Philadelphia News10 NBC
Feb. 8, 2000
10 Consumer Alert: Manicures could be dangerous
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News 10 Consumer Alert: There’s a warning about a chemical used to beautify
your nails that could be dangerous. If you get your nails done by a manicurist
at a salon you should ask if the acrylic treatment contains the chemical MMA.
News 10 National Correspondent Beverly White explains the possible risk.
OF WOMEN rely on acrylic treatments at salons to make their nails long and
strong. Many do it without questioning the chemicals behind the process. But
experts say smart customers need to make sure their manicurist is not using MMA
or Methyl methacrylate.
It can result in damage to the natural nail plate.
It adheres in such a way that when someone comes into
contact with something or some trauma associated with the nail, the natural nail
can break off as well as the artificial nail.
MMA mixes with powder to form a rigid acrylic nail.
Years ago, it was pronounced poisonous by the FDA. But the MMA is still used in
discount salons because it’s cheaper than the safe counterpart known as EMA.
“I use the EMA because I’m a professional,” said
Paula Nissen, a manicurist. “I’m about fifteen dollars more, but it’s
worth it as far as your health is concerned.”
Customers and product experts agree that no one need
suffer for a perfect set of nails.
“For quality nails, you’re gonna have to pay a
little bit more money, not a lot, but a little more for the quality that you
wouldn’t get if you were worried about price only,” said Debbie
Adler-Meyers, a customer.
We want to be sure people can come into a salon and be
comfortable and have a good experience,” said Eric Schwartz, of Opi Products.
“If they have a bad experience with MMA they’re not gonna come back.”
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only because there is no direct link to this !! and I'm afraid they will move it..