I’ve said it before and it looks like I’m going to have to keep on saying it, but when it comes to health and safety in Nail Technology then Education really is key!
Every day on public forums my team and I read posts about clients and technicians experiencing serious skin reactions and allergies to nail products. THIS SHOULD NOT BE HAPPENING.
The majority of nail enhancement products contain some form of acrylate. These chemicals have the potential to be extremely dangerous and they can be major allergens and irritants if they are incorrectly handled. But there really is no excuse for technicians not understanding this. It is the absolute duty of every professional technician to ensure not only his/her safety but also that of her clientelle, and that means understanding and using nail products safely and appropriately.
It never ceases to amaze me when clients express surprise when they are i) asked to fill in client record cards ii) asked questions about allergies and reactions and iii) are required to take skin tests. These processes are there for a reason. They are to protect clients and technicians from developing allergies and reactions to potentially dangerous chemicals.
The massive rise in popularity of nail enhancements over the last two decades has brought with it a market for products that is widening daily. The majority of these products are perfectly safe…. when used correctly, but herein lies the problem. So many of these products are available on the open market to anyone, regardless of their professional status or level of education. The industry has seen a recent influx of unregulated products, particularly gel products from China which contain much higher than usual quantities of photoinitiators and HEMA. Used incorrectly or by the untrained, these products have a much higher likelihood of causing skin reaction.
For years I and many of my nail colleagues across the UK have campaigned vociferously for regulation and registration in this industry, all to no avail. We will continue our campaign until our government puts in place a licensing system for professional therapists and salons, but until this happens please BE AWARE.


Tootsie Time

Oh yes! It’s here! That time of year when you finally get those hoofs out of hibernation and realise you actually have Hobbit feet. Argh…the shock. What can you do? You can’t possibly wear sandals with hairy toes and overgrown toe nails with the remains of the Ruby Ritz Red Glitter polish you had for the Christmas Party.
Well that’s enough about MY feet……. So, Pedicures are definitely the way forward, and these days there are so many different treatments it can be difficult to know what you need. So here is a little info to help you make an informed choice.
The word pedicure simply means care of the foot (Pedi=foot and Cura=care) but it can take several forms so here are some of ours.
Pristine Pedicure: Our luxury treatment with a soak, scrub, mask and massage along with a polish colour. This intensive pedicure includes treatment to help eliminate hard skin and calluses.
Funky Feet: A Spa treatment with a foot mask and massage plus colour.
Plastic Fantastic: A Shellac treatment for the feet without the foot soak (Shellac really isn’t very fond of toes that have been soaked!)

Of course, if your feet need a more “industrial” overhaul because of ingrown toenails or cracked hard skin then it’s always a good idea to have a chat with the chiropodist. And remember that we can also repair and rebuild damaged toe nails with acrylic

Finally, to all those out there who say “eeew, I don’t know how you can touch peoples feet,they’re minging”….(and I get this daily)….I have just one question. Which foot do you use to wipe your bottom then?

I rest my case.

Why do I need a pink screwdriver?

OK, this may be viewed by some as a highly controversial statement Screenshot_20190306-004237_Amazonbut seriously, why do women need pink screwdrivers?
In fact why do we need pink anything?
We’re told it’s all about equality of opportunity, women should be allowed to do anything men can…..so explain the pink to me because I really don’t get it. It’s not empowering, it’s patronising! Yet here we all are celebrating it like it’s some kind of epiphany! So next time you see a lovely pink product, designed especially for women (because of course we’d never be able to use the real thing now would we?), just remember that it’s a pile of disingenuous poop aimed at selling you something you already have.
So to all those people out there that still think I need help to be equal….I’ve had my own drill for a quarter of a century. In fact it’s one of the best presents I’ve ever had, but I DON’T NEED A PINK TOOLKIT.

UV Lamps Cause Skin Cancer…..says the Daily Mail….AGAIN

Once again the good old Daily Fail has published misleading and potentially worrying article about the dangers of painting the nails.

So, we thought we’d just clarify a few things for all of our clients.

1) We don’t use UV technology in the salon, we use LED. But even if we did we’d like to make it clear 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. Put simply, using a UV Lamp to cure your nails is the equivalent of standing in the sun for an extra 17 seconds once a fortnight!

2) Our lamps don’t ‘dry’ nails. If you don’t believe us try painting your nails with nail polish from Boots and see what happens! The lamps are designed to cure the gel (which is a chemical acrylate) through a process of polymerisation. The gel contains photo initiators which react with the wavelengths emitted by the light.

3) No polish in our salon contains formaldehyde, toluene or dibutyl phthalate. Most nail polish brands ( with the exception of the cheap imported polishes on Ebay) stopped using these chemicals well over a decade ago.

4) Gel polishes don’t ruin your nails. Badly trained technicians who do not apply or remove the polish correctly ruin your nails. Acrylate allergy is very unpleasant but fortunately very rare. It can be avoided by using a trusted brand and following manufacturers instructions. Putting gel on your own nails at home without any training really isn’t a good idea. It may not look like rocket science, indeed it isn’t, but there is science involved and it’s crucial that you understand it.

5) At Nail Divas our technicians are properly trained and qualified before they are allowed to work on the public. Being a nail technician is a lot more difficult than it looks and requires plenty of scientific study and practice. Between us we have 40+ years of experience. We take customer safety very seriously and if we thought any product was potentially dangerous we wouldn’t use it….simplezzz.


The Under-representation of Women in Entrepreneurial Roles.


Well, I hate to say it but……I TOLD YOU SO!

Any of you who know me well will also know that I’ve been banging on about this for many years. I’m delighted that the Welsh Government has finally had the “balls” to admit this, if  not a little disappointed and frustrated that it has taken them so long to realise that over 50% of the workforce has been marginalised for decades.

It’s almost 50 years since The Equal Pay Act and the Dagenham womens strike and still women are under paid and massively under represented at senior management levels and above.