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Protect Yourself – Be Informed About State Cosmetology Laws

South Dakota Department of Labor and Regulation

123 W. Missouri Ave.

Pierre, SD  57501



For Immediate Release:  Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Media Contact:  Dawn Dovre, 605-773-3094


Protect Yourself Be Informed About State Cosmetology Laws 


PIERRE, S.D. – The South Dakota Cosmetology Commission sets high professional standards for nail technicians and cosmetologists for consumer safety. Every summer, many consumers seek nail and pedicure services without being informed of salon safety requirements. Being aware of the guidelines can prevent injury, infection and disease.


Manicures and pedicures should only be performed in a licensed salon by a licensed nail technician or cosmetologist. Before making an appointment, ask questions, get referrals from the salon and review the state guidelines.


Do Not:

  • Shave legs 24 hours before pedicures.
  • Allow cutting of calluses and ingrown toenails.
  • Allow the technician to use implements that have been used on previous clients.
  • Allow a nail technician to perform waxing services.


  • Observe salon cleanliness and sanitation practices.
  • Inform the technician if you have health concerns or medications, such as diabetes or a compromised immune system.
  • Be aware of guidelines and ask questions.


“If you are not comfortable with what you see in a salon, the best thing to do is leave,” said Cosmetology Commission Executive Director Kate Boyd. “Services should not hurt, injure or put you at risk of infection.”


South Dakota consumers who make informed decisions about nail and pedicure services can help prevent health hazards. For more information, visit cosmetology.sd.gov or call the Commission at 605-773-6193.

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