SALON SAFETY AND SANITATION
The health of your nails is as important to your nail technician as their beauty. I pride myself on my dedication to providing clients with the peace of mind that comes with knowing they will not be exposed to infectious diseases, bacteria, fungi, or other contagions that can easily be avoided by simply following the State Board regulations for salon safety and sanitation.
That’s why I ask each client to wash their hands with soap and water before beginning any service and make sure that all implements are Sanitized and Disinfected after each use using a state approved, hospital grade, EPA registered disinfectant.
After sanitation and disinfection, all implements are stored in a sealed, dust-free container to prevent contamination.
The files and buffers I use are sanitizable and disinfectable. After sanitation and disinfection all files and buffers are stored in a separate sealed, dust-free container to prevent contamination.
NO MMA, EVER!
I use only top quality, professional products which have been approved for the manner in which they are used. I do not use products that contain MMA (Methyl Methacrylate Monomer).
Methyl Methacrylate or MMA originated in the dental industry for making crowns and bridges. It is also used as bone cement by orthopedic surgeons during joint replacement procedures, in some flooring products, resins, and Plexiglas.
This chemical was not designed to come in contact with skin or nails. Did you ever have to wait for a permanent crown to be made in a lab? The reason for this is that MMA, while in a liquid state, should be used in a controlled laboratory environment by properly trained technicians. MMA is not dangerous when it has hardened.
In the late 1960s and 70′s, some nail technicians began using MMA for acrylic nail services because it was much less expensive than the safer alternative, 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, and in 1974 took action against a manufacturer for doing so.
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. Several salons charge premium prices to expose their clients to this dangerous chemical.
MMA is not recommended for use in acrylic nail products because it is much too hard, and can tear the nail off the finger easily. It is also solvent resistant, which makes it very difficult to remove. It takes a long time to remove MMA when soaking in acetone.
Many technicians damage the nail plate when prepping for MMA, since that product needs grooves in the nail in order to stick well.
A technician should always protect and preserve the natural nail under any enhancement product. And, finally, MMA should not be used in nail products because the FDA has determined that it is not safe for that purpose.
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 me) 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.
HOW YOU CAN HELP
I often hear horror stories about other salons and then get asked why those sub-standard salons are allowed to stay in business.
Unfortunately, the state does not have the manpower or the funding 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 Department of Consumer Affairs of salons and salon workers who may be putting the public in danger.
For more information about salon health and safety issues in Utah, or to report a salon or individual for negligence, incompetence, or suspected use of illegal implements or substances please contact the Utah Cosmetology / Barbering Program at:
Board of Cosmetology
160 East, 300 South
Salt Lake City, UT 84145-0805
P.O. Box 45805
Or ask me for a copy of the state complaint form.
Or visit the website:
(Complaints can be registered by email at their site.)
Help keep salons safe.