Liza Ansher

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Glossed Over: Nail Salon Issues

2/18/2012

Liza Ansher is a junior at Brandeis University, majoring in Environmental Studies.  She works with the Boston Public Health Commission and contacted HC BC about writing an article to inform us about nail salon issues in the Boston area.  

Chipping Away the Polish: Nail Salon Issues

2/17/2012

Are getting ready for:
Girls night out in Boston?
Sorority Semi Formal?
Internship interview for the summer?
Hot Date with the campus cutie of the week?
 
While getting ready for any event, what is the first thing you do? – ‘Get your nails did’, of course! As you enter the salon, you first choose the service you want, the nail polish color, and its smooth sailing from then on!  Sit back in that massage chair, relax and escape for a couple of hours into a world of luxurious pampering before your event.
Ignorance is bliss. Let me tell you it is definitely not smooth sailing from here. Mentioned in the Campaign for Safe Cosmetics’ ‘Story of Cosmetics’, the government under regulates cosmetic products and nail salon products today. Nail salon products consist of hazardous chemicals and release harmful fumes into the air.
Are you only going to the salon once a week, once a month, or every 3 months to your nails done? You are still at risk because your body builds up these chemicals over time with each visit to the salon.

Glossed Over: Read this BEFORE Your Next Manicure

2/16/2012

Whether you are getting ready for a girls night out in Boston, Sorority semi formal, job interview, or hot date with the HC Brandeis campus cutie, what is usually one of the first things you do to prepare? – Get your nails done, of course! When you enter the salon, you first choose the service you want then the nail polish color. Usually its smooth sailing from then on! You sit back in the massage chair, relax, and escape for a couple of hours into a world of luxurious pampering before your event.

Hold on… let me tell you it is definitely not smooth sailing from here. Ignorance is bliss. Recently, the Campaign for Safe Cosmetics’ and the ‘Story of Cosmetics,’ have brought an important issue to our attention about the government under regulating cosmetic products and products used in nail salons. They consist of hazardous chemicals and release harmful fumes into the air.

Glossed Over: Nail Salon Issues

2/15/2012

What girl doesn’t love pampering herself with a mani/pedi?You enter the salon, choose the service you want and your polish color, and its smooth sailing from then on!  Sit back in that massage chair, relax and escape for a couple of hours into a world of luxurious pampering.
 
Let me tell you it is definitely not smooth sailing from here. Mentioned in the Campaign for Safe Cosmetics’ ‘Story of Cosmetics’, the government under regulates cosmetic products and nail salon products today. Nail salon products consist of hazardous chemicals and release harmful fumes into the air.
 
Are you going to the salon to get your nails done once a week, once a month, or once every 3 months? You are still at risk because your body builds up these chemicals over time with each visit to the salon.
 
Nail technicians have it even worse ---they are inhaling and being exposed to chemicals every day. A study in the American Journal of Public Health shows that women in contact with these chemicals have heightened health risks (Thu Quach, 2011).  The study reports that “one-third of the women reported health problems like headaches, irritations, nausea, and breathing problems since they started working at a nail salon. Nose, throat, lungs, skin, eye irritations were the most common complaints by the participants reported by 25.6 percent of them.” In the Boston area, most nail technicians are Vietnamese women of childbearing age. In addition to reproductive and general health concerns, this minority community is at increased risk of developing Type II diabetes and respiratory problems.