Many professions require the usage of gloves while they work, barbers and stylists are among those professionals. Not everyone working in this field wears them though; you can say it is a personal preference. If you ask around there are arguments for and against wearing gloves.
According to some barbers or stylists they do not wear gloves because they consider gloves uncomfortable to wear, especially for extended periods of time. They can make your hands sweaty and make it hard to grip the clippers.
Here are some reasonable points on why it’s important for barbers and stylist to wear gloves:
- Gloves are sanitary and good for everyone’s overall hygiene.
- Wearing gloves helps to protect you and your clients from any possible blood contact, especially during razor cuts.
- Gloves will prevent client’s hair from getting under your nails and will protect you from getting painful hair splinters.
- Gloves will also keep your hands from getting stained while you’re applying color to client’s hair.
Latex, Vinyl or Nitrile?
There are three different types of gloves on the market to choose from; Nitrile, Latex, and Vinyl. How do you know which one is best for you to use? Let’s take a look at each one and its advantages and disadvantages so you can make an informed decision.
Latex Gloves are made of rubber, which is a natural substance. They have a high level of touch sensitivity because they are elastic and fit very well. Since they are lightly powdered, they are easy to put on. They tend to be comfortable to wear for long periods of time, and latex gloves are relatively inexpensive. They are strong and effective for wearing in high-risk situations, and they are also biodegradable.
They sound ideal, but there is a huge drawback to using Latex gloves. Many people have an allergy to latex. Your client might not even realize they have an allergy until you wear them while working on them and they have a reaction.
Another alternative is the Vinyl Gloves. These gloves are very economical; vinyl gloves are popular for wearing in the food industry and not for hazardous materials. Like latex, they are lightly powdered and easy to put on. These are not practical to wear as a barber or stylist for several reasons. One problem is that the fit is loose and so working with hair would be almost impossible. They are mostly good for wearing for short-term and when protection is less important.
Nitrile gloves are made from synthetic rubber and often referred to as “medical grade.” Nitrile gloves mold to your hand for a superior fit and they are comfortable for wearing for extended periods of time. They will protect you and your client from puncture resistance better than any other type of glove. Available in different colors, like blue or black, you can easily see if they happen to get a puncture in them. Nitrile is perfect for use with color and perms as they are resistant to most chemicals. The shelf life of Nitrile gloves is long, and there is no worry about allergies.
With Nitrile gloves being so comfortable, the glove trend seems to be a tendency that not only protects the professional but the client. Wearing gloves might not just be for style purposes but a shop necessity.
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