Once again, the good old Daily Mail has published a misleading and potentially worrying article about the dangers of painting nails. So, let’s clear up a few things for all our clients.
UV V’s LED Lamps
In our salon, we use LED technology, not UV. But even if we did use UV, it’s essential to note that a typical fluorescent ceiling light produces more than 200 times the UV that a UV nail lamp does! All UV lamps use UV-A, not UV-B. To put it simply, using a UV lamp to cure your nails is equivalent to standing in the sun for an extra 17 seconds once a fortnight!
Furthermore, information from Harvard Health Publishing and the Skin Cancer Foundation agree that the risks involved are far less than that from UV tanning machines. Both offer the suggestion that if you are concerned you can apply sunscreen about 20 minutes before you have your nails done or wear fingerless gloves.
It’s A Chemical Process
Our lamps don’t ‘dry’ nails. They’re designed to cure the gel through a process of polymerisation. The gel contains photo initiators that react with the wavelengths emitted by the light.
Polymerisation is a chemical process that occurs when the gel polish is exposed to UV or LED light. Gel polish contains monomers and oligomers that cross-link with each other to former polymers. The process allows the gel to cure quickly to create a strong bond with the natural nail.
Harmful Nail Polish Ingredients
None of the polish in our salon contains formaldehyde, toluene, or dibutyl phthalate. It is commonly known that these chemicals are very dangerous in high doses. However, in the tiny amounts used in nail polish they are likely to be harmless. Nevertheless, most nail polish brands stopped using these chemicals well over a decade ago. There are still some cheap imports available in Britain, however we always use top quality products at Nail Divas.
Gel Polish Ruins Your Nails?
Gel polishes don’t ruin your nails. Badly trained technicians who don’t apply or remove the polish correctly ruin your nails. Acrylate allergy is rare but unpleasant. It can be avoided by using a trusted brand and following the manufacturer’s instructions. Applying gel on your nails at home without proper training isn’t advisable. While it may not seem like rocket science, there’s science involved, and understanding it is crucial. If you want to learn more about it, why not sign up to one of our Nail Training Masterclasses.
Customer Safety is Key
At Nail Divas, our technicians are properly trained and qualified before working on the public. Being a nail technician requires scientific study and practice. With over 40 years of combined experience, we take customer safety seriously. If we believed any product was potentially dangerous, we wouldn’t use it. We hope therefore that we have debunked the myths about the dangers of painting nails.
Customer safety is our top priority, and we’re committed to providing quality service backed by science and expertise. Trust Nail Divas for a safe and beautiful nail experience. To book yourself in for your next professional nail treatment, please contact us, we look forward to welcoming you into our salon.