DANGERS OF METHYL METHACRYLATE
Recently, increasing problems with the use of methyl methacrylate. (MMA) in the nail industry has caused numerous problems for acrylic nail wearers. Many “discount” nail salons are using MMA instead of acrylic liquid to cut down on costs, (MMA is approximately $180 cheaper per gallon than acrylic liquid.) This is why so many discount" nail salons can charge such low prices.
The FDA has issued a warning to consumers that the use of MMA in discount nail salons is on the upswing, and is severely dangerous to unsuspecting clients. The best way to combat the problem with MMA is to recognize the warning signs.
BEFORE ACRYLIC NAILS HAVE BEEN APPLIED, look over any Salon you are thinking about patronizing, and “BEWARE" of Salons that:
- offer huge discounts
- hide manufacturer 's labels
- use drills to etch the natural nail or remove acrylic
AFTER ACRYLIC NAILS HAVE BEEN APPLIED, look for signs of:
- Tingling or numbness of the fingers
- Whitening of the fingers
- Damaged nail beds
- Irritated skin around the nail bed
- Salons using MMA will have a markedly different smell to them than the FDA approved EMA acrylic.
OTHER SIGNS MAY INCLUDE:
- Difficulty in removing your clients acrylic nails (The MMA acrylic combination has a much harder surface than the pure EMA acrylic combination.)
- Employees in the salon tend to wear masks to avoid the poisonous chemicals MMA gives out.
All of these signs may indicate that a client has been to a salon using MMA. A well-trained nail tech using FDA approved products and using proper sanitation methods will not be afraid to answer any questions asked by their clients.