Dust. It’s everywhere. Nowhere is this more evident than in your nail salon. The best way to control dust in a salon is with a professional source capture ventilation system designed to collect and remove dust particles from the air or to ventilate them to the outdoors. With these systems in place, dust is collected at the source and removed from the salon air before it can spread throughout the building, pollute the air, and end up in the last place you want it, your lungs.
In addition to source capture ventilation technology in your salon, wearing a high quality, properly fitted dust mask greatly reduces exposure to nail dust inhalation. Choosing a mask specifically designed for dusts, mists and molds is very important. These types of masks are vastly superior to the flimsy and ineffective surgical type masks that some nail techs use today. Dust masks rated “N-95” are highly effective and a great choice for dusts.
Check out the video below to see what salon industry expert Doug Schoon has to say about keeping your salon dust levels to a safe level.
Dangers of Electric Filing the Natural Nail
For the first time in 70 years the United States House of Representatives has taken steps to regulate chemicals used in the cosmetic industry. Brought to the floor by 3 members of congress, including Tammy Baldwin (D-Wisc), from our home congressional district, the act looks to more closely regulate chemicals that are a part of our everyday lives.
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We all know that keratin treatments are here to stay, but do we know how to make them safe for stylists and their clients? Luckily word is getting out that when the proper steps are taken, keratin treatments can be performed safely and become a backbone service for salons and a life-changer for their customers.
In an article in this months issue of Beauty Launchpad Magazine authored by Alyson Osterman-Kerr, John Henshaw, lead scientific adviser for the Professional Keratin Smoothing Council (PKSC) explains how to avoid sensory irritation by taking the proper steps while performing keratin treatments, centering squarely on proper ventilation. Mr. Henshaw states:
“In general, when using proper ventilation and correct treatment procedures, many of these products can be used safely without sensory irritation.”
So there it is again. Ventilation, ventilation, ventilation. The PKSC has once again stated that proper salon ventilation is the central safety measure in a list of procedures to ensure safe salon air while performing brazilian keratin treatments. By capturing and eliminating the vapors at the source, and then supplementing that protection with a work station unit and salon-specific HVAC filters for the whole salon, the worries of providing keratin treatments will truly be a thing of the past.
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In a new article on abcnews.com via the Associated Press, beauty industry expert Doug Schoon weighs in on the importance of proper ventilation in the salon industry.
With the recent revelations that certain nail polishes labeled free of toxic chemicals actually contain high levels of the agents, Mr. Schoon agrees that mislabeling of products should never be done, but stresses that proper ventilation and training of salon employees are much more important factors in preventing health problems. Mr. Schoon states:
“[The] need for appropriate ventilation for the work you’re doing, whether it be in printing shops or other workplaces, is a huge area of opportunity that the (DTSC) should be focusing on”.
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Poor ventilation and improper equipment – like using the wrong masks – can lead to health problems. Spaeth says it’s fairly common to see nail salon workers with breathing problems, click here to learn more.
When heated, methylene glycol creates formaldehyde vapors. Hair stylists and salon owners are starting to understand this fact.
The days of “formaldehyde free” claims being placed on product labels which contain formaldehyde releasers and neglecting the necessity for proper ventilation are over. For example, every bottle of Brazilian Blowout now has a bright sticker affixed to it clearly stating that the treatment needs to be performed in a well ventilated area and to be used as directed.
The caution on the bottle now reads:
“This product contains methylene glycol. When heated this product releases formaldehyde. Use in a well-ventilated area and only as directed.”
Formaldehyde vapors are released when high heat is applied during blow drying, product application, and flat ironing. The best way to prevent clients’ and stylists’ overexposure to formaldehyde vapors is to use local source capture ventilation, as stated by the Professional Keratin Smoothing Council’s Oct. 2011 press release:
“Aerovex Systems, one of our founding members, is the developer of a hair salon source capture ventilation system, which provides a premiere example of “appropriate” salon ventilation equipment. Such equipment is useful for many types of salon services, including keratin hair smoothing, and can offer an extra layer of protection to help ensure the safety of clients and cosmetologists.”
All of the names listed below are listed under OSHA’s formaldehyde standard or can release formaldehyde when subjected to certain conditions (such as the high heat involved in a hair smoothing treatments). OSHA has provided a list of what it calls “synonyms” for formaldehyde:
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Some new developments from a California case involving a popular maker of keratin straightening treatments. Click here to check out the article….
Have questions about keratin treatments and don’t know where to start? Click the link below for an informative slide show featuring 14 facts about keratin hair treatments you might not know…