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Do Hormones Cause Artificial Nails to Lift?

September 1, 1998  | Article

Though doctors cite a lack of scientific evidence that hormones influence product lifting, some nail technicians say their clients’ experiences provide all the proof they need.

Keywords: client health   Doug Schoon   effects of medications on nails   eponychium   hormones  

New MMA Testing Kit Available

August 1, 1998  | Article

OPI makes it easier to find out whether your acrylics contain MMA with a salon kit.

Keywords: MMA   OPI Products  

Just My Opinion: You Don’t Need MMA to Run Your Business

May 1, 1998  | Article

We may spend a lot of time working on our anti-MMA crusade, we also need to stay focused on being the best we can be, and providing the best possible service to our clients.

NIOSH Studies EMA

November 1, 1997  | Article

Artificial nail products are composed of various chemicals. The main ingredient for most artificial nail products is ethyl methacrylate (KMA). In 1974 the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) banned a similar chemical, methyl methacrylate (MMA), for use in nail products because of its harmful effects during application. Despite the FDA ban, MMA is still found in trace amounts in some products.

Keywords: chemical safety   ventilation   work-related injuries  

Gel Formation

September 1, 1997  | Article

Gels are highly sensitive and tricky to produce. Keeping strict control over temperature and environment is critical for product quality.

Keywords: gels   how products are made   ingredients  

Inside A UV Light

August 1, 1997  | Article

Thanks to technology old heavy UV lamps have given way to today's sleek and quick models. Their production is subjected to rigorous quality control.

Keywords: gels   how products are made   UV lights  

How Nail Art Products Are Made

May 1, 1997  | Article

How much can there be to manufacturing a tiny nail decal or a thin sliver of striping tape? Take a look—you’ll be surprised.

Keywords: how products are made   nail art   nail art supplies  

Alpha Hydroxy Acids Can Save Time In Cuticle Care Services

July 1, 1995  | Article

Alpha hydroxy acids are in all kinds of skin care products, but what can they do for nail care? NAILS found out.

Keywords: cuticle treatments  

Rumors of the Demise of Acrylic Are Greatly Exaggerated

July 1, 1995  | Article

Keywords: acrylics   EMA   MMA   product safety  

Top Coats: The Crowning Glory

May 1, 1995  | Article

Nail technician want to dry polish fast, showcase it with a glossy shine, and preserve it with a durable finish. Can a top coat do all this?

Keywords: CND   fast dry top coats   how products are made   NSI   OPI Products  

The Cuticle: The Nail's Front Line Against Infection

December 1, 1994  | Article

The cuticle is more delicate and more important to healthy nails and fingers than previously thought.

Keywords: cuticles  

Is There Nail Care After Death?

September 1, 1994  | Article

The Truth About Toluene

July 1, 1994  | Article

Despite years of legal wrangling and the instigation of new scientific studies, the safety risk of toluene is not yet clear. NAILS talks to the parties involved in the lawsuit about this important industry issue.

Keywords: toluene  

Consumer Group Sues Polish Manufacturers Over Warning Labels

July 1, 1993  | Article

A California court must decide whether toluene in nail polish poses a sufficient health hazard to consumers and nail technicians to require warning labels.

Keywords: Nail Manufacturers Council   polish   toluene  

Editor's note: Toluene Controversy: Fair Or Foul?

July 1, 1993  | Article

Keywords: ingredients   polish   toluene  

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