When it comes to manicures these days, there are countless options to choose from – traditional polish, acrylics, hard gels, gel polish, a sports mani, and dip powders. But you may wonder, what’s the best manicure? One manicure option that has become increasingly popular among nail addicts and fashionistas is the dip powder mani.
If you’re looking for a long-lasting manicure with rich pigmented color that doesn’t chip and won’t damage your nails, a dip powder mani may be for you. If you’re a newbie to dip powder, we’ll break down the ins and outs of a dip powder mani and all of its benefits so you can decide if it’s right for you at your next salon visit.
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What is Dip Powder?
Before we go over all the major benefits of dip powder, it’s important to understand what a dip powder mani actually is, and how it’s different from other manicure options. In short, a dip powder involves the application of a super fine colored powder onto an adhesive liquid base. Once the desired color is attained, a liquid activator is applied, curing the dip powder. Finally, a thin layer of a clear top coat is applied which hardens the nail to a hard glossy finish. The removal process is similar to gel polish, soaking the nails in acetone-soaked cotton to remove the product. When removed correctly, dip powder won’t damage the nails.
While dip powder has actually been around for over 30 years, it’s recently become a cult favorite, and we’ll explain why.
Because of its durability and hard resin-like finish, dip powder won’t chip like traditional polishes or peel like gel polish often does. When applied correctly, dip powder remains chip-free until you remove it.
Promotes Long and Healthy Nails
When it comes to the strength and durability of dip powder, it also provides added protection to your natural nails without damaging them, preventing them from breaking, tearing, or chipping, allowing them to grow long and strong. However, it also depends on the type of products you choose to use.
Many nail products out there often contain a long list of harmful or toxic ingredients that ultimately weaken your nails over time causing them to become brittle and break. High-quality product lines like SNS, the leaders in the dip powder industry, actually formulate their products with a range of healthy ingredients that nourish your nail beds and promote healthy growth, making your nails healthier with each and every application.
Incredibly Long Lasting
Probably one of the top benefits of dip powder is that it’s super long-lasting. Compared to other popular manicure options, dip powder’s lasting power and durability definitely takes the cake. When properly applied and maintained, a dip powder manicure can last more than two weeks, and some dip powder aficionados claim it can even a month without any chips.
No More Smudged Nails
It’s probably safe to say one of the dreaded parts of getting your nails done, is when your nails are still wet and you run the risk of ruining them. A great benefit of dip powder, when compared to other manicure types, is the fact that it doesn’t need any time to dry, allowing you to go about your day immediately after your nail service is finished. They also don’t require any UV light making them a healthier alternative to gel polish. The liquid activator and top coat used in the application process immediately cure your dip powder manicure to a hard, glossy finish.
Great Alternative to Acrylics
Acrylic lovers, rejoice. Those who typically get acrylics might find dip powder to be the perfect alternative. Not only is a dip mani much faster, but dip powder is much safer too. Many acrylic products contain a variety of toxic chemicals that can cause irritation or worse, an allergic reaction. Acrylics also tend to cause more damage to your natural nail during the heavy filing during the application process as well as removal, causing your nails to become weak and brittle. On the other hand, dip powder involves a much gentler application and removal process that won’t damage your natural nails unless, of course, you pick or peel your mani to remove it.
Unrivaled Color and Finish
When it comes to color and finish, dip powder outshines, quite literally, all other manicure types. Dip powders come in a wide range of deeply pigmented colors and shades to suit every mood and provide a glossy, brilliant shine that lasts.