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Nail Care Knows No Bounds

By: Nancy Jeffries
Posted: October 13, 2008, from the March 2006 issue of GCI Magazine.

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Tom DiPietro, DayGlo Color Corporation’s product development manager noted the company’s newest nail technologies. “While fluorescent colors are not new to the world of special effect pigments, a line of colorants that can be utilized in cosmetic and personal products are entirely new,” he said. In the 1950s, Switzer Brothers Inc., the forerunner of DayGlo Color Corp., discovered that conventional fluorescent dyes dissolved in amorphous polymer glasses, which were then mechanically milled, resulted in polymer particles useful as fluorescent pigments. “A major breakthrough was the discovery of polymers of melamine, formaldehyde and toluene sulfonamide,” says DiPietro. “Condensation polymers of these monomers combined with fluorescent dyes produced pigments with exceptional brilliance.” Two aspects of this construction precluded the usage of these materials in cosmetic products. “The dyes employed in the manufacture of industrial fluorescent pigments are not listed on any international regulatory lists, and the use of formaldehyde-based polymers has been a cause of concern,” said DiPietro. “As it turns out, a large number of regulated dyes are fluorescent; and combining these dyes with polymers that have been fully characterized both physically and toxicologically is the basis for DayGlo’s DermaGlo Cosmetic Colorants.”

According to DiPietro, “Previously, due to the thermoplastic nature of the polyester matrix, the usage of DG products in traditional nitrocellulose nail lacquers was not possible.” The company now has developed a new technology suitable for solvent-based formulations. “The products are constructed using unique epoxy microsphere technology that eliminates the problems of matrix swelling and dissolution. The high molecular weight of this cross-linked polymer, combined with spherical particle morphology, make DGS pigments an ideal choice for nail enamels,” said DiPietro. Commercialization of the new six-color product range is projected for the summer of 2006.

Salon Specific

Color and treatment go hand-in-hand in a collection from Jessica Cosmetics. Jessica Vartoughian opened a nails-only salon on Sunset Boulevard in 1969, and now provides nail care treatments in salons and spas throughout the world. Her spring 2006 Get Nude Nail Collection contains Flexiseal™ formulations, designed to make nails strong and hard on the outside but flexible and resilient on the inside.

The formulation fuses two technologies to defend the nail and improve its health. Combinations of ingredients form a protective finish while allowing penetration of oxygen and hydration. Flexibase for Peeling Nails mixes Bio-Active Glass® and a concentrated calcium gel complex that bonds fragile layers together into a smoothed strengthened nail.

Nail salons have provided clients with viable alternatives to at-home polishing and an agreeable atmosphere featuring innovation and indulgence at your fingertips. As with so many things, however, what goes up, must come down. According to research done by the team at NAILS, at Bobit Business Media, although service prices remain strong and spa growth continues to fuel a robust segment, “the falloff in the number of salons, combined with a decline in the number of active technicians, has caused a decrease in projected growth.” While salon data and consumer habits change, the nail salon area remains a segment to be watched closely as demographics and buying habits continue to shift.