May 1, 2003
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 infection nail files
March 1, 2003
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
December 1, 2001
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
August 1, 2001
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
July 1, 2001
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 Dr. Ivar Roth fungus treatments Orly
February 1, 2000
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
October 1, 1999
Not to be confused with MMA, EMA has been deemed safe for professional use and consumer contact.
April 1, 1999
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 special ingredients
December 1, 1998
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
September 1, 1998
September 1, 1998
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
August 1, 1998
OPI makes it easier to find out whether your acrylics contain MMA with a salon kit.
Keywords: MMA OPI Products
May 1, 1998
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.
February 1, 1998
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
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