The Natural Nail

This month’s Education Update is focused entirely on the natural nail. You may not realize it, but over the past several months I’ve regularly posted on Facebook some pretty cool images related to the natural nail.  These images are posted as “Cover” photos on my personal page.  I use these same images in my presentations …

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New Sunscreen Monograph for Canada

Health Canada recently announced the release of the final Sunburn Protectants Monograph, dated July 7, 2013 Version 2.0. The document is titled “Sunscreen Monograph” to reflect the common term used by Canadian’s to describe this category of products. This monograph replaces the existing Sunburn Protectants Monograph of October 12, 2006. It identifies permitted medicinal/non-medicinal ingredients, …

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Continued Progress Made by International Cooperation on Cosmetics Regulation (ICCR)

The ICCR is an international group of regulatory authorities for cosmetics from Canada, the European Union, the United States, and Japan.  The goal of this multilateral framework is to maintain the highest level of global consumer protection, while minimizing barriers to international trade. During the ICCR seventh annual meeting (July 8-10) in Tokyo, Japan to …

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UV Nail Lamps Tested and Found Safe by Two Leading UV Experts Dr. John Dowdy and Dr. Robert Sayre

A comprehensive scientific study concerning the safety of UV nail units (aka UV nail lamps) has just been published and it is VERY important for several reasons. 1. This is the first study to compare six major brands of UV nail units, including three that use UV producing LEDs as the UV source. 2. It …

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Pregnancy and Artificial Nail Coatings

When your clients discover they’re pregnant, one of the first questions they will ask nail professionals is, “Can I keep wearing my nail enhancements during my pregnancy?”  The answer is YES; they can safely wear artificial nails!  There is no reason to believe wearing artificial nail enhancements or polish during pregnancy is harmful.  All artificial …

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New Studies Examine Safety of UV Curing for Fingernail Coatings

This technical article was written for the Radtech Report, a magazine that specializes in UV curing applications. This article reviews two studies commissioned by the Nail Manufacturers Council (NMC) of the Professional Beauty Association. One of the studies was performed by Dr. Robert Sayre and his partner Dr. John Dowdy; both are leading research experts …

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What’s the Harm in Doing That?

Nail Professionals work in a unique and diverse profession and often unintentionally put themselves and their clients at risk.  They regularly work with the most technologically advanced products in the beauty industry. Many nail coatings are based on high-tech substances used to create everything from bone cements to dental implants or contact lenses to bullet …

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Federal Trade Commission (FTC) revised “Green Guides”

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has recently revised their “Green Guides.” This important document will help marketers avoid inadvertently making misleading labeling claims about environmental topics such as; “Non-Toxic”, “Free of ___”, “Ozone-Friendly” “Biodegradable”, “Recyclable”, etc. The FTC states, “These guides set forth the Federal Trade Commission’s current views about environmental claims. The guides help …

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Personal Care Products Council (PCPC) update on “lead in lipstick” controversy

A recent article by the Personal Care Products Council (PCPC) provides a factual update on the on-going lead in lipstick controversy. This ridiculous scare story is being propagated by fear-based advocacy groups who use it as a fund raising tool; a “Donate Here” link accompanies EVERY e-mail. These groups send out wave after wave of …

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