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Disposable nail polish brushes

A question submitted to Spas2b:

We’re wondering about disposable nail polish applicators. Why on earth are they basically non existant? We’re thinking in terms of transfering bacteria etc…..


Our Response:

Using disposable nail applicators (as with the case of disposable mascara wands) means you can’t dip back into the bottle or tube, so you also require another vessel, or you are defeating the purpose – this may be why they are difficult to find, because a “system” of some sort needs to be in place, not just a disposable brush.

My Nail Care contact told me there are no known incidences of disease spread and that to her knowledge there is nothing in the works to develop this kind of product.

Because the environment inside the nail polish bottle is not condusive to bacteria growth due to the amount of chemicals present, it is not considered a threat.  Now with the new trend of removing harmful ingredients from nail polish, this information may need to be re-addressed.

She recommends that if there is uncertainty as to the health of the nail, either don’t use the polish on the client; have them purchase the bottle once you are done; or ask them to bring their own color if you know in advance that there may be some kind of infection. With an obvious condition, we know the best option is to decline conducting the service.

As a side bar to this information however, my Infection Control advisor informed me that there are bacteria that don’t need oxygen to live, so knowing if the chemicals really do inhibit bacterial growth would be important. Sorry but I don’t have a difinitive answer for you – please continue to do your research and take normal precautions.

Leslie Lyon


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Spas2b Inc. is a full service Spa Development company, specializing in Online Spa Management Distance Learning Courses, Spa Business Manual Instant Downloads & Resources, and Spa Consulting Services.
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