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Dec 30, 2019
Hair Dyes And Straighteners Linked To Higher Cancer Risk, Especially For Black Women

New research raises concern about the safety of permanent hair dye and chemical hair straighteners, especially among African American women. The study was published Wednesday in the International Journal of Cancer.

Source: NPR

May 28, 2019
Colorado nail salon workers face chronic air pollution, elevated cancer risk

Colorado nail salon employees face increased health risks due to high levels of indoor airborne pollutants such as formaldehyde and benzene, new CU Boulder research finds, concluding that working in a salon is akin to working at an oil refinery or an auto garage.

Source: CU Boulder

Aug 16, 2018
A Movement for Safer Nail Salons

Advocates are pushing nail salons to use safer products and for more transparency about the chemicals within them.

Source: USNews

Jul 27, 2017
Healthy Nail Salons: work in Oregon

This new page has been developed to house the previously developed brochures and resources pertaining to nail salon health and safety by the Oregon Collaborative for Healthy Nail Salons, Oregon OSHA and then CROET (now the Oregon Institute of Occupational Health Sciences).

Source: Oregon Institute of Occupational Health Sciences

Jan 01, 2016
Evaluating Local Exhaust Ventilation Systems for Use in Nail Salons: Final Report

The goal of this study was to evaluate four local exhaust ventilation (LEV) systems to determine their effectiveness at eliminating acetone vapor and dust from the breathing zone of nail salon technicians and their clients.

Source: King County Hazardous Waste Management Program

Jan 01, 2016
Hairdressing: Ensure your own actions reduce risks to health and safety (PDF)

This chapter on safety and health precautions for hairdressers comes from an online book from

Source: Hairdressing Training

Nov 01, 2015
Guidance on Becoming a "Greener " Nail Salon (PDF)

A green nail salon is an emerging business model that respects workers, customers, owners and the community. “Green” is a catch phrase for being environmentally aware, but also responsive to emerging science and business sustainability.

Source: CA DTSC

Oct 01, 2015
Dangerous beauty: Salon worker health is in the spotlight

This article summarizing recent events related to salon safety and health was written by Sarah Trotto and appeared in the September 27, 2015 issue of Safety and Health Magazine.

Source: National Safety Council

Jun 01, 2015
Identifying Health and Safety Concerns in Southeast Asian Immigrant Nail Salon Workers

The objective of the study was to gather information about the hazards in nail salons along with safety practices and health concerns of nail salon workers within Portland, OR nail salon workers. This study was a pilot study funded by the Oregon Institute of Occupational Health Sciences (previously CROET).

Source: Oregon Institute of Occupational Health Sciences

May 01, 2015
The Pump Handle: “Perfect nails, poisoned workers” and where is the law?

This response to the New York Times article on nail salons was published by Cora Roelofs, ScD in this "Water Cooler for the Public Health Crowd" blog.

Source: The Pump Handle