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Nail File Disinfection Comes Clean

May 1, 2003  | 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: health   implement disinfection   nail files  

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   lawsuits   legalities   MMA  

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  

Tea Tree Oil Connection?

July 1, 2001  | Article

This essential oil — a natural antifungal that hails from the Land Down Under — seems to be showing up in everything from pedicure products to hand cream. What can this product do for your clients and why is it being hailed as the next miracle of nature?

Keywords: antifungals   Australia   fungus treatments   Orly   tea tree oil  

The Life of a Bottle of Polish, from Manufacturer to Your Salon

February 1, 2000  | Article

Over the years NAILS has examined the chemistry of polish and its ingredients, how colors are chosen, and even how polish is bottled. Here we cover it all—the life of a bottle of polish beginning to end.

Keywords: how products are made   ingredients   Nailco   OPI Products   Orly  

CIR Approves EMA Use in Monomers

October 1, 1999  | Article

Not to be confused with MMA, EMA has been deemed safe for professional use and consumer contact.

Essentials FACTS about Aromatherapy

April 1, 1999  | Article

No doubt, adding aromatherapy to your services can greatly benefit clients, but beware that the use of certain essential oils can also cause harm. With almost 50 million Americans suffering from allergies, adverse reactions to aromatherapy are far from rare.

Keywords: aromatherapy   essential oils  

Patent Advice - How to Get a Patent for Your Invention

December 1, 1998  | Article

The patent process may be cumbersome, but it protects an invention and paves the way for compensation for your hard work.

Keywords: nail tech inventions   patents  

States Begin to Tackle MMA

September 1, 1998  | Article

Keywords: MMA  

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   effect of menopause on nails   effects of medications on nails   eponychium  

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.

Salon Owners Take Aim Against MMA Use

February 1, 1998  | Article

Fed up with nails damaged by the use of MMA, 40 salon owners launch a grassroots campaign to educate consumers.

Keywords: MMA   Renee Borowy  


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  

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