According to AmyLing Lin, founder of the non-toxic nail salon Sundays Nail Studio in New York City, the nail industry is relatively unregulated, which can result in dangerous work environments for nail salon workers. Many nail salons select non-3-free, low-quality products due to their relatively low cost, and technicians are breathing in harmful chemicals like formaldehyde (which potentially causes skin cancer), on a daily basis. Lin says despite wearing face masks, it's very common that salon workers will experience headaches and nausea as a result from working in a chemical-ridden environment, and in extreme, long-term cases, these harmful ingredients can have negative effects on the reproductive system.
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