News & Features

26 March 2015



Katie-Barnes-headshotAs a technician there are certain old wives’ tales you’ll hear again and again, and we bet you’re sick to the back teeth of them.

We caught up with seasoned technician Katie Barnes to bust some of the most common myths when it comes to nails, so next time your clients ask if their nails need to breathe you can set the record straight once and for all.

Do nails need to breathe?

“Nails are made up of several layers of dead, compacted cells and do not have the ability to absorb oxygen into the nail plate,” comments Katie. “All the nutrients that the nail needs are absorbed into the bloodstream.”

Can UV lamps cause cancer?

“It has been scientifically proven that a typical service requiring a UV lap would equate to approximately an additional 17-26 seconds of UVB and 1,5 – 2.7 minutes of UVA per day,” Katie explains. “Clients would be exposed to more sunlight driving their car or walking along the road than from nail services requiring a UV lamp.”

Does keeping polish in the fridge make it last longer?

“Although the cooler temperature will slow the thickening process of the polish, the best way to keep polish at its optimum is to ensure you clean and securely tighten the lid between treatments to prevent the solvents from evaporating,” Katie shares.

Turn to page 134 of the March issue of Scratch to read more of they myths busted by Katie.