Many salons use Barbicide, UV light sterilizer or other chemical solutions to disinfect their tools. Although this is legal and standard, you need to know that this is not totally effective at killing all bacteria and infection. The only solution that works and which kills 100% of all infective organism is autoclaving. Because autoclave machines are costlier, many salons prefer to use other methods to sterilize their equipments.
How can you find out if your salon is using an autoclave so that you are protected? Ask the salon manger how they disinfect their tools. If they don't autoclave, know that you are not 100% protected. If they do, make sure that the implements are stored in sealed autoclave pouches. Therefore, autoclave pouches are sealed and should be open in front of you.