New Minn. Law Targets Salon Safety

Updated: 10/06/2013 9:17 AM By: Josh Rosenthal

"It took me two days to recover," remembered Chaska Spa Manager Louise Gangelhoff. She's referring to an incident at the very beginning of her 30 year career.

"I had a client with lice and I didn't know what it was, and I was just panic stricken," she laughed.

A lot's changed in the past three decades for Gangelhoff, but think about all of the young salon professionals just getting their start.

"I think most people have good intentions," she explained. "They just don't know what to do."

That's why there are new classes for a new health and safety law. The law says Minnesota's salon professionals need four hours of continuing education before renewing their licenses. Before this, they didn't need any.

"I cannot tell you how its made me aware of the things I need to look at in my own facility," said Salon Owner Judy Garcia. She helped develop the classes for the Salon and Spa Professional Association. The very first one was held at the St. Paul RiverCentre Saturday.

"That's what it's about," Garcia said, "is knowing that that razor wasn't used on three other people."

The new law doesn't actually kick in until August of 2014, meaning the salon professionals already taking classes are way ahead of the game.