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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  

Survey: Vietnamese Nail Salon Workers Report Health Concerns from Workplace Chemicals

May 20, 2008  | News

According to a new survey from the Northern California Cancer Center and Asian Health Services of Oakland that specifically focused on Vietnamese nail salon workers, Vietnamese nail techs suffer from acute health effects associated with the chemicals they use in that work.

Keywords: Vietnamese salon industry   working safely  

Non-Profit Groups Looking Into Toxicity of Salon Chemicals

September 17, 2007  | News

The Environmental Protection Agency has awarded two Seattle non-profit groups $100,000 to help nail salons become more conscious of the toxicity of some of the chemicals used during business.

Keywords: chemicals   eco-conscious salons   EPA  

Going Primerless

June 1, 2006  | Article

When acrylic nail systems first became available on drugstore shelves, and statistics came out stating the number of children accidentally burned by primer — more than 500 over four years — the manufacturers noticed.

Keywords: CND   Doug Schoon   EZ Flow   Gari-Dawn Tingler   primers  

California Governor Signs Nation’s First Law on Chemicals in Cosmetics

October 19, 2005  | News

Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger has signed a bill that will require cosmetics manufacturers to disclose which of their products contain chemicals linked to cancer, reproductive harm, or developmental toxicity.

Keywords: California state regulations   chemicals   legislation   product safety  

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