Preview of Contents
1. Pregnancy and Acrylic Nails
2. Acetone Explosion
3. Death Of A Child
4. Don't Be Fooled
5. What's On My Nails
6. Test Your Nails
7. Why The Mask ?
8. Electric Files, AKA Drills, Sanders Or Grinders
9. Chemical Confusion
10. Nurses And Nails, Death In The NICU
11. To Wax Or Not To Wax
12. What Is A MSDS ?
13. Manicure Nightmares
14. Hepatitis C, From A Manicure ?
15. Allergic Reactions
16. Mold And Fungus
17. Pedicure Nightmares
18. California, Cosmetics And The Law
19. Choosing A Technician
20. Clean It Up
21. Why This? Why Now?
CHAPTER 1: Pregnancy and Acrylic Nails
In 1997 I began educating nail technicians and the public regarding chemicals used in the nail care industry. Since then one question I have been asked numerous times is, "I am pregnant; can the chemicals used to make acrylic nails harm my unborn baby?" The operative word being "CAN", the answer is yes. YES, the chemicals used to create acrylic nails "CAN" harm your unborn baby. Any answer other than "YES THEY CAN" has in my opinion, been given in complete and total dishonesty or out of plain ignorance.
The reason being, according to the Material Safety Data Sheet (MSDS) for Ethyl Methacrylate (EMA) or Methyl Methacrylate (MMA) monomer (acrylic nail liquid) over exposure to these chemicals "CAN" cause Central Nervous System Depression. The routes of entry of EMA and MMA monomer are inhalation, cutaneous absorption and ingestion (possible if food and drink are nearby)....
CHAPTER 14: Hepatitis C, From A Manicure ?
Pretend you were not feeling well or maybe it was simply time for your annual check up. You got to your appointment, your doctor says things look good but he/she wants to run a few tests just to be sure. A few days later the receptionist at the doctor's office calls you saying the doctor wants to see you back in their office. Upon meeting with the doctor, you are told you have Hepatitis C. You are shocked because you have no idea how you could have contracted it . You have no tattoos. You are not an IV drug user. You do not have multiple sexual partners, and you have never had a blood transfusion. You are at a loss, wondering how this could possibly have happened to you...