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October 06, 2009

Risky Beauty Business

A group of advocates are concerned the chemicals used in manicures, and especially acrylic nails, are affecting the health of nail salon workers. Connie Nguyen has been doing hair and nails for 15 years. She's experienced dizziness and difficulty breathing. Alisha Tran, a former salon owner, experienced nausea and was twice rushed to the emergency room before a doctor told her to quit the business.

Both women join Dick Gordon to talk about their exposure to the chemicals in nail salons and how difficult it is to do anything to change that. Many salon owners don't want to spend money on different products or a good ventilation system. Most workers feel it's impolite and awkward to wear a protective mask.

  • Learn more about the California Healthy Nail Salon Collaborative
  • Learn more about the Asian Law Caucus
  • Read Nail Salon Reports translated to Vietnamese
  • Find out if your beauty products are safe
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