Nail Polish Ingredients Explained

It seems that nowadays everyone is very cautious about what products they are using based o the ingredients. The more they know, the more comfortable they are with using a product. I recently came across an article in NailPro Magazine explaining what the main ingredients are in nail polishes. As a salon owner, having this knowledge will help when answering client questions about what is actually in that little bottle.

So here’s a breakdown of some of the main ingredients:

  • Resin –> Nitrocellulose (that9s a film-forming resin) or anything with the words polymer, copolymer, or resin.
    • Basically this is what hold the polish together. Nail polish traditionally requires two types of resin: film-forming and adhesive. The film-forming resin gives the dried polish a shiny texture, while the adhesive polymer adds flexibility, so it is less brittle.
  • Solvent –> Ethyl acetate, butyl acetate, propyl acetate, and isopropyl acetate.
    • This ingredient is what makes the polish easy to apply and spread evenly, as well as helps the polish dry quicker.
  • Dispersants –> Stearalkonium hectorite, stearalkonium bentonite.
    • Additives that help mix pigments with the resin and solvent. This slows the process of settling and separation in the bottle.
  • UV Stabilizers –>Benzophenone, often followed by a dash and the number one.
    • This will prevent sunlight from changing the color or fading the polish.
  • Plasticizers –>Trimethyl pentanyl diisobutyrate, triphenyl phosphate, camphor, and ethyl tosylamide
    • This causes the manicures to last longer by keeping the resin flexible once it is dry.
  • Dyes and Pigments –>“CL” followed by numbers on the label; that9s the index number for the color used.
    • Makes up the color that is chosen by the client.
  • Micas –> Mica
    • This is the ingredient that adds shimmer to the polish.

The more knowledge you have about your products, the more your clients will trust you and keep coming back.

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Show Off Your Dips!

The dipping powder trend is still going strong among clients across the globe. How are you displaying all of the different color options?


The Fenna Dip Powder Display Center by HANS Equipment is just the thing to show your clients all the amazing options you have for them! Featuring a beautifully streamlined wood grain and accented with timeless gray-speckled marble, this center will help keep your salon in style and organized
It has a rotating tower that holds up to 480 powder bottles and a lockable cabinet at the bottom to keep back up, retail items and more!

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