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Cali: Your Mani/Pedi May Cost You More Than You Know

Nail art lovers, look out; your $30 weekly mani/pedi may cost you a lot more than what you bargained for. A new report issued by the California Department of Toxic Substances Control shows so-called nontoxic nail polishes commonly used in California salons actually contain a “toxic trio” of harmful chemicals comprising toluene, dibutyl phthalate (DBP) and formaldehyde which have been linked to birth defects and other illnesses.

Among the products tested that the state says were mislabeled were: Sation 99 basecoat, Sation 53 red-pink nail color, Dare to Wear nail lacquer, Chelsea 650 Baby’s Breath Nail Lacquer, New York Summer Nail Color, Paris Spicy 298 nail lacquer, Sunshine nail lacquer, Cacie Light Free Gel Basecoat, Cacie Sun Protection Topcoat, Golden Girl Topcoat, Nail Art Top-N-Seal and High Gloss Topcoat. The polishes are not available in stores and can be purchased only at a nail salon.

“The mislabeled nail products have the potential to harm thousands of workers in more than 48,000 nail salons in California, and their customers,” the agency explains, but they still don’t have enough data to estimate exactly how many people were being exposed. Yikes! Just as everyone suddenly starts caring about nail art.

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