Every town has the cheaper nail salons, running on a walk in basis, giving a full set of acrylic nails at what seems to be a bargain price.........Or is it?
Introducing the not so nice MMA - (methylmethacrylate)
This is a chemical liquid to make some nail extensions.
It is a poisonous substance and a high sensitiser and likely allergen that can cause severe allergic reactions through minimum exposure
It has been banned in many states in Amercia due to the above and in the UK only no-standard salons will use this product. You will usually smell it before you see it!
M.M.A was designed to make dental acrylic, you know, false teeth, dental veneers etc etc, it is safe to be used for this purpose , however it is is completely undeveloped for use in the nail industry.
Basically if you have M.M.A acrylic on your nails you are wearing dental veneers as acrylic nails!
What damage can M.M.A cause
M.M.A causes nail allergies,nail disfigurements and infections (which if left can rot the nail) soreness,complete /partial loss of nail,ridges,respiratory problems and the strong odour can cause asthma attacks. Look below at an example of a ladies nail due to M.M.A, it has totally rotten the nail.
Why is it used
Plain and simple...ITS CHEAP....No professional supplier will sell M.M.A as they couldnt afford the liability. Also M.M.A enhancements rarely break on impact, when have you ever known false teeth to break ?
The damage is done underneath on the natural nail, please see the pictures I have downloaded from the internet below, but beware they are not for the faint hearted.
The adhesion of methyl methcrylate nailproducts is relatively poor, forcing the nail technician
to overly abrading the nailpalte, usually by using some form of an electric drill resulting in
excessive thinning and weakening of the natural nail plate. Physical abrasion is the least
desirable method for preparing the natural nail because it causes unnecessary damage to
the nail plate and leads to client injury. However, it is the only method that works when methyl
methacrylate artificial nails are applied.
Nails with MMA are extremely difficult to remove, they are nearly insoluble in acetone and other solvents. Most acrylics that are made of MMA can take upto 2 hours to remove and will resemble sticky slimey chewing gum when in acetone.
EMA - the safe product used in all standard salons will usually dissolve on the nail plate and be easily removed in around 30 mins.
NOW WHAT ABOUT THE NAIL DRILL!!!!
If the nail technician cuts your cuticles or skin, and burns you with the drill the chances
are they have not been properly trained to use a drill. If the product does not contain
MMA drills are not necessary and only regular board files should be used!!
WOW below is a pic of some mega thin nails due to excessive filing with a drill, with mma damage :(
A slip of the hand with a drill and this happens!!!!............... NICE!!!
An electric nail drill should NEVER EVER be used on your natural nail!!!
How many times have your hands been cut with an electric nail file or drill?????
Are you certain that the drill has been sanitised inbetween clients?
My guess is no, they run like conveyor belts, one gets up another sits down.
A breeding ground for allsorts of diseases, and even worse Hepitatis, HIV need I go on........
Classic MMA acrylic......... Notice the yellow discolouration on the nails and the acrylic itself!!
So, How can you tell if your nail extensions contain M.M.A?
M.M.A nail enhancements are very very hard with a yellow tinge a "fishy" odour and a grainy texture.The enhancemnets are usually finished by airbrushing the tip white instead of using white acrylic. M.M.A nail also only bonds to the natural nail with the use of a electric drill.
Signs a salon is using M.M.A
-Client NOT asked to fill in a client consultation form(essential to establish allergies etc)
-Lack of good hygiene(ALL metal implements and files should be cleaned and sanitised prior to use on a client)
-Electric files/drills used (essential to bond M.M.A to the nail).
-Enhancements/acrylic extensions priced at £15-£25....IF IT'S TOO GOOD TO BE TRUE IT USUALLY IS!!
-Enhancements yellow after 2-6 weeks
-Nail technician wears a MASK, very rarely offer the client a mask
-Nail technician often cannot or refuses to speak any English .Therefore being unable to answer your questions in relation to which products they are using
-Acrylic liquid and powders not labelled, i.e technician using a plain dish and pot for powder, all of this should be clearly labeled with the brand of liqiud and powder visable to the client
Heres some pretty gruesome nail pictures of what damage mma can cause to your nails!
If you are worried about anything in this article please don't hesitate to contact me email@example.com
All of my products do not contain MMA, I use liscenced O.P.I nail products which are safe to use.
THIS IS THE ACRYLIC PRODUCT I USE IN MY SALON - AN AMERICAN BRAND THAT USES NO MMA!.
MY ACRYLIC NAILS DON'T YELLOW!
I DON'T USE AN ELECTRIC DRILL ON NATURAL NAILS - WE USE BOARD FILES!!
WE SANITISE, DISINFECT & STERILISE IN BETWEEN EACH CLIENT!
I STAND 100% OVER ANY WORK THAT I DO!!!