A call for a clampdown on the ugly side of the beauty business has come from a Larbert salon owner.
Sharon McAlpine, owner of the Flawless Permanent Cosmetics and Skincare Clinic, believes legislation needs to be put in place to ensure unscrupulous and untrained owners don’t put clients and staff at risk.
Currently there are no formal regulations within the beauty industry, allowing anyone to open a beauty salon, nail bar or training school.
Sharon is licensed by Falkirk Council because she offers permanent cosmetics and only last year was glad to call on its services after she spotted an unregistered business offering a similar service.
She said: “Anyone can do a one-day nail course but many don’t even cover basic hygiene, equipment maintenance and sterilisation or any skin issues.
“I’ve seen for myself clients suffering from nail infections caused by over-drilling or at a beauty salon being burnt by wax that was too hot.
“There are no health and safety checks on nail bars and salons and that is extremely worrying and the public don’t know this.”
Sharon, who has worked in the industry for 21 years, has applied to be the representative for the Hair and Beauty Industry Authority (HABIA) in Scotland.
She added: “I would like to bring all the Scottish salons together and have already received support from several in Falkirk.”
HABIA has already said changes are needed to make it a more professional sector and is setting up a register of nail professionals which will allow those with qualifications to have their skills recognised.
A spokesperson said: “We are working hard to ensure that the workforce of the UK’s beauty industry is improved.”