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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  

California Assembly Passes Safe Cosmetics Bill

September 22, 2005  | News

The California Assembly passed the California Safe Cosmetics Act of 2005 (SB 484). Now only Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger needs to sign the bill for it to become law.

Keywords: California state regulations   chemicals   legislation   state licensing  

Shedding Light on Psoriasis

September 1, 2005  | Article

Although this skin condition cannot be cured, there are ways to keep it under control. Keeping hands, feet, and nails well moisturized and well groomed can help alleviate the itchiness and scaliness associated with psoriasis.

Keywords: client health   dry skin   health   psoriasis   skin diseases  

Nail File Disinfection Comes Clean

April 1, 2005  | Article

Should nail files be disinfected or tossed after one use? That’s been a hotly debated subject for some time. A group of scientific and nail industry experts may finally have the answer.

Keywords: file disinfection   health   implement disinfection   infection   nail files  

Nail Strengtheners: What’s in the Bottle?

February 1, 2004  | Article

One of the best-selling retail items in most salons, nail strengtheners remain a bit of a mystery to clients and nail techs alike. Here we tell you how the different types of strengtheners work and when you should use them.

Keywords: brittle nails   nail dehydration   nail strengtheners  

The Gel Menagerie

March 1, 2003  | Article

With the new technology being applied to gels there is a good range of options for techs looking to create pink-and- whites, correct damaged or misshapen nails, add shine and protection to natural nails or acrylic enhancements, or give a client durable and long-wearing nail color. The main thing to keep in mind when dealing with various forms of gel is that the primary difference between them is the viscosity.

Keywords: enhancements   gels   monomer  

What You Don’t Know Can Hurt You

December 1, 2001  | Article

A jury in Roanoke, Va., didn’t cane that the owners of a nail salon said they didn’t know they were using MMA and slapped them with a $150,000 judgment. If a “reasonable” nail tech would do it, you’d better be doing it too, or you could be held liable.

Keywords: California   client health   client waivers   lawsuits   legalities  

The Science of Aromatherapy

August 1, 2001  | Article

The most powerful component in aromatherapy – and the one least understood or acknowledged – is the direct role our sense of smell has on our bodies. Why does ylang-ylang relax and rosemary stimulate? Why do some nail techs become immune to the smell of acrylic? It’s all about smell, memory, and the scientific magic that connects the two.

Keywords: aromatherapy   essential oils   sense of smell  

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