1. Keeping Your Clients Educated
The Dangers of Methyl Methacrylate
Recently, increasing problems
with the use of methyl methacrylate.
(MMA) in the nail industry has caused numerous problems for acrylic nail
wearers. Many “discount” nail
salons are using MMA instead of acrylic liquid to cut down on costs, (MMA is
approximately $180 cheaper per gallon than acrylic liquid.)
This is why so many "discount" nail salons can charge such low prices.
The FDA has issued a warning to
consumers that the use of MMA In discount nail salons is on the upswing, and is
severely dangerous to unsuspecting clients. The
best way to combat the problem the problem with MMA is to recognize the warning
· Tingling or numbness of the
· Whitening of the fingers
· Damaged nail beds
· Irritated skin around the nail
· Salons using MMA will have a
markedly different smell to them than regular acrylic
Other signs may include:
· Difficulty in removing your
clients acrylic nails (The MMA acrylic combination has a much harder surface
than the pure acrylic combination.)
· Employees in the salon tend to
wear masks to avoid the poisonous chemicals MMA gives out
All of these signs may indicate that your client has been to a salon using MMA.
It is important to educate your
clients on the dangers of MMA.
A well-trained nail tech using
FDA approved products and using proper sanitation methods will not be afraid to
answer any questions asked by their clients. Keeping your clients informed and educated will not only keep them
loyal, it will keep them safe.
- Link to PDF file on this article: MMA (NOT approved) Dangers of Methyl Methacrylate
2. The Importance of Sanitation
What Your Clients Need to Know
Across the country, unsuspecting
consumers are having their nails done by unlicensed manicurists working in
unsafe nail salons. What many
consumers don't know is that they are putting themselves at risk of serious
infection and disease whenever they go to these salons.
Recent news segments focused
their attention on unsafe nail salons, showing working conditions that would
make any legitimate nail tech cringe.
Such conditions included working with dirty implements, filthy work stations,
salons with no disinfectant available, unlicensed manicurists working on
patrons, employees using illegal blades and needles as well as many other
Although State Board Inspectors
are trying to crack down on these nail salons, they can't keep up with all of
them. Many salons continue to
operate, despite numerous violations, putting their unknowing clients at risk
for infection and disease.
Without proper sanitation
methods, patrons have been known to develop serious
infections in their hands and feet.
Some infections can lead to the disfigurement or even the loss of fingers and
One news program told the story
of a customer who developed a severe infection in her foot after a razor blade
was used to remove dead skin from her heels. The infection become so severe, she had to he hospitalized and is
now in a wheelchair. Other severe cases
of infection include Staph infections, Hepatitis and even AIDS.
It is important to let your
customers know that not all nail salons operate under these conditions.
Keeping your customers educated about the rules and regulations set by
the State Board of Cosmetology will give
them an idea of what to look for in a good nail salon. Namely yours!
- Link to PDF file on this article: Sanitation Importance What Your Clients Need to Know