SAFETY with gel polish..and a sneek peak of what's been happening behind the scenes at Kraken's Nails

 Before using Gel Polish of any sort, you should take the time in learning and understand the chemicals that is used to create it and what safety measures you need in place to prevent any reactions, irritation and allergies.

Let's talk about HEMA

What is it? 

HEMA is the # 1 allergen product in nail

products and cosmetics.

Commonly known as 2-hydroxyethyl methacrylate or hydroxyethyl methacrylate, these are monomers which are used to polymerise UV gels. The molecular size of HEMA is however much smaller and can be more easily absorbed into the skin.

So lets look at other chemicals that are questionable in gel polishes. You won't find these in Kraken's Nails Gels.

Formaldehyde is used as a preservative in cosmetics. A known carcinogen that is also linked to asthma, neurotoxicity, and developmental toxicity.

Toluene is a solvent used in polish to help it dry quickly; the health concerns associated with excessive exposure to this ingredient may include nervous system impairment and immune, kidney, liver, and reproductive effects.

Phthalates (DBP, DEHP, DEP and others): A class of plasticizing chemicals used to make products more pliable. Phthalates disrupt the endocrine system and may cause birth defects. is a respiratory irritant, which poses the most hazard to nail technicians who may become exposed to large amounts.

Camphor is a fragrant resin still included in many nail products, but it can cause headaches, nausea and dizziness in high amounts.

Formaldehyde resin can release formaldehyde; the short-term effects of formaldehyde exposure include respiratory and skin irritation. Long-term exposure is suspected to cause cancer.

Ethyl tosylamide is banned from use in cosmetics by the European Commission but is still used in the United States. This ingredient is suspected of causing developmental and reproductive toxicity and has strong antibiotic properties.

Xylene, when exposed to high concentrations in the air, can cause central nervous system depression and headaches.

Parabens are a common preservative but are a suspected endocrine disruptor.

TPHP (Triphenyl phosphate) is a plasticizer, as well as a fire retardant, and studies have linked it to changes in normal hormone function.

you dont want these in your gel polish and on your nails and skin.

At Kraken's Nails, we are vegan and cruelty free. So our gel polish range will be also! Ooops...secret is out..

Yes! We are bringing you a gel polish range starting with Base It, Press It, Top It, Matte It, Glue It.

We are so excited to be able to bring you an absolutely beautiful formula that is HEMA FREE, VEGAN AND CRUELTY FREE...what?! 

YES! we have been working so hard behind the scenes in finding a manufacturer to support our beliefs and a formula that is safe to use. Please ensure you follow curing processes to ensure the product is set correctly via a correct lamp of 48 watts and above and curing for 2 minutes in UV and 60 seconds in LED lights. We have a perfect 80w UV/LED lamp and a 96w UV/LED lamp for curing our gel polish range.

All gels must be used carefully and you must follow safety measures to reduce risk of allergy, irritation and reactions.

Please make sure you don't get your gels on your skin or your client's skin. If you do, clean immediately with water or an alcohol swab. Keep an eye on any changes, seek medical attention if needed.