irons and flat irons are probably the most common injury.  Curling irons and flat irons get up to dangerous temperatures.  It’s important to remember to turn off your iron when you’re done and keep them away from children.  According to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, 7,700 injuries were caused to children under 5 years old were from touching a hot curling iron.  Another 5,400 aged 15 – 24 experienced ER- treated burns from curling irons.

Pedicures can also be a health risk.  People have actually died and had amputations caused from pedicure medical problems.  Pedicure tools that aren’t properly cleaned can be a serious threat to your health.  Also, tubs you soak your feet in need to be cleaned well or they can turn into a hot bed for bacteria.  MRSA, or staph infections, that is resistant to antibiotics can also be contracted through tubs.  The best thing you can do to protect yourself is to make sure your salon disinfects well.  Also, make sure you don’t have any open cuts on your feet or legs, and as gross as it seems, don’t shave your legs before you go—less chance for bacteria to get into open pores.

Here are some less common beauty-related injuries. Don’t let these beauty emergencies happen to you! Ouch!

•    Cat Attack: One woman describes when she was using an eyelash curler and her cat jumped up on her bathroom counter at her.  She was startled and ended up pulling out ALL her eyelashes.  Although her eyelashes grew back, she had to have mix-matched eyes for awhile.

•    Shards Glass Real Life: Think skin cancer is your only risk with tanning? Think again! One woman was using a stand up tanning bed and a UV bulb burst sending shards of glass all over her body.  The woman suffered only minor cuts, but still that can’t feel good!

•    Burns in Unexpected Places: One woman in Connecticut experienced a Brazilian gone bad.  When she went for a Brazilian wax the salon technician let the hot wax drip to places it shouldn’t. Yikes! The incident resulted in severe burns that not only caused intense pain for the woman but gave her a hospital bill of $750.  Needless to say, the woman won a lawsuit of $100,000 against the salon.

So, be careful with your daily beauty routine! Even the things that make you feel great about the way you look, can also hand your some painful injuries.


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