After this weeks 'Transformation Tuesday' I got so many DMs asking about MMA acrylic. Here is a quick FAQ on MMA as it pertains to the nail industry.
• *What are the health risks?
People repeatedly exposed to significant levels of MMA commonly complain of:
-trembling of hands.
While consumers who use products containing MMA may be at some risk of these adverse effects, the risk is much higher for nail technicians who are frequently and normally exposed to products containing MMA during their work.The Department of Health strongly recommends that MMA products are not used in nail salons. •
*How do you know if a product contains MMA? -MMA is listed as an active ingredient on the product
-It has a strong irritating chemical odour that does not smell like other acrylic liquids.
-The product sets much harder, feels less flexible and is very difficult to file using a nail file.
-Acrylic nails that contain MMA are extremely hard or virtually impossible to remove using normal solvents.
-It is a much cheaper product in comparison to other acrylic nail products. •
*Substitutes for MMA.? ‐There are a number of alternatives to MMA including ethyl methacrylate (EMA), light cure gels, wraps and natural nail manicures.
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