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TECHNICAL

Know your chemicals Part 1 In the first of a series of articles, Sonette van Rensburg unpacks the chemistry behind nail products

nowing what ingredients are in your products and how they work is a vitally important topic and yet many feel it is not necessary to be knowledgeable about this. You may think, well what for? Well, think again if you want to be successful in this industry and would like to ensure that you have a long lasting and sustainable career as a nail professional. It’s time to realise just how essential it is for you to not only be highly skilled in what you do, but to also be fully knowledgeable about absolutely everything to do with your profession. Relying on just your skill is definitely not enough. Having the appropriate knowledge about your nail products, and understanding what makes them tick and how they affect you and your client’s nails, is just as important and goes hand in hand with all the other topics we have been covering in recent NailFile articles. These topics include misinformation in the industry, UV and LED nail lamp technology, allergies and skin reactions. Did you know that water is a chemical? It just goes to prove that not all chemicals are harmful; similarly not everything that is natural is necessarily good for you. There seems to be a senseless fear associated with chemicals. Remember that there are chemicals all around us – the clothes we wear and the food we eat and, in fact, even humans are made up of chemicals. A chemical is a substance which has a defined composition and can be in the form of a solid, liquid or gas. Some chemicals occur naturally while others are man-made or manufactured, like nail products.

Potentially hazardous

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Although nail products and the chemical ingredients found in them are sometimes believed to be harmful and hazardous to your health, this is only true when you have no knowledge about them, potentially causing harm when they are misused, or you overexpose either yourself or your clients to them. There are certain ingredients in some products that are deemed or believed to be safer for use than others and exclude many of the so called toxic ingredients. What we need to know is that any nail product, no matter how good it is or whether it’s free from so-called toxic ingredients, could still be potentially hazardous and harmful when used in an unsafe and incorrect manner. However, this is completely in your control.

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