Everyone wants long-lasting manicures that stay flawless until the next scheduled appointment at the beauty salon. With so many options and methods available, it seems like dip powder nails might be a hidden gem for those wishing for longevity. Here is everything you should know about dip powder nails.

What are dip powder nails, and how do they work?

Dip powder nails were previously known as SNS nails. The name originated from the method itself – the nail technician dips the nails into finely milled powder and then seals the powder with a clear base. Another method is to apply the dip powder directly on the nail plate with a brush. The application process is repeated until the desirable shape is completely coated and hardened.

The end result is seamless shine and color and durable manicure that can last up to four weeks.

How can I prepare my hands for the dip powder nails?

The best advice is not to wash hands for at least one hour before the dip powder nails manicure. It seems like 60 seconds of holding hands in the water is equal to waiting an extra 60 minutes before dip powder application. If the c-shape of the nail is relaxed it means that water has penetrated the nail plate.

Nail estheticians will do other prepping for your nails, such as filing and shaping.

The Application Process of Dip Powder Nails

After the filing and shaping, the nail esthetician will start with a clean base for the dip powder nails manicure. Esthetician will push the cuticles of nails to remove any dead tissues on the nail plate. Any excess shine and oils left should be removed, so that dip powder can be easily applied.

The next step is applying the bonder or primer, which can help to prevent any eventual lifting or chipping of the nails. Afterward, the nail esthetician will apply the base coat to a single nail. Dipping the finger into the dip powder and brushing off any excess is repeated continuously. After brushing off excess dip powder, the color is sealed with a clear sealant. The aforementioned process repeats for all of the other nails. Depending on the desirable opacity of the color, shaping, and the length of the nails, the process may continue. Beauty experts claim that this is usually done a minimum of twice for short nails and a maximum of five times for nails with extra length.

The final touches are the application of the activator and the topcoat. To apply the activator properly, the esthetician should wait for two or three minutes after the last sealing of the dip powder.

The Aftercare of Dip Powder Nails

The aftercare of dip powder nails is very important because it will keep them neat and fresh-looking. If you want your dip powder nails to last longer, you should use gloves and high-quality hand moisturizers. We recommend using gentle oils or serums on your cuticles for extra care and shine.

What is the difference between dip powder nails and gel nails?

Some beauty experts say that dip powder nails are more durable because they can last up to four weeks. Others say that the duration of the manicure mostly depends on the client’s nails and aftercare. The main difference between dip powder and a gel polish manicure is the application method and the usage of UV lights.

Dip powder nails do not require the usage of UV lights like a gel polish manicure, but they are harder to take off. It’s never the best idea to pluck or pull your dip powder nails. Instead, visit a beauty salon and ask a professional to remove them for you. The best possible outcome is that the same professional who previously did the manicure is also responsible for removement of dip powder nails.

In comparison to gel polish, there is no bending in the application process of dip powder nails. That prevents any potential breakage common in the gel method. On the other hand, dip powder nails may look chunkier due to the repeating application process.

What is the difference between dip powder nails and acrylic nails?

Most women say that dip powder nails are lighter and gentler on the hand in comparison to acrylic. Dip powder nails can be an ideal solution, if you love natural and long-lasting results. On the other hand, if you like experimenting with different tips and shapes, then acrylic nails can be perfect for you.

How can I remove dip powder nails?

Dip powder nails should be soaked for 15 minutes in the pure acetone and eventually shaped and filed. If you are not sure whether you will be damaging the keratin on your nails during the movement, you should seek professional advice.

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