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Be a Nail Know-It-All

July 29, 2014  | Article

Did you know that nail problems make up about 10% of all dermatological conditions? It’s true, according to the American Academy of Dermatology.

Keywords: fungal infections   melanoma   nail diseases  

Chemist's Corner: Nail Cleanser

June 3, 2014  | Article

Can a nail cleanser act as a fungus preventer? NAILS spoke to a formulation chemist from Elixery to find out. 

Keywords: acetone/removal products   chemist's corner  

NAILS Editor Hannah Lee on The Today Show

May 2, 2014  | Video

NAILS editor Hannah Lee appeared on The Today Show on Friday, May 2, 2014, as the counterpoint voice to a new study that says UV nail lamp users may have an increased risk of skin cancer. Hannah pointed out that you are exposed to more UVA rays from natural sunlight walking or driving to the salon than you can in a UV lamp. Last year's study by Drs. Dowdy and Sayre is the benchmark we should all refer to.

Keywords: gel-polish   gels   Hannah Lee   media coverage   UV light safety  

Chemist’s Corner: Glitter

May 1, 2014  | Demo

Read what Jim McConnell, a chemist and the president of Light Elegance, has to say about how glitter's made and why it sparkles.

Keywords: chemist's corner   glitter   Light Elegance   product removal   Sparkles  

Does Your Acetone Pass the Test?

March 28, 2014  | Article

Wondering whether to buy your acetone at the beauty supply or the hardware store? The fact is, acetone is acetone, but some acetone contains small amounts of other impurities, says Doug Schoon, president of Schoon Scientific and co-chair of the Nail Manufacturers Council on Safety.

Keywords: acetone/removal products   Doug Schoon  

Chemist's Corner: Traditional Gel

March 18, 2014  | Demo

With so many newer gel-based inventions on the market (soft gels, gel-polish, soak-off gels), how does hard gel stand out? Director of research and development at Nubar, Dr. Norair Arkoian, and Light Elegance president Jim McConnell explain it all.

Keywords: chemist's corner   gels   Jim McConnell   Light Elegance   Nubar  

Study Reaffirms UV Lamp Safety

December 28, 2013  | Article

Supporting findings made in earlier studies, the latest independent, peer-reviewed study demonstrates that UV lamps commonly used for hardening gel-polish are safe and do not increase the risk of developing skin cancer. 

Keywords: gels   NMC   UV light safety   UV lights  

Fire Damages Nail Polish Manufacturer Warehouse in Santa Ana, Calif.

August 28, 2013  | News

Keywords: acetone/removal products   chemical safety  

Pretty Without Polish

May 20, 2013  | Article

Clients can dare to bare their natural nails with the help of Dermelect Cosmeceuticals’ Nail Recovery System.

Keywords: anti-aging   Dermelect   nail strengtheners   natural nail care   ridge filler  

Removing Yellow Nail Stains

March 8, 2013  | News

Nothing removes yellow stains from nails like a little lemon, says Self Magazine.

Keywords: client health   removal products   yellow nail syndrome   yellowing  

UV Nail Lamps Do Not Increase Skin Cancer Risk, New Study Finds

February 19, 2013  | Article

UV nail lamps do not appear to significantly increase the lifetime risk of keratinocyte carcinoma — a type of non-melanoma skin cancer — in consumers, reports a study published in the Journal of Investigative Dermatology.

Keywords: cancer   product safety   skin cancer   UV light safety   UV lights  

Learn to Be a Podiatric Assistant

January 19, 2013  | Article

The American College of Foot & Ankle Orthopedics & Medicine (ACFAOM), a medical specialty society affiliated with the American Podiatric Medical Association, recently began  partnering with Medinail Learning Center (MLC), an online training system, to offer a comprehensive training and certification program for Clinical Podiatric Medical Assistants.

Keywords: medispa services   podiatrists  

Extreme Nailing

September 30, 2012  | Article

Depending on conditions, clients’ hands and feet may be puffy, moist, and sweaty or cold, dry, and numb. A tech needs to know how to compensate for these changes so she can apply product to a consistent, stable nail surface each time.

Keywords: acrylics   cold weather promotions   effect of weather on nails   gels   polish  

Secret Ingredient: Cleansers

September 15, 2012  | Article

Cleansers are used in the nail industry to remove oils and moisture from the nail plate prior to product application. The cleanser temporarily dehydrates the nail plate so it is better able to adhere to the product about to be applied, thus helping prevent service breakdown.

Keywords: cleanser   nail prep  

Extreme Nailing

August 31, 2012  | Article

Does our environment change how we do nails? Do techs living in climates where it dips into double digits below zero work differently than techs who live where it’s nearly 100 degrees with 80% humidity?   

Keywords: acrylic troubleshooting   effect of weather on nails   gel troubleshooting   gels   nail chemistry  
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