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Something to Talk About: Three-Free Polishes

Clients gather information from a wide range of sources, and it’s likely at some point they’ll want to know the polish you use is “three-free.” Build trust by recognizing — and relieving — their concerns.

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San Francisco Passes Healthy Nail Salon Recognition Ordinance

In October, the San Francisco Board of Supervisors’ Public Safety Committee passed the Healthy Nail Salon Recognition ordinance at the urging of advocacy groups California Healthy Nail Salon Collaborative, Environment California, and Asian Law Caucus.

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?

The Nail Doctor

The Nail Doctor on allergic reactions to formaldehyde, treating fungal infections, and curing psoriasis. 

The Lab Reports Panel Answers Your Technical Questions

First question is: Is it okay to clean your brush in acetone instead of monomer, or soak it in acetone if build-up is present?

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The Nail Doctor: Onycholysis, or Nail Separation, Has Different Varieties

One of the most common conditions that affects the nail is onycholysis, which is the separation of the nail plate from the nail bed. Onycholysis occurs as a result of or along with a great variety of nail traumas and disorders. Probably the most common cause of onycholysis is a fungal infection of the nail.

Professional Consumer Rate Consumer Polishes

As you might expect, price was not the determining factor in quality.

Should You Switch to Formaldehyde-Free Nail Products?

Several years ago nail technicians expressed concern about the use of formaldehyde in nail polish and nail treatments because it is a know skin irritant and some people are allergic to it. However, I suspect that less than 1/10,000 of human exposure to formaldehyde comes from nail products.

Today’s Wonder Top Coats to the Rescue

Can today’s chemically enriched, specially formulated top coats do more than provide a hard, glossy finish?