A message for Salon Professionals…

"You should really try those awesome SW gloves."

Ditch the vinyl gloves.

We spoke with several of you at Cosmoprof 2010 and noticed one major theme: the widespread use of vinyl gloves.  Although much cheaper than latex or nitrile alternatives, it’s a fact that vinyl gloves are industrial grade and just don’t offer the same level of chemical protection. Take a look at the results from a study done on the integrity of vinyl and latex procedure gloves. 53% of the vinyl gloves tested failed the dye penetration test, while only 3% of latex gloves suffered the same fate. Since working with harsh chemicals and dyes is often an unavoidable aspect of your day, this is definitely something to consider.

To drive the point home a little further, check out this list of common salon chemicals below. You wouldn’t want any of these to come into contact with your skin, right?

  • Lead Acetate: May cause cancer and reproductive issues.
  • 4-ABP: Has been linked to bladder cancer and non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma.
  • Phenylenediamine: Toxic to immune system, nervous system, respiratory system, skin, liver, and kidneys.
  • Resorcinol: Skin and eye irritant. May be linked to hypothyroidism and autism in unborn babies.
  • Ammonia: Skin and eye irritant. May cause respiratory system issues, asthma, and difficulty breathing.
  • Persulfates: Skin irritant. May cause asthma and lung damage.
  • Hydrogen Peroxide: May be toxic to nervous system, respiratory system, and digestive system.

But wait, there’s more. Nitrile gloves provide even greater chemical resistance than latex and are handy if latex allergy is a concern for you or your client. However, as mentioned in a previous post:

1) Always refer to a chemical resistance guide to ensure the best glove match for your specific needs.

2) Use latex gloves if you’re a nail specialist, as nitrile has poor chemical resistance to acetone.

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