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From vegan-friendly manicures to paraben- free hair dyes and all-natural slimming treatments, there is an eco option for every step of your beauty regimen. By May Yip

STEP into any nail and hair salon and, more often than not, you will be hit by the smell of glue, solvents, disinfectants and ammonia. And this "eww" factor is not just limited to the olfactory. Exposure to such chemicals may have effects that go beyond skin deep: In fact, a number of studies by the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health in the US have examined possible links between nail technicians' work and health outcomes, such as respiratory, neurological, and musculoskeletal effects, as well as other health conditions.

But how much harm is there really in a lunchtime mani or root colour touch-up? While current scientific studies can be inconclusive, a growing number of consumers...

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