"Unfortunately, manicures have many dangers," Krant says. "You can get fungal infections, bacterial infections and permanent nail disfigurement depending on what happens to you there."
Stick with salons you're used to, or look online for reviews before trying a new spot -- and, like pedicures, you may want to bring your own set of tools, Krant suggests.
Signs of infection include swollen red cuticles, pain, a white, yellow or black material between your nail-bed and your nail, and a change in the shape of your nail, according to Krant -- if you notice any symptoms, see your doctor immediately.
1. Is the person working on your skin certified to be a skin expert? Look at the certificates to make sure he or she is.
2. If the technician is using any electronics or chemical treatments, is he or she used to working with them? Some technicians aren't trained on all of the equipment, especially because it advances so quickly.
3. Is everything sanitary and in a place you can see it? "It should look almost like you're walking into an operation when you are getting a skincare treatment," he says, suggeting that you not allow your eyes to be covered during a treatment to allow you to see that every new tool is coming from a UV sanitizing system.