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DID YOU KNOW?
R.I. requires all Salons & Beauticians to be licensed!
...and you can check the status of any salon or individual's license for yourself online!
As well as file any complaints for improper practices/injuries & infections you may suffer from a visit at a 'not so great salon'.
The RI Dept. of Health needs your help!
They cannot crack down on bad practices unless YOU report it!
It's really quite simple to do, just click on our blue R.I. Dept. of Health badge and it will bring you straight to their website (www.health.ri.gov). Click on the 'licensing' tab on the menu bar and from there you can search for an individual to be sure they are licensed as well as search for any particular salon to be sure it is properly licensed.
Salons MUST be licensed for the services they provide as well
(this is for the public's safety- the D.O.H inspects the facility to be sure their sanitation practices are up to standards for particular services. If the salon is not licensed for the proper services, this means they haven't been inspected and that can put the public at risk for infections).
So be sure that if you're visiting a Salon, they are licensed; here are some general guidelines:
A 'HAIR DESIGN SHOP' may provide the following:
- waxing & esthetics (skin care)
- barbering (hair services)
- manicuring (nail services)
A 'MANICURING SHOP' may provide the following:
- manicuring (nail services)
- waxing & esthetics (skin care)
Scientists Speak Out –
UV Nail Lamps Are Safe
From driving a car to holding a cell phone on-the-go, hands get more UV exposure from natural and artificial light than any other part of the body. Despite concerns from news sources questioning the safety of UV lamps, an independent study presents the facts.
According to CND Chief Scientific Advisor, Doug Schoon, recent reports fail to properly measure UV light rays, overestimate exposure from UV nail lamps and incorrectly attribute skin cancer. Schoon and two other nail industry scientists oversaw an in depth study of leading UV nail lamps on the market. The study measured how much UV-A and UV-B rays UV nail lamps and natural sunlight emit. The results dispel the myth that UV nail lamps put users at an increased risk of developing skin cancer.
To summarize the report:
• UV nail lamps have less UV-B light
(cause of sunburn and skin cancer) output than natural sunlight. The amount of UV-B light in ten minute exposure to nail lamps is "the equivalent to an extra 30 seconds in sunlight each day of the two weeks between nail salon appointments." UV-A exposure is equivalent to spending "an extra 1.5 to 2.7 minutes in sunlight each day between salon visits."
Brief sun exposure = curing manicures and pedicures in UV nail lamp
• UV nail lamps use special bulbs with internal coatings that filter out most of the UV-B light
• A client’s hand can receive more exposure to UV light while driving a car than they would receive from UV gel and Shellac™ services.
Drying nails in a UV nail lamp is safer than glove-free driving
"The cumulative amount of UV exposure from normal daily activities – driving, running errands outdoors, and sitting under fluorescent lighting – is much greater than the minimal exposure from a UV nail lamp. The anxieties of getting skin damage from a manicure are disproportionate to the truth," explains Dr. David Valia, Director of Research and Development for CND and Electron Beam (EB) technologies, keeps CND at the forefront of this science. CND is dedicated to the advancement of safe and efficacious technologies, as illustrated with the recent Shellac innovation that is safe and convenient for women wanting long lasting manicures.
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Gardening got you looking like
the living dead??!
Have you been so good, wearing those gardening gloves and that nasty dirt STILL finds its way under your nails becoming next to impossible to extract?
Try out this handy tip: Run your fingernails across a bar of soap before donning those gardening gloves…it helps out TREMENDOUSLY!
Is gel polish ruining my nails?
Gel polish products do not ruin your nails.
The removal process however, can. The damage that is incurred is not USUALLY permanent damage. It's surface damage that will grow out as new nail plate grows in. If you were to decide to remove your polish and go
au-naturals, your nails will seem really bad until a whole new nail plate comes in. The fingernail regenerates at a rate of 2-3 millimeter per month so you're looking at a 4-6 month wait.
Let's talk about gel polish removal...
The photo to the left is of MY NAILS. I have been wearing gel polish consistently for 6 years. This is what normal surface damage looks like. Notice the ridging in the nails (although this can also come with age), the white spots from trauma (aka-filing & peeling polish off) and the slight separation at the tip where the nail bed meets the free edge (that's from peeling off the polish.) I never soak my polish off. One reason-I have extremely sensitive skin that breaks out when I breathe on it the wrong way.
There are 3 ways to remove gel polish:
1. peel it off.
2. soak it off.
3. file it off.
Method #1.) Peeling off your gel polish is NOT recommended. I will confess though, that I too have practiced this method on myself; you're not doing any permanent damage (as long as your whole nail plate doesn't come off with your polish-honestly, if it hurts trying to peel the polish off…STOP.) Peeling polish off will take AT LEAST the first layer of your nail off with it. Continuing this practice every 2-3 weeks WILL thin out your nail plate extremely quickly, causing the gel polish to no longer adhere properly. Gel polish adheres best to a healthier nail.
Method #2.) First, I will say that soaking must be started with FILING. If the top coat is not penetrated, you could soak those fingertips for hours and all it will do is dull your polish. Soaking is a controversial method. There are some products out there that are supposedly 'acetone free' which you can use to remove the gel polish and I have attempted to use a few…they take a really long time to work, like 45 minutes LONG. And even then you still have scraping and filing to do to remove what did not come off easily. This is fine if you have time to kill at home but personally, I can't be spending 2hours on a gel manicure and my clients-as much as they love me-don't want to sit in my chair for 2 hours getting their nails done.
I have found that PURE ACETONE works best for soaking off gel…but then STILL there is scraping and filing of the tiny bits that did not soak off and personally, it makes my eczema spike into high gear. There are not any supporting studies that I have found to say that acetone is carcinogenic or even to say that it's really all that terrible for your body as a customer using it every few weeks; other than it's quickly absorbed into the human body through ingestion, inhalation and dermal exposure…so don't eat it, snuff it or soak your skin in it! The inhalation absorption rate is in the 70%-80% range which can cause short term effects of eye & respiratory irritation, mood swings,and nausea. It's more detrimental to your nail technician though, due to the constant exposure to acetone all day long…I'd rather not be the coughing, bi-polar, barfing nail tech. Thanks.
Method #3.) Filing off the gel polish should only be performed by a nail technician you TRUST and can communicate with-just sayin'-. Over filing can lead to serious damage of your nail plate while intense over filing can damage your nail bed (the nail bed is the flesh under your nail which your nail plate grows on), which is PERMANENT damage. As long as your polish is properly removed you will not have 'rings of fire' (I see these all too often, it's that red ring, like a c-shape, on your nail…yea, that's not good. It means your nail tech. came EXTREMELY close to filing into your nail bed) your nails will be slightly damaged on the surface if filing is done properly but this damage will grow out as new nail plate comes in. Filing off the polish is much faster, the whole process takes approx. 15 minutes. I prefer filing due to it's ease and being a chemical-free process. It's a dusty process though, I don't like that part. I wear a mask while removing polish to save my own lungs and always have extra, so if you want one JUST ASK!
So to summarize, gel polish is good. The removal can get hairy. I tell my customers straight out that if they want a healthier nail to NOT use gel polish, go with a natural manicure and use a really great polish like CND Vinylux-stuff stays on for a week! But if they just want their nails to look good and polished then do the gel polish! You just have to choose your evil for removal; none of them are that great for your nail. I prefer filing off the gel polish however there are technicians within Perfectly Nailed whom you can schedule with that will gladly wrap up your fingertips and soak off your polish if you prefer that method.
-Article by: Jessica Paquet, RI licensed manicurist.