Ever wonder what’s behind the smell in your hair or nail salon? Those chemicals that are so necessary to create the visual beauty you create sure have unique odors…and then some.

Not only do those odors discourage customers from staying around for additional services, but they are doing harm as well.

Here is what Cornell University and OSHA have to say about what is in the air at your salon.

The Chemicals You Breathe

Ammonia • Ammonia is used in hair dye to allow color molecules to penetrate. Ammonia irritates the eyes, skin and respiratory tract, and may cause asthma and other breathing problems.

Phenylenediamine • (PPD): When it comes to hair dyes, Phenylenediamine (PPD) is the most common cause of allergic reactions. This chemical is very toxic and when inhaled, it may cause damage to the liver, kidneys, nervous system and respiratory tract. The fumes emitted by PPD also cause inflammation of the airways, which make it difficult to breathe.

Sodium Hydroxide • Sodium hydroxide is often used in hair relaxers and causes damage to the respiratory tract and severe pneumonitis.

Formaldehyde • Formaldehyde is a known carcinogen. Aside from being linked to cancer, it may cause irritation to the eyes, nose and throat, coughing and wheezing, as well as skin irritation. This chemical is also used to embalm the departed.

Acetone • (nail polish remover): headaches; dizziness; and irritated eyes, skin, and throat.

Acetonitrile • (fingernail glue remover): irritated nose and throat; breathing problems; nausea; vomiting; weakness; and exhaustion.

Butyl acetate • (nail polish, nail polish remover): headaches and irritated eyes, skin, nose, mouth, and throat.

Dibutyl phthalate • (DBP), (nail polish): nausea and irritated eyes, skin, nose, mouth, and throat. Long-term exposures to high concentrations may cause other serious effects.

Ethyl acetate • (nail polish, nail polish remover, fingernail glue): irritated eyes, stomach, skin, nose, mouth, and throat; high levels can cause fainting.

Ethyl methacrylate • (EMA), (artificial nail liquid): asthma; irritated eyes, skin, nose, and mouth; difficulty concentrating. Exposures while pregnant may affect your child.

Formaldehyde • (nail polish, nail hardener): difficulty breathing, including coughing, asthma-like attacks, and wheezing; allergic reactions; irritated eyes, skin, and throat. Formaldehyde can cause cancer.

Isopropyl acetate • (nail polish, nail polish remover): sleepiness, and irritated eyes, nose, and throat.

Methacrylic acid • (nail primer): skin burns and irritated eyes, skin, nose, mouth, and throat. At higher concentrations, this chemical can cause difficulty breathing.

Methyl methacrylate • (MMA), (artificial nail products, though banned for use in many states): asthma; irritated eyes, skin, nose, and mouth; difficulty concentrating; loss of smell.

Quaternary ammonium compounds • (disinfectants): irritated skin and nose and may cause asthma.

Toluene • (nail polish, fingernail glue): dry or cracked skin; headaches, dizziness, and numbness; irritated eyes, nose, throat, and lungs; damage to liver and kidneys; and harm to unborn children during pregnancy.

The Electromedia 100c Solution

The four-stage Electromedia 100C filtering system removes more than 90% of all these airborne pollutants. Far more than any of its competitors, and exactly the amount your salon needs.

Stage 1: Pre-Filter. A fine screen mesh traps the larger particles.

Stage 2: 17 Ionized tungsten wires are electronically charged to attract the fine pollutants too small to even see.

Stage 3: A traditional HEPA filter. In many systems the HEPA filter is the only filter the system uses. In the Electromedia 100C it is the third stage of four. It is exposed to fewer pollutants and therefore lasts longer than others.

Stage 4: Eight activated charcoal filters add the last level of air purification. The air that flows back into the room is as clean as possible at this point, no matter how contaminated it may have been when the process began.

You, Your Employees and Your Customers Need One

Call Atmospure today at (847) 736-2387. Our easy rental or purchase plans have been created so any size business can get the pure air your employees, customers and you need.