Paula Abdul Urges Tough Nail Salon Standards

Abdul Urges Tough Nail Salon Standards (AP)

“American Idol” judge Paula Abdul urged California legislators to force nail salons to clean up their act, testifying Monday about her yearlong health ordeal after an unsanitary manicure. Abdul said a trip in April 2004 to a Studio City nail shop that used unclean equipment sent her in and out of the hospital, and made her the butt of late-night talk show jokes.

“Being a professional dancer, I’m no stranger to pain, but this time the pain was so excruciating that even my hair touching my thumb caused me to scream,” Abdul told the California Senate Business and Professions Committee in Sacramento.


Customers are vulnerable to bacterial infections if manicurists do not properly sanitize their tools between jobs.

This seems like a no-brainer.

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  1. Jim Henley says:

    Putting “no-brainer” in a Paula Abdul item is just cruel.

  2. James Joyner says:

    Heh. I was wondering if my sense of humor was too subtle on this one.

  3. Fersboo says:

    Subtle? About as subtle as Gallagher.

  4. Fersboo says:

    Just kidding ya’know.

  5. john malson says:

    single use nail polish is agreat start