Many women indulge weekly in the act of painting their nails, mostly because they think it is pretty. In Ancient Egypt, nail polish was used as a class ranking system, with the higher class painting their nails red. Sound familiar? Red is one of the most used mani/peti colors! And in 1932, Revlon became the first established nail polish by releasing a cream color polish for women’s nails.
This doesn’t even begin to tap into the invention of acrylic nails in 1978 by a dentist or the many wraps and finishes polish comes in for women to create a put-together look that many teens leave half peeled off. Many women have been, and still are, influenced to paint their nails by Hollywood stars.
But for an average person like me, the act of painting my nails is soothing and gives my hands some much needed color to match my outfit.
However, as Diva grows, she wants her nails painted too. And this doesn’t seem like a big deal. Just paint them, right?
Depending on who you ask, painting a little girl’s nails is either adorable with said girl wanting to be like mommy, or, on the flip side, the act of making a girl grow up too fast. From the amount of little painted nails I see frequently around my home town, I would say most people are on the side of adorable and looking just like mommy.
There are other issues to this problem, however. For one, painting a toddler’s nails can be very dangerous. Here’s why:
- Traditional nail polish contains several chemicals that, if ingested, can be poisonous. Small children tend to put their hands in their mouths – frequently if you happen to be Diva.
- Toluene, a liquid used as a solvent, has the familiar smell of paint thinner – think walking beside the door to the nail salon. This particular chemical can cause skin irritation, and as we all know, small children have sensitive skin. (That’s why we buy special washing detergent for their clothes!) Prolonged and repeated exposure to Toluene can cause nervous system problems and upper respiratory problems.
- Dibutyl Phthalate (DBP) is a commonly used plasticizer. This chemical has frequently been linked to cancer and birth defects. This chemical was added to the California Proposition 65 lists of suspected teratogens, which are agents that cause malformations of an embryo.
- Fact: Use of Dibutyl Phthalate has been banned in cosmetics in Europe since 2003. Many companies in America have also chosen to no longer use this chemical, such as Johnson&Johnson and OPI.
- Formaldehyde Resin, a name many are familiar with, is used to help the polish stick. It isn’t as toxic as Formaldehyde, but it is an allergen, and again, we all know how sensitive young children can be!
- Camphor is a poison that causes seizures and disorientation. This chemical acts as a cover on your nails, depriving them of nutrients and causing that nasty yellow color that never seems to go away if you are a frequent nail painter or nail salon goer.
HOWEVER, this doesn’t mean you can’t keep you toddler in a pretty pink nail polish. Many companies now sell polishes safe for kids, but my favorite is Jamberry, mainly because I can use it too!
This company was started in 2010 by three sisters, Lyndsey, Christy, and Keri, for women to have a do-it-yourself option rather than spending precious dollars at the nail salon. They are known for their wraps, which are perfect for moms with small children, but also carry a line of toddler-safe polishes as well. Did I mention in tons of colors?!
Let’s talk Jamberry Lacquers (polish):
Many women, even those who know what Jamberry is, don’t realize that they have a 5-Free, which means the polish is free of the 5 chemicals harmful to children, and let’s face it, ourselves, formula. It goes on smoothly and seems to not be nearly as messy as other polishes I’ve tried.
Not only do I use it on myself, I use it on Diva! The Lacquers have a faster drying time. This means it dries just fast enough that my toddler doesn’t get it everywhere as she makes her escape. And it will last up to two weeks. With tons of colors, you aren’t stuck into only having a few choices. It is a little expensive however, at $15 a bottle, but OPI is that plus some. It pays to be beautiful!
I started out with Getaway and recently bought Flirt, both of which I LOVE and so does my Diva. I chose these two colors because each matches a sheet of wraps that I also own, put on myself, and put on Diva’s toenails.
What is a wrap, you ask?
To compliment that amazing polish on your fingernails, Jamberry also makes a wrap that sticks to the fingernail, but is different that the Sally Hansen stick-on nails in that these can easily be trimmed and filed to fit YOUR nail and they do not chip or crack.
I currently own a Minnie Mouse sheet:
and one titled “Free Spirit”:
The great thing about the wraps is that they easily stick to your fingers with a simple heat application using a wooden stick (orange stick) and blow dryer for a heat source. The best part: no drying time. Stick, file, go. No mess when my toddler touches them right after applying. No smudges. They stick for up to two weeks on your fingernails and 4 weeks on your toenails, unless you don’t apply them correctly. And are totally worth the $15 a sheet, which gives you at least 4 manicures.
Each wrap can be matched, layered, and paired with the lacquer as well! No more being stuck with a solid color nail. The wraps free you to many designs, as you can see with Smack! and Free Spirit. There are tons, including ones associated with sororities, football teams, and more!
These are SUPER easy to apply! Watch the video here.