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Water-free Water: It’s the Safer Choice

Hello Valued Friends, My name is Ken C. Waternixer and I hope you will support my foundation’s quest to warn the public about the many dangers of water and to share the wonderful benefits of “water-free water”. In fact, there are so many benefits, I can’t mention them all. Water, on the other hand, has …Read More

The Eponychium’s Dilemma

Nail anatomy terminology is confused and there is no shortage of competing ideas and not much clarity. Everyone seems to be confused about the names for the parts of the natural nail, even doctors and scientists aren’t sure which terms to use. Misinformation is abundant, so it can be very difficult to know the facts, but …Read More

What is acetaldehyde?

What is acetaldehyde? It is a “naturally occurring carcinogen” found in most fruits and many vegetables. It exists even in “organically grown and certified” foods. So even organically grown foods also contain naturally occurring carcinogens, in fact, they contain many different natural carcinogens. For instance, many foods, including mushrooms and apples contain significant amounts of …Read More

Great News!

Great News! Scientists have found a naturally occurring bacteria that “completely degrades and assimilates PET plastic” (used to make water bottles). This bacteria uses PET as its “sole carbon source”, meaning, they can eat and live happily on one of the most common plastics in the world. They caught these bacteria in the act, digesting …Read More

Confusion and Contradiction

The hallmarks of any profession are its’ technical terms and language. Doctors, lawyers, carpenters, florist alike… all have an agreed upon set of technical terms so they can properly communicate information. Unfortunately, the nail industry doesn’t have an agreed upon set of technical terms, so “confusion and contradiction” has become the technical language of the …Read More

Where’s the Cuticle?

If you asked me, “Doug, what part of the natural nail would you most want to be?” I would never reply, “the cuticle”. I’d never want to be a cuticle! Why you ask? Because, the poor cuticle is misunderstood by almost everyone! Think about it and you’ll see what I mean. During the first part …Read More

Farce Flash

A fear-based activist group calling themselves the EWG claims nail polish makes people fat, which is laughable and typical of the silly nonsense they invent. Why? To trick people into donating money to them… which you should never do, IMO. I’m not too worried many will believe this latest batch of EWG lunacy. Here’s what …Read More

Fear-Mongers Beware!

I recently learned something hilarious that’s also really not funny at all. One of the so-called “Free” we are all now supposed to fear in nail polish is “camphor”. What? Not 100% all natural and organic camphor oil? Isn’t camphor oil one of the oldest medicinal substances on Earth, used since ancient times by untold …Read More

The Ingredient TPHP EWG Can’t Be Trusted to Provide the Facts!

I’ve read the original report about the ingredient TPHP which is used in some nail polishes. I’ve also read the so-called “analysis” by the activist group EWG or Environmental Working Group, who actually commissioned this study and report, as well as helped to write it. I have a few comments to share, but my research …Read More

Why Subscribe to Face-to-Face with Doug Schoon?

What is Face-to-Face with Doug Schoon? Hi, I’m Doug Schoon.  I’d like to tell you about my new series of 15 minute videos where I answer questions, dispel myths and discuss concerns of nail professionals everywhere.  In each episode, I spend about 4-5 minutes in each Episode discussing three or four questions/topics suggested by nail pros from around the world.  I’ll answer …Read More

Reducing Inhalation Exposure to Nail Salon Products

If you understand how, it is easy to improve the quality of your salon’s air and minimize inhalation exposure to potentially irritating or harmful substances.   Yes, there are things you can do to avoid excessive inhalation of dusts or vapors.  By taking the right steps you can improving the salon environment for customers and …Read More

The Complexity of UV Curing

I’ve noticed that many nail professionals tend to over simplify the UV curing process for nail coatings and this is creating misunderstandings. In my opinion, UV cured nail coatings are the most technically sophisticated and complex products in the beauty industry. Many underestimate various aspects of UV curing, including the nail lamps. They don’t appreciate …Read More

A Window into Doug Schoon’s Brain 24 Educational Updates in One

Over the past several years I’ve released 24 monthly Education Updates focusing on a wide range of subjects important to nail technicians and salon clients.  This month, in celebration of the opening of DougSchoonsBrain Facebook page, I’m sharing them all with you again. This Education Update provides a direct link to all 24 of these …Read More