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Could weekly manicures be bad for you?

by , 08 September 2015

I've read a few articles that suggest that nail salon workers are at high risk of serious health problems, which left me wondering… Are weekly customers in danger, too? I did some research and this is what I found out.

The health risks that salon workers face

More and more research, as well as anecdotal evidence, suggests that cosmetologists – salon workers ranging from manicurists to hairdressers – are in fact more prone to developing respiratory issues and skin ailments than the general population.
 
Scarily enough, they also have higher rates of certain cancers. These health effects are partially due to the chemicals that the various products they work with contain. 
 

So do salon customers face these same risks?

The answer: Nope! Big sigh of relief there, considering I swear by my weekly nail jobs. Research says that nail salon workers breathe in fumes every day, making their risk of respiratory diseases and all that much greater than that of weekly customers.

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Having said that, though, it never hurts to take precautions. Here’s what you can do:
  • Bring your own nail polishes along
  • Opt for polishes labelled “three-free” or “five-free” (this means they’re made without three or five of the potentially harmful chemicals, including toluene and formaldehyde)
 

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