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Why so many gel polish allergies today?

By Bob Giblett in Allergies
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After creating and running the Nail Technicians Allergy Support group on Facebook for six years and owning a brand that develops unique hypoallergenic products for 11 years, here are a few thoughts about nail product allergies.

Calculating the cost per service

By Bob Giblett
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Would you like to be able to calculate your the cost of each of your services? Here we explain a simple method to do this.

Respirators vs Surgical Masks For Nail Salons

By Bob Giblett in Coronavirus COVID-19 articles
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What is the difference between a respirator and a surgical mask? Which should you choose and how to choose a supplier?

Can you mix acrylic polymers and monomers from different brands?

By Bob Giblett
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Seen some acrylic colours that you really like from a different brand? Before you buy, this information may save your career.

Do nail salon plastic/perspex screens provide protection?

By Bob Giblett in Coronavirus COVID-19 articles
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A flood of companies have started to sell plastic screen guards for nail salons. Many nail salons already purchased these at a price between 60 to 200 Euro. But do they really provide adequate protection or are these companies trading on fear? 

What information must a nail product label legally contain?

By Bob Giblett
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It is increasingly difficult for Nail Technicians to know if a specific nail product is legal. In recent years, many new brands are sourcing products from China that may contain illegal cosmetic ingredients and also legal ingredients in excessive amounts - both significantly increasing the risk of allergies. Often these brands seem to be unable to even follow the most basic requirements - to produce product labels that contain all the information that is legally required.

Why you should not use 100-grit nail files on the natural nail plate

By Bob Giblett
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Why you should not use 100-grit nail files on the natural nail plate.

The ingredients HEMA and Di-HEMA are NOT the same!

By Bob Giblett in Allergies
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It is a common mistake for Nail Techs to confuse the ingredients HEMA and Di-HEMA, thinking they are the same. Unfortunately, some Educators are also confused and misinformed.

Are Nitrile Gloves Really Safe?

By Bob Giblett in Safety in the Salon, Allergies
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Many Nail Technicians believe that nitrile gloves offer protection against nail product chemicals that can cause allergies. The truth is not so simple.

Dermatologists issue warning about UK artificial nail allergy epidemic

By Bob Giblett in Safety in the Salon, Allergies
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The British Association of Dermatologists has today issued a warning that (meth)acrylate chemicals, the key ingredients in acrylic nails, gel nails and gel polish nails, are causing a contact allergy epidemic in the UK and Ireland.

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