Can you get sick, if you inhale the fumes for 2 long?, like if you are inhaling at all day,well can you get sick?
No but you can become overexposed if you don't have the right ventilation.
Education Director, Nailpro Magazine
As with a lot of professions where working with chemicals is involved the
most important thing is to treat your products with the greatest respect.
In a controlled environment, working correctly with good quality products we
do not need to worry any more than hairdressers do working with perm
Make sure you have extremely good ventilation wherever you are working, that
table towels are changed after every client and that you work with the
smallest quantities of your products open on your table. Always close lids
after use and do not eat or drink around your products. Always use
products according to the manufacturers specifications - they are ther for
The safety of the monomers used in nail products has been widely studied,
since they are also used in everything from bone cements to contact lenses
to denture bases and plexglass windows. The Cosmetic Ingredient Review
Panel (a group of medical experts that works with the FDA) has twice
determine (1995 and 2000) that nail monomers are "safe as used". The
monomers can produce vapors (not fumes) that can produce similar short term
effects as seen when painting using cleaning solvent (i.e. headaches, stuff
noses, etc). Just as these types of products should be used in a well
ventilated area, so should professional nail products.
If you work with nail products in accordance with manufacturer's
instructions, you should not suffer any harmful effects. To put things in
their proper perspective, smoking cigarettes is hundreds (maybe thousands)
of times more dangerous than anything you do as a nail technician. If you
want more information on working safely, I would refer you to my book "Nail
Structure and Product Chemistry", which you can purchase using the links here at beautytech.com that point toward the Milady area.
Hope that answers your question.
V.P. Science & Technology, Creative Nail Design, Inc.
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