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Allergic and adverse reactions caused by nail products

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Nail techs work with nail products on a daily basis and are constantly being exposed to various different chemical ingredients, dust and vapours, which contain allergens and irritants that could potentially cause allergies and adverse reactions, as well as more serious health conditions.

But, for some reason, many of the issues around this topic are at times not taken all that seriously and are just being ignored, or incorrect advice is given, which is definitely a major cause for concern.

Are your clients leaving your salon with beautiful nails but a few hours later calling you to say they think they have an allergy to your products? One thing you need to know is that allergies don’t just occur overnight, so you will need to establish whether it is just an irritation to something, or an actual allergy to an ingredient.

It’s not just clients who are experiencing these issues; many nail techs are posting on social media saying that they have suddenly developed an allergy to the products they work with and they don’t know what to do about it. The scary thing is that most of the time the product or brand is blamed, with nail techs thinking the solution is to just change brands or systems, but this is not a long-term solution at all.

To read more about this all-important topic, and to find out the difference between an allergy and an irritation, read Sonette van Rensburg’s article on pages 50, 51 and 52 of the July issue of the Professional Beauty & NailFile digital magazine: https://issuu.com/professionalbeautysa/docs/pro_beauty_june_2021/50?fr=sNmNmMzM3Nzc2NjI

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