Dip Powder Manicure – The New Nail Revealing
Dip powder nails offer an ideal alternative for those seeking a chip-resistant manicure without the added hassle and variety provided by traditional polishes or gel manicures. Their larger selection of colors also makes this option a more viable choice than usual.
However, when considering getting a dip manicure, make sure that the salon provides information about their application process. Many places simply pour powder into containers without regard for potential contamination risks.
It’s for everyone
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For those who love gel manicures but dislike when their nails chip every time you wash the dishes or are concerned about UV exposure to their hands and skin, this could be your perfect manicure option: strong like gel yet long-wearing like acrylics without needing UV lights to set.
Experts estimate that a Dip Powder Manicure may last up to one month. As with other manicures, however, it should be removed and replaced regularly to allow your natural nails time to grow back.
Dr. Dana Stern emphasizes the importance of making sure your nail technician adheres to proper hygiene protocols, particularly with regard to using the same container or mixing powder from one client to the next using one brush, or dipping fingers directly into an open container containing powder from various clients. Failure to do this could result in bacterial contamination that leads to nail infections such as fungus.
It’s easy to do
The exact process may differ depending on which salon you visit, but here are a few steps that you should expect:
At first, nails must be prepared by pushing back cuticles and applying dehydrating product in order to help the powder adhere. After this is completed, each nail is then dipped in clear base layer serving as adhesive before being colored with pigment for color creating pigment. Finally a final clear layer protects polish.
Your manicurist will work on one nail at a time before applying a brush-on activator, a type of clear gel that cures in the air without using UV light, before topping them off with dip powder – unlike traditional acrylics which require extensive buffing and filing, dip powder is gentler on nails; however, it is still important to give your nails time off between services (particularly between dip powder and acrylic services), as constant exposure to acetone can weaken natural nails over time.
Dip manicures tend to be more costly than their gel polish counterparts at a nail salon, but the extra investment could be well worth it if longevity is important to you. At-home manicures may prove cheaper. With some practice and perseverance it should become possible to complete them yourself and save some money in doing it this way.
Joy Terrell of Powder Beauty Co in Los Angeles boasts that professional manicures can last up to a month without needing fills or touch ups, as long as they’re done right. A typical manicure entails applying base coat, primer and adhesive coat, followed by clear polish. A technician then dips or brushes acrylic resin mixed with colored powder into thickening layers before adding an activator spray for ultimate set up.
Dip manicures differ from regular nail polish in that they don’t require UV light curing, making the entire process faster and cost-efficient as one jar of dip powder may last for 30 manicures instead of having to purchase new polish each week.
Dip powders provide more color choices than gel polishes, making it easy for nail artists to be creative with them. Plus, there are kits designed specifically for at-home use that promise salon-quality results; an Amazon bestseller from Azure Beauty (see here for instance) includes all of the color powders and liquids you will require as well as replacement nail files, dusting brushes, extra base coat and top coat.
If you visit a nail salon for a dip powder manicure, be wary of their sanitation process. It would be unsanitary for nail technicians to apply product directly onto multiple clients’ nails at once or let excess fall back into the pot between clients – both options could pose major health hazards.
Dip powders tend to be less damaging for natural nails than acrylics, though you must still pay attention when selecting length and design. A professional can soak off these types of coatings within 15 minutes without causing damage or peeling of nails.