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Barrier Hand Cream for Hairdressers

Melissa Marsden

While some people are DIY-ing their trim, shaving it all off, box dying, or hiding it all under a hat, some hair style needs are just meant for a professional to do. Since people have been taking matters into their own hands and trying to dry and cut their hair themselves, now the professionals have to try to correct these outrageous mistakes. With hair salons and barbers finally opening up, we can all have beautiful hair again! But it has not been easy living with overgrown roots these last few months.

The good news is that these several months have given hairdressers time to rest their hands, as hand dermatitis in hairdressers is the second most commonly occurring occupational skin disease with women.   

Why Do Hairdressers Have Skin Problems?

Hairdressers suffer from Irritant Contact Dermatitis which happens when physical or chemical damage to the barrier layer of the skin surpasses the skin's ability to repair the damage.

Here are some ways in which this happens:

  • Over hydration due to recurrent exposure to water, or sweating inside your gloves
  • Contact with shampoos and other irritating chemicals like hairsprays etc.
  • Friction from hair shafts, scissors, combs and other instruments
  • Drying the skin with the use of hair-dryers or other styling tools

As a hairdresser it is always smart to :

  • Avoid wearing any jewelry around your wrists or fingers so you can prevent any nickel allergies.
  • Always dry your hands thoroughly with a soft cotton or paper towel.
  • Use a Shielding Lotion that is proven to work, such as Gloves In A Bottle Shielding Lotion. 

Although many hairdressers may have experienced using a barrier cream, it is important to note that a shielding lotion is entirely different. Barrier creams are thick and heavy and leave an oily residue on everything you touch. They sit on the surface of your skin like petroleum jelly. On the other hand, Gloves In A Bottle is a shielding lotion that bonds with the outer layer of your skin cells, enhancing the skin’s ability to retain its natural oils and moisture and it assists the skin’s ability to protect against irritants such as, soaps, shampoos, and hair dyes. The best part is that it is designed to be cosmetically elegant making it practical to use. It is non-greasy and leaves zero residue allowing a professional to get straight back to their art. Gloves In A Bottle has been in hairdressers cabinets for years now. Let’s get your hands looking and feeling as good as you get your clients hair!

I bought this to help my wife who worked in a hair salon. She is allergic to sodium lauryl sulfates in shampoos but unfortunately had to spend the whole day with shampoo on her hands. After searching the web for help I stumbled upon their website, saw that it was easily available and ordered it. This works wonders. I don't know how it does what it does, but hands and skin are protected and heal faster with this lotion. This is now one of those products that we will always have on hand. The lotion goes on easily, spreads easily, and smells a bit of school glue. It is not greasy or sticky, and lasts for several hours. We have tried it on our hands, on our faces (small shaving cuts and the like), and things just seem to heal faster. We love love love Gloves in a Bottle.” – A. Barr

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