As a responsible trade only supplier, our mission is to promote safe salon products that comply with EU & US safety standards. We educate both consumers and salon professionals alike about the importance of obtaining quality education and sourcing safe products.
This is why we ask for, and only supply to nail technicians who can provide proof of training.
As a nail product supplier to the professional beauty trade, I have a duty of care not only to my nail technicians, but to all the people whose nails they do. By making sure the products I sell are in the right hands, it limits the risks my clients, and theirs, are exposed to. I’ve built this business on integrity and passion, so, for me, it’s always been about the nails, not the money…Tanya Gunning – T&Z Managing Member
Our primary concern is that the number of allergic reactions to nail product ingredients is reaching epidemic proportions. The increasing number of people buying and using counterfeit or grey market UV cured nail products without the proper training is the root cause of the problem. (This is a fact, backed by research & statistics from the British Association of Dermatologists, and it is on the rise in Southern Africa too!)
Most often, the products responsible, originate from Asian manufacturers who use industrial chemicals (not cosmetic grade); they also rarely perform the required safety or quality control testing during the manufacturing process.
Another cause of allergies is associated with incorrect lamps being used to cure UV light cured nail products, paired with repeated and continuous skin exposure to uncured, and undercured nail coatings.
Unfortunately, the intricacies behind working safely with UV cured nail care products are not properly understood by the average consumer.
Even more concerning is the fact that many nail technicians are not taught the importance of chemical safety when they get their training. This is attributed to the fact that the majority of Namibian nail training providers do not provide the full Nail Technology syllabus on their courses. In fact, there are currently less than 10 educators in Namibia who are qualified to teach nail technology!
As a result, a large number of nail techs are unaware of the risks associated with chemical overexposure, and they are therefore unable to identify the symptoms or prevent allergies developing by following safe work practices.
As a nail technician, it’s extremely important to understand that people entrust you with their well-being every time they sit at your table. Educate yourself about the risks. Make the changes you need to. Be responsible.
If you or anyone you know has developed sensitivities or allergies to nail product ingredients, please share this page with them 😉
They can also join the international Nail Technicians Allergy Support Group on Facebook for more information and support.
Would you like to upgrade your skills & knowledge as a nail tech? check out our training options!