Budget salons across Nottingham could be using a chemical called methyl methacrylate (MMA), which experts say is harmful.
The nail salon industry is growing in the UK, however there are increasing concerns that it could be dangerous to get a manicure if they are using MMA as a strong chemical glue to bond nail extensions. The chemical is so strong that it has been used to make concrete and as cement in dental, knee and hip replacements. MMA is currently legal in the UK, but the USA have already banned it, because of links to it causing permanent nail damage, deformities in nail growth and severe allergic reactions to the skin such as dermatitis with symptoms such as redness, itching, rash and swelling and these are explained in a report by the Environmental Protection Agency. Nottingham Trent University student, Rebecca Fitch, 21, has been getting her nails done religiously once a month for the past 2 years. She said:
“I must admit I’m a bit addicted to getting my nails done and as a struggling student I tend to go to budget salons to save money…I have noticed that my nails are now damaged but I really hope it’s not because of MMA. How can it be legal to use the same chemical that’s used in cement on your nails?!”
Health experts and trading standards have called for better regulations in the nail industry to tackle the fears surrounding MMA.