Truth about HEMA in gel nail products

When it comes to nail products, there’s a lot of talk about HEMA. It’s short for Hydroxyethyl Methacrylate, a common ingredient in many nail gels and polishes for its strong sticking power. HEMA is a monomer that creates superior adhesion and durability in nail products. So, technically, it’s a great ingredient for making your clients happy - they will enjoy long lasting gel overlays. Most of the gel polishes contain HEMA to make sure they last well. 

But there’s also some worry about it being an allergen, which can cause reactions in some people. Let's clear up the confusion and talk about how to use HEMA safely in your nail routine.

First off, HEMA isn't automatically bad. The trick is in how it's used.

Rule Number One is - never apply product with Hema directly to the nail plate. Always use Hema-free base coat first. 

If you apply a gel polish that has HEMA in it over a base coat that doesn't contain HEMA, you're in the clear. This is because the base coat acts like a safety layer between your nail and the HEMA, helping to avoid any allergic reactions.

However, this rule won’t work without Rule Number Two - make sure products with Hema don’t touch the skin.

Yes, even a slight mess in application with further wiping gel polish of the skin with a wooden stick or edge of your nail can cause a reaction. I know it’s easier to be said than to be done, but application needs to be super neat and nail product with HEMA should never touch your skin. This keeps your clients’ skin safe from potential allergies.

Now, let's talk about those "builder in a bottle" products. Some of these have HEMA too. Just like with gel polish, you shouldn't put them directly on your nail. Always start with a base coat that doesn’t have HEMA to keep things safe.

To wrap it up, HEMA can be part of a nail beauty routine without causing problems—if it’s used the right way. Always use a protective base coat, keep it off your skin, and you can enjoy your beautiful nails without worry. Keep these tips in mind, and you'll get all the benefits of your nail products, with none of the downsides.

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