Age requirement for gel?

Maymay0912

New Member
Hi all, I was wondering if legally there is an age requirement for a one time gel application? I have a client, who is requesting I do her 5yr olds nails. I have been doing my own 6 year olds gel nails occasionally with no issues. No allergies and she does not pick she waits for me to remove with gentle hand filing and then buffing. If you do little ones do you write up a release form or something to not claim liability of child develops allergy or picks off and gets thin sensitive nails? So different when it’s not your own child...
 

Noodle

Moderator
Staff member
Hi all, I was wondering if legally there is an age requirement for a one time gel application? I have a client, who is requesting I do her 5yr olds nails. I have been doing my own 6 year olds gel nails occasionally with no issues. No allergies and she does not pick she waits for me to remove with gentle hand filing and then buffing. If you do little ones do you write up a release form or something to not claim liability of child develops allergy or picks off and gets thin sensitive nails? So different when it’s not your own child...
Please through the thread linked below:

https://www.salongeek.com/threads/gel-on-5-year-old.329316/
 

Maymay0912

New Member
Thanks! I did go through that one and was hoping to hear others chime in on it. I suppose I need to now figure out a way to say no... mom is pretty persistent and says the risks are fine for them
 

inspia

Active Member
Ethically I wouldn’t, legally I wouldn’t, insurance wise I wouldn’t. No brainer.
 

Haircutz

Super Moderator
Staff member
No-one knows the long term implications for these types of chemicals, but it’s unlikely to be benevolent.
Definitely never put gel on children’s nails. You will be potentially introducing them to a lifetime of allergies and goodness knows what else...cancers etc.
 

Haircutz

Super Moderator
Staff member
... mom is pretty persistent and says the risks are fine for them
That is a dreadful attitude to have about her own child. The child isn’t the property of the parent. It’s called parental responsibility not ownership. :mad:
 

Slick Proper

New Member
I was taught not to do any artificial enhancement service on any child under 8yrs old, including gel polish. I was taught that damage from such could potentially cause permanent damage since they're still developing.
 

NancySyd

Well-Known Member
The manufacturers and the Manufacturers Association have all said that nail enhancements, including gel polish, should not be used on children. Since it would be against manufacturer's instructions, your insurance would not cover you. One can quibble about what age that might be, but certainly not under 14. And with all due respect, I would also strongly recommend that you not use gel on your own child as well (Yes, I know you didn't ask, but thought it important to say).
 

BeYourBestYou

Member
Thanks! I did go through that one and was hoping to hear others chime in on it. I suppose I need to now figure out a way to say no... mom is pretty persistent and says the risks are fine for them
Even if the mother is willing to sign a disclaimer it doesn’t cover you if anything should happen to the child. Your insurance company would expect you to follow industry standard health and safety regulations no matter what. Ultimately it’s your reputation on the line.
 

inspia

Active Member
My insurer said follow the manufactuer (age 16+), they said its down to my insurer. Either way over 16's only for me I have a conscience. Child health comes first.
 

Nailsbykiki

New Member
Hi all, I was wondering if legally there is an age requirement for a one time gel application? I have a client, who is requesting I do her 5yr olds nails. I have been doing my own 6 year olds gel nails occasionally with no issues. No allergies and she does not pick she waits for me to remove with gentle hand filing and then buffing. If you do little ones do you write up a release form or something to not claim liability of child develops allergy or picks off and gets thin sensitive nails? So different when it’s not your own child...
9 and up and also make sure u don’t do them too long then it would weigh the clients nail bed down from to cuticles and also make sure u apply nail strengthening spray before u apply a set of nails
 

ciderella71

Well-Known Member
Age 16+ for me for all services.
I think everything has already been said with the exception of the fact a child will not sit still during the service. How will she be when you’re doing cuticle work? She’s never going to follow aftercare either.
 
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