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Show Of Hands July 25th, 2015 3:18pm

Should a person need a license to be a manicurist?

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Krystina Let Freedom Reign
07/30/15 11:07 pm

No. Absolutely not. People should be able to get licenses of their own accord if they want them. It shouldn't be a government mandated thing. Then, people with licenses would be able to charge more too.

theNobamist Silicon Valley
07/27/15 12:13 am

Yes! Otherwise you'll get someone who cleans the tools with... Wiping them on her pants? Ewww!!

trav Instagram, travisdover
07/26/15 10:31 pm

This is what's wrong with this country!

07/26/15 1:23 pm

If not the individual the company he or she is working for as well as carrying insurance.

cornybread The Large Malus Fruit
07/26/15 12:22 pm

No, they just need to be skilled and sanitary.

MaxineL New Jersey
07/25/15 8:34 pm

Manicurists should have a degree from a cosmetology school and the shop should have a license. I would like to see the Dept of Health inspect the shops for cleanliness and using sterilizes for equipment.

NotACrook The Watergate Hotel
07/25/15 11:19 pm

Or you could just not go to the bad manicurist instead of passing more and more regulations.

07/27/15 4:15 pm

How would you do that? Inspect yourself?

MaxineL New Jersey
07/27/15 7:17 pm

NotACrook: I would not go to a dirty shop, but I do not know if the implements are sterile or of the manicurist knows what she is doing.

MaxineL New Jersey
07/27/15 7:18 pm

Esha: the dept of health needs to inspect, not me!

NotACrook The Watergate Hotel
07/28/15 7:59 pm

You can read reviews of the nail salon before going in. If it received bad feedback or even looks sketchy, then you probably wouldn't go there

redoverture Massachusetts
07/25/15 6:58 pm

It provides no benefit to the consumer, however requiring licenses can help businesses with hiring guaranteed professionals. However, this same argument could justify licenses for every job in the world; so no.

evan2048 Michigan
07/25/15 5:52 pm

100% absolutely not how could anyone honestly vote yes to this

07/26/15 5:26 pm

Why would I go to someone NOT licensed to do my nails? I thought they all had to be qualified to open a shop?? Am I wrong?

08/03/15 9:20 pm

Say you go to a manicurist and the person that got their nails done before you had hepatitis. Now say the "unlicensed" manicurist cut them, and didn't clean/disinfect their tools because they didn't know they had to and used them on you, and cut you.

AnnabethWillis mississippian 4 trump
07/25/15 5:04 pm

yes I don't trust just anyone to be working on my truck

Zackisan VC Member
07/25/15 3:45 pm

I don't believe getting a license for cosmetology is that much of a burden considering the many hair/nail salons in my area. I've never heard someone say I can't work at a nail salon because it's too heard to get a license

MrNewton washington
07/25/15 1:34 pm

I'd like to propose a soh change: instead of the thumbs in the top right, there should be a skip/pass button for questions you don't want to answer or don't understand. This way it wouldn't show as a poll you have not answered yet. Any seconds?

blw1104 Pennsylvania
07/25/15 1:21 pm

Seriously, how many of you people saying no would turn around and sue the crap out of your nail tech if you got an infection? There are risks associated with getting ones nails done, the license makes sure they know how to mitigate those risks.

07/25/15 1:20 pm

Interesting. More people think you should need a license to be a manicurist than to be a babysitter. I guess because our nails are more important than our children?

belindafaith wisconsin
07/27/15 8:58 am

It's the fact of being able to touch another human. I as a Cosmotologist also took the state board exam and need a license to cut hair.

lcamino Florida and Georgia
07/25/15 11:24 am

I think so. There are fungi that can be spread that are hard to get rid of. Just some basic knowledge is needed for the job, to make it safe, and to learn what to do.

CalCoolidge Tuscaloosa, AL
07/25/15 11:18 am

Just another barrier to entry. Jeez, at this rate we'll need a government license to breath.

CoffeeNow Powderpuff Leftist
07/25/15 1:00 pm

We can't expect people to breathe on their own. If it's regulated and licensed fewer people will kill themselves accidentally

Liberty 4,032,064
07/25/15 11:12 am

Haha, of course not.

07/25/15 10:11 am

100% of the places I've ever got sick from after eating there had their bribe receipt.

Oh right, "license"

myfriendemily Will probably upset you
07/25/15 12:39 pm

Are you planning on eating fingernails? I'd probably feel sick after that too, bud!

07/25/15 5:41 pm

Was an obvious commentary on licensing in general

07/25/15 10:09 am

No licenses for anything

brendanm343 Massachusetts
07/25/15 10:03 am

license to be a what?

corino Utah
07/25/15 10:56 am

A manicurist; they do nails (like fingernails).

mc88 Cleveland OSU
07/25/15 9:28 am

More bullshit regulation

RedDye40 Way Over Yonder
07/25/15 9:10 am

Yes, it's s public health hazard.

