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Secret Ingredient: Argan Oil

April 1, 2010  | Article

Fair-trade cooperatives in Morocco benefiting women have made the oil skyrocket in popularity — it’s not just good for users, it’s now also beneficial for local harvesters.

Keywords: argan oil   ingredients   Secret Ingredient  

Secret Ingredient: Azulene/Chamomile

March 1, 2010  | Article

Chamomile has been used for centuries in Europe as a popular herbal treatment for numerous ailments, and chamomile tea is said to have mildly sedating effects.

Keywords: ingredients   Secret Ingredient  

On My Mind: Fear Factor Doesn't Fly With Us

February 1, 2010  | Article

Risé Carter of NSI, Doug Schoon of CND, Paul Bryson of OPI, and numerous other manufacturers and nail techs have sent letters to Dr. Oz. I encourage you to do the same. Go watch the video and then click on the Contact Us link at the bottom of the page.

Keywords: acetone/removal products   chemical safety   Doug Schoon   industry research   nail biting  

Chemicals Most Wanted: Bad Rap or Due Justice?

October 1, 2009  | Article

We’ve all heard of them by now. The big three: formaldehyde, toluene, and dibutyl phthalate (aka DBP). But what exactly are these chemicals and why have they been systematically eliminated from cosmetics?

Keywords: chemicals   dibutyl phthalate (DBP)   formaldehyde   ingredients   toluene  

The ABCs and Zs of SPF, UVA, and UVB

August 1, 2009  | Article

It’s tanning season, which means it’s time to educate clients on how to protect themselves from sun damage. Most people know that SPF stands for sun protection factor and that few users apply enough sunblock to do the trick. What you might not know is that the SPF pertains only to UVB rays.

Keywords: SPF   tanning   UV lights  

The Chemistry of Acrylics

July 1, 2009  | Article

Creating the perfect set of acrylics could be considered an art, but the foundation behind it is found in the science. NAILS breaks down the chemistry behind liquid-and-powder in laymen's terms.

Keywords: acetone/removal products   acrylics   CND   Doug Schoon   liquid-to-powder ratio  

The Three Greatest Challenges Facing the Nail Business

February 1, 2009  | Article

From lack of training to sanitation lapses to treating medical conditions, it’s time for nail techs to come together and raise standards in these all-important areas. Industry chemist Doug Schoon discusses what he sees as the three greatest challenges facing our business and what we can do — as an industry — to face them.

Keywords: business tools   CND   disinfection   keeping your business competitive  

INTA Appoints Doug Schoon as Chief Scientific Advisor

September 15, 2008  | News

The International Nail Technicians (INTA) has appointed of Doug Schoon to serve as its chief scientific advisor.

Keywords: associations   Doug Schoon   International Nail Technicians Association   nail chemistry  

Use Cuticle Removers With Care

September 1, 2008  | Article

Cuticle remover must be rinsed off thoroughly or it could weaken the nail plate.

Keywords: cuticle remover   Doug Schoon  

What Is Eczema?

August 1, 2008  | Article

Eczema is a chronic skin condition that is characterized by red, itchy, swollen rashes on the skin.

Keywords: client health   eczema   nail diseases   skin care   skin conditions  

UV Light Cured Gel: How It Works

August 1, 2008  | Article

We’re all thankful for our UV light-cured gels. But do you know the science behind the curing process?

Keywords: gels   UV lights  

The Truth About Hormones and Nails

July 1, 2008  | Article

There’s a theory floating around that suggests hormones can wreak havoc on nails, causing the product to lift and nails to “fall off .” Is there any truth to the tale or are the affects of hormones the stuff of urban legends?

Keywords: applying enhancements to unhealthy nails   brittle nails   Doug Schoon   effects of medications on nails   hormones  

What Is Onycholysis?

July 1, 2008  | Article

Onycholysis is when the nail separates from the nail bed. It’s a very common condition, and one that, if treated quickly, poses no danger to clients.

Keywords: applying enhancements to unhealthy nails   fungal infections   nail diseases   nail separation   onycholysis  

Rate of Nail Growth Varies

June 1, 2008  | Article

Although nails are constantly growing, different factors affect how fast.

Keywords: nail biting   nail growth  

Polish College: The Basics

June 1, 2008  | Article

An introduction to common nail polish ingredients.

Keywords: dibutyl phthalate (DBP)   ingredients   mica   pigments   Polish  

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