We only use top quality, professional products which have been approved for the manner in which they are used. We do not use products that contain MMA (methyl methacrylate monomer). MMA is a hazardous and unhealthful chemical present in some acrylic liquids that has been declared a "poisonous and deleterious substance" by the FDA and is considered unfit for use in fingernail products. Several salons in the area are using products containing MMA-- often called "porcelain" or "porcelain/acrylic" nails. Don't be fooled by thinking that price will determine quality either.
MMA is most commonly responsible for allergic reactions to acrylics. It can also cause damage to the nervous system and respiratory system, as well as birth defects.
MMA bonds to the natural nail stronger than the natural nail bonds to the finger. If an MMA nail is hit hard enough, it may break below the free edge and rip the natural nail OFF OF THE FINGER. There have been documented cases where this has happened and the wound has become infected to the point that amputation was necessary!
Please, make sure your nail technician (if not one of us) knows about this dangerous chemical and can provide you with a copy of the MSDS for her product to show that it does not contain MMA.
We often hear horror stories about other salons, then we get asked why those sub-standard salons are allowed to stay in business.
Unfortunately, the state does not have the manpower necessary to properly regulate our industry. And poor work practices are often not evident during a standard inspection. The state relies on YOU, the consumer, to inform them when a salon or individual is working below the acceptable standards for the industry. That is why it is important to inform the Ohio State Board of Cosmetology of salons and salon workers who may be putting the public in danger.
For more information about salon health and safety issues in Ohio, or to report a salon or individual for negligence, incompetence, or suspected use of illegal implements or substances please contact the Ohio State Board Of Cosmetology
OHIO State Board of Cosmetology
101 Southland Mall
Columbus, OH 43207-4041