Some nail polishes and other products used at salons and labeled toxin-free may have high levels of toxic chemicals, according to a new California report. "The labeling does not always reflect the ingredients," says scientist Valetti Lang, acting manager of the Pollution Prevention Branch of the Department of Toxic Substances Control for the California Environmental Protection Agency.
Also, the adhesive used in applying acrylic nails often contains dangerous substances like formaldehyde, which is known to cause cancer. Many types of acrylic nails may contain toluene, a chemical that some think could cause negative health effects.
This shape is flattering for wide nails, and gives the illusion of a thinner nail bed. File the side walls straight like a square, then round the free edge into that perfect swooping circle. Almond/Point. The pointed nail is a popular style for acrylic and nail art designs, especially in Eastern Europe and Asia.
Stiletto nails take after another long, pointy fashion staple: stiletto heels. So what are stiletto nails exactly? They're basically nails that have been filed or sculpted to a smooth, thin point. A lot of Internet nail-lovers rock almond, coffin (ballerina), or similarly pointy nails and call them stiletto nails in error.
Toluene, a toxic chemical found in some nail polishes and acrylic nail glue, has been shown to cause respiratory issues, irritated skin, headaches and dizziness. Prolonged or repeated exposure to toluene may pose more severe health problems, including damage to internal organs, such as the liver or kidneys.