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image via Elyse Sewell's LivejournalSome states are apparently unconvinced that having actually the dead skin of one's feet pecked off by tiny, hungry fish is a sanitary procedure. Fourteen states, consisting of Texas and also Florida, have actually placed bans on so-called fish pedicures, a exercise long-popular in China that only recently began to take off in the united States.The fad began when salon owner john Ho started looking for an alternate to pedicure razors, which have been banned in several claims over security concerns. He traveled to Chengdu, China, whereby he and also his mam treated themselves to a full-body treatment. They love it. Ho set up his very own fish pedicure practice in Fairfax County, Virginia, enjoy it buzz that couldn't have actually paid for if he want to once Diane Sawyer visited the spa because that a segment on good Morning America.But other salon owners hoping come capitalize on fish pedicures' newfound popularity have actually been shut under by state laws outlawing the usage of live animals in cosmetology. The problem, according to the Wall Street Journal's Philip Shishkin, is sanitary: Cosmetology regulations normally mandate the tools have to be discarded or sanitized after every use. However epidermis-eating fish are too high value to throw away. "And there's no way to sanitize them uneven you roasted them for 20 minute at 350 degrees," states Lynda Elliott, an official with the brand-new Hampshire plank of Barbering, Cosmetology and also Esthetics. The plank outlawed fish pedicures in November. And no one desires a enjoy the meal of flesh-eating fish, right?It's additionally unclear whether fish pedicures are also enjoyable. Elyse Sewell, a previous contestant ~ above America's following Top Model, tried a fish pedicure (at "Dr. Fish cafe" in Seoul) to less-than stellar results. Elyse composed on her blog: Dr Fish eat dead skin; supposedly there are full-immersion Dr Fish tanks in Turkey, yet here in Seoul you deserve to only get knee-deep. It expenses five bucks for the privilege the wearing these hepatitis electrical shock tickle-torture boots because that fifteen minutes; if you're even a third as ticklish as I am, girlfriend will invest this time in the many profound emotional distress. She then posted the photo below, writing, "And because that what! This is the "after" shot. Quiet jacked. My much more deeply-callused heels had actually visible nibble pockmarks."
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image via Elyse Sewell's Livejournal. Sawyer, on the various other hand, claimed the fish chomping felt choose "tiny breakable kisses."


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