RedDye40 Way Over Yonder
07/25/15 9:12 am

Edited: It CAN be a ph hazard, but licensing and regulations keep it from becoming one.

iPolitix Political Party Animal
07/25/15 9:16 am

Is it like a Harry Potter thing? Wave the magic license around & *poof!* Gubment guaranteed safety? Gawd. Put your pixie dust away.
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krayzewolf New Hampshire
07/25/15 9:16 am

Should cooks at fast food restaurants also then be required to be licensed, because potential public health hazard?

js132 Texas
07/25/15 9:58 am

Do they not have to get a food handlers license?

js132 Texas
07/25/15 10:00 am

It's not guaranteed safety, but it does guarantee a minimum amount of training.

07/25/15 10:10 am


dfish at home
07/25/15 11:04 am

I had to get a food handlers license to be a busboy. A $15 online test to learn how to wash my hands great. So stupid

RedDye40 Way Over Yonder
07/25/15 11:19 am

Manicurist are in direct physical contact with their clients. Due to the nature of their jobs, there is a high risk of infection/spread of disease. Cooks in a fast food are not in direct physical contact with the people they serve.

krayzewolf New Hampshire
07/25/15 3:29 pm

As someone who worked a pizza place as a kid, I can tell ya I was in direct physical contact with my customers. I've also had some nasty co workers. Diseases are so easily passed, this is nothing more than a money grab by the state to bone workers.

think4yourself Not a safe space
07/25/15 9:07 am

They need to make sure they can properly remove a hang nail. Lol

Zod Above Pugetropolis
07/25/15 8:58 am

At the very least I'd expect them to have the same business license as any other business, but because there is a health risk to the public in what they do, additional training and regular inspections should also be required.

07/25/15 10:10 am


dfish at home
07/25/15 11:07 am

Because if they don't pay the government to tell them not to splash acetone in people's eyes, they'll never know any better

Rosebud Ohio
07/25/15 8:56 am

Yes, they deal with a fair number of chemicals and hands can spread quite a lot of disease.

07/25/15 9:47 am

Did you also say yes to babysitter? If yes what would be more concerning to you, your nails or leaving your baby with a sitter?

Rosebud Ohio
07/25/15 9:52 am

The sitter is unlikely to burn my kids hands or cause problems with chemical fumes or be in a situation to transfer disease to them.
Besides... Sitters include older siblings, best friends, neighbors. I don't care if someone gets their nails done by

Rosebud Ohio
07/25/15 9:53 am

an unlicensed friend, but if the person purports to be a professional there needs to be basic standards. It's the same with sitters. Daycare workers need a license, sitters don't.

Pirate Uses the Tap
07/25/15 8:42 am

Yes. They need to have proper training to prevent the spread of diseases like Hepatitis B & C through unsterilized utensils.

07/25/15 9:52 am

Same question as I asked Rose just above.

Pirate Uses the Tap
07/25/15 1:01 pm

If it's a person I would have to know the person before I left a child of mine with them, license or not. A facility, I think they should hold a license. A person singularly not so much.

jmw7477 Indiana
07/25/15 8:41 am

There's more to nails than just polishing. There are correct ways to file nails without damaging them. You have to know the correct way to mix acrylic nail products, how to prep the nail, and how to do fill ins. There's also the correct way to do

jmw7477 Indiana
07/25/15 8:43 am

hand and foot massages. If items aren't properly sanitized and sterilized, infection can be spread. I would rather go to someone that put the time and effort into learning their trade and not just decided to work in their friend or aunt's shop.

cowboy Proud Father
07/25/15 8:32 am

Seems pointless.

kirk510620 VA
07/25/15 8:28 am

Occupational licenses are barriers to entry. There are way too many in every state that protect incumbent businesses & licenses have few public safety benefits. A great example is the Louisiana florist license exam, based on 1950s arrangements.

CoffeeNow Powderpuff Leftist
07/25/15 8:31 am

Unlicensed florists are dangerous!!!

think4yourself Not a safe space
07/25/15 9:08 am

They could totally ruin someone's wedding!

CoffeeNow Powderpuff Leftist
07/25/15 9:34 am

They might give you a poisonous flower and kill you!

furbabymama Indiana
07/25/15 8:25 am

A nail tech needs to know about more than just polishing nails. The health issues alone require knowledge of sterilization procedures. Licensure is mandatory.

CoffeeNow Powderpuff Leftist
07/25/15 8:30 am

If they don't sterilize don't go to them. How easy is that?

Starkey Nashville,TN
07/25/15 8:40 am

Logic, you can't be sure that it's sterile unless they are licensed.

CoffeeNow Powderpuff Leftist
07/25/15 8:44 am

A piece of paper doesn't ensure they sterilize either

Humans are so's amazing how much they can be calmed by a piece of paper with a seal on it. Makes people feel safe

iPolitix Political Party Animal
07/25/15 9:12 am

Captain. My readings of Starkey's answer are off the sarcasm-omiter's charts.
I suggest calibrating your density glasses.

CoffeeNow Powderpuff Leftist
07/25/15 9:35 am

Finally someone addresses me as captain!

susanr Colorado
07/25/15 9:41 am

The piece of paper ensures that they know *how* to sterilize. And that they know how to handle potentially toxic chemicals, & which ones not to use. And various other health-related aspects of the business.

CoffeeNow Powderpuff Leftist
07/25/15 9:44 am

Not necessarily. People get drivers licenses yet have no idea how to drive

If a piece of paper makes you feel better, let private companies handle it. And make it optional. Then you can just not go to places that don't have the paper