Local woman appears on 'Anderson Live'

Jenney Howell
Special to the Press Gazette
Published: Tuesday, February 12, 2013 at 03:44 PM.

A seemingly simple, relaxing trip to get a pedicure back in 2010 changed Jenney Howell’s life forever, and she’s sharing her story to bring attention to the potential health problems acquired in some beauty salons.

Howell, of Milton, was featured on Anderson Cooper’s daytime talk show, Anderson Live, on Feb. 1 in a segment titled “Dangers at the Beauty Salon.” On the show, Howell talked about her trip to a local nail salon on June 22, 2010.

On that day, Howell was getting a manicure and pedicure for her 44th wedding anniversary. She sat in the pedicure chair after picking out her nail color and an employee began to fill the foot bowl.

According to Howell, the employee could not speak English and pointed to a sign on the wall that said “Helen.” After putting a blue powder in the foot bowl, the employee then pointed for Howell to put her feet in the bowl, so she did.

After having her feet in the bath, Howell placed her feet on a towel on the edge of the bowl and the employee put a white gel in an unmarked bottle on the sides and bottom of her feet.

While still sitting in the pedicure chair, the employee started Howell’s manicure.

Howell said the unmarked gel was still on her feet and it began to sting. Howell told the employee that she was in pain by pointing to her feet, so he employee put Howells feet in the footbath, washed off the gel and continued with the pedicure.

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