There are a lot of heated opinions about the safety of nail polish. As nail techs, we care, of course, but is this a topic that’s foremost on the minds of clients? We asked readers: Do your clients ask about polish being “three-free”? Do they seem to care about the ingredients in their polish?
I have had clients come in for their appointments and ask about different issues concerning the nail industry including the “three-free” issue. They usually have a partly correct or entirely wrong understanding of what the real issue is as a result of the news coverage of the subject. I’d say about 10% of my clients ask me about issues they see on the news. I give them the whole, long story.
Katherine Fahrig, Nails at Panache, St. Louis
My clients don’t really ask about what’s in the polish I use because they trust I will not use a questionable or dangerous product on them. The only real question I’ve been asked is whether there was red dye #5 in any of the colors that a client wanted to wear.
Kathleen M. M. Ringwood-Wood, My Nails Rock!, Poughkeepsie, N.Y.
No! They never ask and don’t seem to care. In fact, they should put the three ingredients back in and maybe polish would stay on fingernails longer.
Allison Nachman, Toetique, Old Bridge, N.J.
I tell them anyways. Even if they bring in their own polish, I educate them on the product and on the ingredients in all products used. I find they appreciate it as no one else ever takes the time to tell them.
Marie Bull, Nails by Marie, Riverside, Calif.
Here’s what I hear often: “Is this a healthy polish?” This indicates that most clients are aware of a better-choice polish.
Elsbeth Schuetz, Los Angeles