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Secret Ingredient: Acrylic Powder

Pink, white, or colored, acrylic powder is often seen as the more important partner in a liquid-and-powder relationship. What makes it so special? Is it a secret ingredient? You may be surprised to learn what’s actually in there.

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Clocking in at Record Speed

VB Cosmetics' Dazzle Dry Quick Dry Nail Polish System can dry up to 75% faster than many other polishes.

Easing the Transition to EMA

Anyone who has ever tried to remove MMA from a new client’s nails knows the bond is tough to break. It might be more difficult to deal with clients emotional attachment to their nails.

Council Issues Final Ruling On Ethyl Methacrylate

The Safety and Standards Committee of the Nail Manufacturers Council (NMC) has issued its final report on ethyl methacrylate (EMA), the chemical most common in acrylic monomers.

CIR Re-Examines Ethyl Methacrylate/ Methacrylate Acid

Editor's note: 1997: A Year of Controversy

his year, state boards took a beating, especially in California. Several other states scrutinized whether they even need licensing at all.

All the News That's Fit to Print [Understanding EMA Safety Issues]

I have learned one thing about nail technicians: They want the truth about the products they use and they can tell when they're getting it.

As I See It: FDA and NMC Denounce MMA Use

Whether you call it “dental acrylic,” “porcelain,” or methyl methacrylate (its proper name), there should be no question any longer that MMA does not belong on human fingernails.

Rumors of the Demise of Acrylic Are Greatly Exaggerated

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).

The New Odorless: Manufacturers Respond to Environmental Concerns

esigned expressly to alleviate unpleasant fumes that often accompany sculptured nail application, these systems could ultimately replace more conventional, high-odor systems almost completely, according to some manufacturers, contributing to a more pleasant salon work environment.