We love our clients and the last thing we want to do is cause them any harm. We’ve all been asked the question, “Can I get cancer from getting gels?” There’s no short answer but as always, ensuring your clients are informed and educated about gels and harmful UV light is key to making sure they are safe and protected.
The truth is, when clients are exposed to ultraviolet light every couple of weeks while receiving gel services, it does significantly increase their exposure to harmful UV light. So, from that perspective, yes it could be harmful, but it doesn’t necessarily mean it will be. Knowing how to protect your clients from harmful UV rays is a valid concern. You can ease any anxiety with communication and education.
Once you know better, you do better, and that is certainly the case with UV protection. Though you cannot always completely protect your clients from the effects of UV rays, you can implement a system that will decrease their chances of maximum exposure.
Here are 4 ways you can help protect your client from harmful UV rays:
1. Use sunscreen
Before you ask your client to put their lacquered nails under the UV light, make sure to slather their hands with sunscreen or use massage creams or lotions that contain sunscreen with a 30 SPF or higher. Make sure after applying sunscreen to clean the nail plate to ensure proper application and curing. In case you didn’t know, SPF stands for Sun Protection Factor and is a measure of how well certain sunscreens protect the skin from UVB rays, which is the kind of radiation that causes sunburn, skin damage, and possibly melanoma.
Check out this SPF scale:
SPF 15 blocks 93% of UVB rays
SPF 30 blocks 97% of UVB rays
SPF 50 blocks 98% of UVB rays
2. Use fingerless gloves and toeless socks
One of the best methods for protecting your clients from UV rays is simply covering them up. Purchase a few pairs of inexpensive gloves and socks, then cut the tips of the fingers and toes to create your DIY fingerless/toeless gloves and socks. You can also buy fingerless gloves made from a special polymer that already has titanium dioxide in them, one of the main ingredients in some sunscreens.
3. Use a LED light instead of a UV light
Though LED lights still emit harmful UV rays, LED lamps are said to be safer than traditional UV lights because curing time is faster and therefore there’s less exposure to radiation. Faster curing time is a huge advantage to you and your client!
4. Don’t allow your client to put their whole hand or foot into the device
Instruct your clients to insert only their nails into the UV device, not their whole hand. Many times clients will slide their whole hand or foot into the devices, and it’s not necessary. They only need to cure the nail and decreasing the amount of skin exposure to the harmful rays, decreases their risk of unwanted side effects.
With these four steps, you can help protect your clients from harmful UV rays.
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Tiffani Douglas is an author, speaker, beauty-marketing consultant and licensed nail technician with over 20 years experience in the beauty industry.
A graduate of the University of Kentucky, Tiffani worked her way through college as a manicurist to obtain a Bachelor of Arts degree in Journalism, with a concentration in strategic marketing. After college, she went on to work in corporate America as a marketing and media maven, but ever passionate about the beauty industry, she founded her own mobile spa.
During that time she also began consulting other beauty professionals in the areas of marketing and branding, which sparked an idea to write two e-books, Social Media Marketing: A Guide for Beauty Professionals and Are You a True Beauty Professional– 7 Practical Steps to Being More Professional, Upgrading Your Business and Increasing Your Revenue. She recently released her first published book, Straight Outta Beauty School - 10 Things You Need to Know and Do After You Graduate.
Tiffani resides in Dallas, Texas where she continues to inspire beauty pros young and old by offering them the tools they need to grow personally and professionally.
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