We've received confirmation from Kristy Underwood, Executive Officer of the California State Board of Barbering and Cosmetology department, of a new law that passed in January 2011 for metal files to be used for pedicures or manicures. Any razor-edge or needle-like instruments are still prohibited from salons. Any of these instruments found in a spa can be subject to a $500 fine.
Here's the details:
Section 7320.1 Allows Metal Tools to Smooth and Massage
(Credo blades and Rasps are still illegal)
-When providing a manicure or pedicure, no metal instruments shall be used except those metal instruments necessary for the cutting, trimming, manicuring, or pedicuring of nails or cuticles or for the smoothing and massaging of the hands and feet.
A quick google search of Section 7320.1 brings up this page.
California, here we come!