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5 Questions to Ask When Choosing the Right Disinfectant for Your Salon

Disinfection is crucial for salon safety, but with so many products available, how can you choose the best one?

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Week 5 Social Media Post: Marketing Buzz Words

Urge clients to be smart about marketing claims. After all, everything is a chemical!

My Other Life: Stella Sampson, Chemical Engineer

Just 26 years old, nail tech Stella Sampson has been working for a cosmetics company since early 2015, after studying chemical engineering at the National Technical University of Athens for five-and-a-half years.

Secret Ingredient: Nail Polish

From tosylamide/formaldehyde resin to stearalkonium bentonite, ingredient names can sound more like a top secret formula for NASA than a recipe for regular old nail polish. Each of these ingredients, however, has a purpose and plays a part in the overall performance of the polish.

Are You Risking Your Health?

Sometimes it can be hard to separate fact from fiction when it comes to potential hazards associated with work in the nail industry. With persuasive voices on both sides of the issue, we wondered how many of you feel you are jeopardizing your health by working in the salon.

Pregnancy and the Nail Tech

As a nail tech, you spend a large part of the day surrounded by chemicals. Now that you’re pregnant, is there anything that needs to change?

Chemicals Most Wanted: Bad Rap or Due Justice?

We’ve all heard of them by now. The big three: formaldehyde, toluene, and dibutyl phthalate (aka DBP). But what exactly are these chemicals and why have they been systematically eliminated from cosmetics?

Non-Profit Groups Looking Into Toxicity of Salon Chemicals

The Environmental Protection Agency has awarded two Seattle non-profit groups $100,000 to help nail salons become more conscious of the toxicity of some of the chemicals used during business.

California Governor Signs Nation’s First Law on Chemicals in Cosmetics

Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger has signed a bill that will require cosmetics manufacturers to disclose which of their products contain chemicals linked to cancer, reproductive harm, or developmental toxicity.

California Assembly Passes Safe Cosmetics Bill

The California Assembly passed the California Safe Cosmetics Act of 2005 (SB 484). Now only Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger needs to sign the bill for it to become law.