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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  

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  

Product Shelf Life, Storage, and Disposal

September 1, 1997  | Article

Make most of your product investment by knowing how long product last, how to store them for optimum freshness and safety, and how to dispose of them when necessary.

Keywords: product disposal   product storage  

The MMA Controversy

September 1, 1997  | Article

The nail industry is beginning to understand the dangers of methyl methacrylate. But more nail technicians need to take action.

Keywords: chemical safety   Doug Schoon   MMA   Nail Manufacturers Council   Vietnamese salon industry  

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  

Cease Fire Between Two Fast Dry Top Coat Makers

August 1, 1997  | Article

Seche and Poshe settle their legal dispute. 

Keywords: lawsuits   Poshe   Seche   Seche Vite  

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

There may be some confusion between ethyl methacrylate (a monomer used widely in acrylic systems today) and methyl methacrylate (a monomer formerly used in acrylic systems but banned for use today).

Keywords: acrylics   EMA   MMA   product safety  

Toluene Exposure Warning Signs Mailed to California Technicians

June 1, 1995  | Article

California nail technicians recently receive a letter from a group of professional nail polish manufacturers describing what toluene, a solvent use in nail polish, is and what health effects it can have if user is overexposed.

Keywords: California state regulations   proposition 65   toluene  

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  

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