The face is one of the most sensitive parts of your body when exfoliation is introduced. Hot towels open pores to the max. If your dermatologist uses gloves to touch your face shouldn't your barber use gloves to exfoliate your face with stream and two passes of a razor?
Does he just brush the hair off or did he dip his machine's blade in a barbicide disinfectant? Ever notice the back of a guy's neck and it's covered in blisters of pus. It's called Barber's Rash caused by Staphylococcus aureus. Gotta disinfect your machines!
Think about. His hands were all over the previous customer's head or face. Then he handles money. Then he probably grabbed an old broom to sweep. Gotta wash your hands with soap and running water to send the germs down the drain!
Does he use a new razor blade to shave the neck or face? Face it. You don't know the guy who sat in the chair before you did. Demand a new blade! Hepatitis is no joke.
Most barbers will sanitize their machines with a spray. Personally we prefer a dipping agent for maximum coverage. However did he disinfect his shears and guards as well? Ultimately it's the guards that touch your scalp in the first place.
82.102. Health and Safety Standards--General Requirements. (Rule effective March 1, 2006, 31 TexReg 1297; amended effective August 1, 2006, 31 TexReg 5947)
(a) All barber establishments and licensees shall utilize clean and disinfected equipment, tools, implements, and supplies in accordance with this Chapter, and shall employ good hygiene habits while providing barbering services.
(b) A licensee may not perform services on a client if the licensee has reason to believe the client has a contagious condition such as head lice, nits, ringworm; or inflamed, infected, broken, raised or swollen skin or nail tissue; or an open wound or sore in the area to be serviced. (c) Multi-use equipment, implements, tools or materials not addressed in this chapter shall be cleaned and disinfected before use on each client. Except as otherwise provided in this chapter, chairs and dryers do not need to be disinfected prior to use for each client. (d) Single-use equipment, implements, tools or porous items not addressed in this rule shall be discarded after use on a single client.
(e) Electrical equipment that cannot be immersed in liquid shall be wiped clean and disinfected prior to each use on a client.
(f) All clean and disinfected implements and materials
when not in use shall be stored in a clean, dry,
debris-free environment including but not limited to
drawers, cases, tool belts, rolling trays, or hung from hooks. They must be stored separate from soiled implements and materials. Ultraviolet electrical sanitizers are permissible for use as a dry storage container. Non-barber related supplies must be stored in separate drawers or locations.
(g) A container of liquid disinfectant shall be located at each barber chair or station in a barber establishment to be used to disinfect combs, brushes, scissors or other equipment which may be safely immersed in a liquid disinfectant.
(h) Shampoo bowls and manicure tables shall be disinfected
prior to use for each client.
(i) Floors in barber establishments shall be thoroughly cleaned each day. All hair cuttings shall be removed as soon as practicable.
(j) All trash containers must be emptied daily and kept clean by washing or using plastic liners.
(k) Hand washing facilities, including hot and cold running water must be provided for employees.
(l) Clean towels shall be used on each client. Towels must be washed in hot water and chlorine bleach.
(m) Soiled towels shall be removed after use on each client and deposited in a suitable receptacle.
(n) Each barber establishment shall keep all products used in the conduct of their business properly
labeled in compliance with OSHA requirements.
(o) Haircutting capes and shampoo capes shall be kept clean. A clean (one-use) cape shall be used for each client, or a sanitary neck strip or towel shall be used to keep capes from coming into direct contact with the client’s neck.
82.103. Health and Safety Standards--Hair Cutting, Styling, Treatment and Shaving Services. (Rule effective March 1, 2006, 31 TexReg 1297)
(a) Barbers shall wash their hands with soap and water, or use a liquid hand sanitizer, prior to performing any services on a client.
(b) All equipment, implements, tools and materials shall be properly cleaned and disinfected in accordance with this rule prior to servicing each client.
(c) After each client, all non-disposable implements shall be cleaned and sprayed with either an EPA-registered bactericidal, fungicidal, and virucidal disinfectant, or isopropyl alcohol, ethyl alcohol, or a high-level disinfection chlorine bleach solution. Equipment, implements, tools and materials to be cleaned and disinfected include but are not limited to combs and picks, haircutting shears, thinning shears/texturizers, razors, edgers, guards, clippers, and perm rods. (d) At the end of each day of use, the above items, along with any other tools, such as sectioning clips, brushes, comb and picks shall be cleaned by manually scrubbing with soap and water or adequate methods, and then disinfected by one of the following methods: (1) Complete immersion in an EPA-registered bactericidal, fungicidal, and virucidal disinfectant in accordance with manufacturer’s instructions.
(2) Complete immersion in isopropyl alcohol or ethyl alcohol;
(3) Complete immersion in a high-level disinfection chlorine bleach solution.