SOME NAIL SALONS ARE USING BANNED NAIL PRODUCTS ON CUSTOMERS!
Many of us look forward to a bit of pampering. The relaxing treat of just laying back while we get our nails done is a procedure that many do on a regular basis.
Nail salons are never hard to find as this popular industry is growing rapidly. This makes the competition levels high for those in the business.
With many offering great specials to entice the customers to their salons.
BUT with this – The customer can often pay a higher price than they bargained for. As we sore in our last article All I wanted was to Treat my Feet and Nails, many salons are cutting corners and NOT using adequate sanitary or safety procedures to protect the customers well being.
Leading to severe infections and in some cases, a life threatening experience for the customer.
Included in this is the illegal usage of the banned acrylic nail hardener Methyl Methacrylate.
- In most countries adequate legislation is not in place to ensure protection for the customer
- Policing of the sanitary levels is little to none
Although Methyl Methacrylate is not banned in all countries, many of the countries that allow the use of this product, have strict regulations on the dilution levels, and products this can be added to. Below you will see that many salons are not following these regulations either.
Have You Ever Noticed Staff in some Nail Salons Wearing Masks?
Nail salons have a variety of chemicals in them. Regular long term low exposure to chemicals can have life long health repercussions.
- Some salons may offer their workers masks to limit their overall long term exposure.
- While other salons may simply supply masks to workers when they are using the highly toxic, banned acrylic nail hardener Methyl Methacrylate.
- A good salon will have a ventilated table for the usage of nail harder products. These vented tables have an exhaust system that sucks the chemical fumes, down and preferably to an outside outlet. This limits the amount of toxic chemical from being breathed in – Both by the worker and the customer.
- A tell tale sign that a salon may be using a banned product – Is you will often notice product is kept in unmarked bottles or containers.
MMA is a cheaper alternative to the accepted nail hardener version Ethyl Methacrylate (EMA). Both substances are toxic.
MMA can also cause the natural nail to go black or white and in some cases disintegrate.
In countries such as Australia (in the video below) where products are allowed to contain no more than 1% methyl methacrylate, product bottles tested – showed 99% methyl methacrylate.
NOTE: Not all nail salons operate in such an unsanitary way. There are many good ones out there. Just like with anything else, it pays to shop around before choosing which nail salon to go to.
Common Effects of Methyl Methacrylate (MMA)
This cheaper priced nail hardener MMA sets much faster and adheres very strongly to the nail. More so than than other more expensive products do. The removal of MMA from the nail requires harsh, damaging filing with an electric file.
Long term exposure for workers and/or customers comes with extreme health risks. Many customers may think “Well I’m only there once a fortnight so I’ll be okay” – WRONG – Even gradual low exposures of toxic chemicals can turn into a severe problem later… More here
The effects from Methyl Methacrylate Include:
- Light headedness
- Dizzy spells
- Trembling of the hands
- Various allergic reactions
- Skin reddening
- Skin swelling
- Skin redness
- Sore and/or itchy eyes
- Respiratory problems
Should you feel that you have any of the effects above or have sores appearing since having your nails done, be sure to consult your doctor. The risks associated with unsanitary methods of many nail salons can have extreme effects.
Article written by Wen Dee:
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