Nowadays it’s very important for every professional to keep up with the industry trends and always stay up-to-date. Global attention is directed onto everything ecology and health related, so as a nail tech you should be in the know about not only techniques of manicure or pedicure, but also have understanding of how and why your work can influence one’s health. There are a lot of areas to cover, but let’s start with one of them that everyone is talking about – nail polishes formulas.
Traditionally nail polishes got a not so good reputation in that regard – thanks to chemical ingredients that can potentially cause health issues and harsh odor. But the progress made in the latest years in that area is enormous, and that’s how #-FREE polishes appeared.
What does it mean? 3-FREE formula is the bare minimum. It means that it doesn’t contain the 3 following ingredients: formaldehyde, toluene and dibutyl phthalate. These ones can either cause cancer or be bad for reproductive systems. By European regulations it’s a must have for all polishes, while in the United States or Asia such polishes are still allowed. We must notice, that to actively harm a person, most of those have to be taken in bigger doses and actually ingested, but better be always safe than sorry, right?
Let’s go further, 5-FREE polishes skip also such things as camphor and formaldehyde resin – which are known allergens. It can be hazardous not only to those who paint their nails once in a while, but more so for people who do it for living.
Today more companies strive to make their products as safe as possible, so more new formulas have appeared on the market.
7-FREE: adding to all abovementioned also doesn’t contain xylene and ethyl tosylamide.
9-FREE: skips on parabens and acetone.
There are also more brands that announce their formulas to be 10-FREE and more (some come up to 15!), which may vary. Obviously “the more the better” rule works here but keep in mind that nail polishes that go for 13-15FREE formula might lack ingredients that make them last on nails longer.
Here are some popular brand examples for these formulas, might want to check which ones you use!