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Nail and hair salons may pose health risks

In 2017, the Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation reported 30 hair and nail salons in the Rio Grande Valley have failed inspections by not meeting state licensing standards.

In 2017, the Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation reported 30 hair and nail salons in the Rio Grande Valley have failed inspections by not meeting state licensing standards.

McAllen Director of Health and Code Enforcement Josh Ramirez assists TDLR by visiting salons the agency receives complaints about.

"Our biggest concern would be the sanitation of the equipment-- that it will not affect the health of our patrons," Ramirez said.

Ramirez said inspectors check for dirty and rusted utensils, since those may pose a health hazard.

Inspectors also verify that a spa's pedicure chairs are cleaned and disinfected after every use, even when they have not been utilized because mold, fungus, and other bacteria may develop around the area.

When businesses do not pass the check list of regulations, they can face fines of up to $1,000 or more, and even get their licensed revoked for a year, or indefinitely, depending on their violation.

TDLR Public Information Officer Susan Stanford said protecting the livelihood of Texans is their priority.

"The Texas Department of Licensing and regulation takes that very seriously,” Stanford said. “We are charged with protecting all Texans and not having a license while performing cosmetology services puts the person you work on in jeopardy."

In the past five months, there have been 13 salons fined in Cameron County, 11 salons fined in Hidalgo County, five salons fined in Starr County, and one salon fined in Willacy County for not passing inspections.

Edna Posada, who owns three different spas in the Valley, said she has made cleanliness and sanitation a priority at all of her locations.

"When people first come in here I want them to feel like ‘Wow I can disconnect, I can relax, and I can make sure that this is going to be a sanitary place’, because I think sometimes people don't always look at that," Posada said.

While customer service is her number one priority, she said a clean facility and good service is just as important.

TDLR has an updated list of locations in every county and city in the state of Texas that have violated regulations posted on their website.

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