Nothing makes the hand feel more beautiful than a perfect manicure. Manicure adds elegance to just about any hands just as a makeup adds beauty to the face, especially when applied in front of the right mirror. Dip, Gel, and Acrylic are some of the most popular manicures to beautify your nails. Though applied on the same surfaces – these manicure materials are very different from one another and come with different pros and cons.
Here we go for Dip Powder or SNS nails. This manicure showed all the rage in the beauty world. So, what are dip nails? Well for starters, it’s a simpler, quicker and healthier nail application option compared to the usual acrylic and liquid gel. But gives you the same finish and look as a gel manicure.
What are Dip Manicures?
Dip powder nails are a "diet acrylic," somewhere between a regular mani and an acrylic setup. It's similar to a gel in the sense that it's fusing a color substance to your nail. But, instead of using UV rays to seal in your polish after it's been delicately painted on, the color comes from a pigmented powder.
Benefits of Dip Manicure:
Unlike gel, dip manicures and pedicures do not utilize UV rays. Instead, they are created using a powder made up of a polymer and resin, or glue, to create a bond on the nail that comes in a variety of colors. Dip powder is the newest nail technique on the market, rivaling gel and acrylic manicures in longevity and versatility; you can think of it as the happy medium between those two. Everyone strives for a long-lasting manicure or even one that just simply, will last the full two weeks, dip powder can give that to you and more! Dip Powder allows you the flexibility of being able to grow out your thin, brittle nails, still protect them, and have them look amazing. Using the Dip Powder allows there to be an extra layer of protection on top of your nail to prevent further breakage and allow the natural nail to grow without fear of breaking from opening a soda can. Not only is it great to use on natural nails, it also won’t chip or peel like other polishes. This Dip Powder is formulated without harsh chemicals, has added vitamins to help strengthen your nails, and won’t damage the nail bed. There is no need for monomer, since the system is applied with a series of adhesive-like glazes. Although the dip powder application requires a few more steps than a traditional gel or acrylic manicure, it can be done in the same amount of time in a salon or, for your convenience; it can be done in the comfort of your home. Another big benefit of dip powder nail is also that you can paint over dip nails too, as the dip powder will be sealed with a final top coat before you leave the salon. That being said, why get a long-lasting manicure only to paint over it? If you only need to temporarily change up your nail color, say for a job interview, you should be able to paint a neutral shade over your dip polish, and then remove it with non-acetone nail polish remover, and still preserve your manicure underneath.
Dip Manicure Application:
Dip polish is quite easy to apply. The technique is as simple as it can imagine from its name. First, your nails are prepped and primed in exactly the same way that they are for acrylic application. Depending on whether you just want the SNS on top of your natural nails (what we would refer to as an ‘overlay’) or whether you want extra length, tips may be glued on and filed at this stage. Your technician will then brush on a layer of bonding agent, and immediately dip your nail in the colored powder of your choice. This process is repeated four to five times, to create the required strength and structure. Finally, an activator is brushed on to set the nails. Like acrylic, SNS quickly air dries so there is no need for an LED or UV light. Although there is a process for infilling, many salons do not provide SNS fills, so when you return with regrowth you will have to do a full removal and re-application. It is removed by soaking, in the same way that Shellac is removed.
Considering that you invest a good amount of time and money into your nails, it is essential to take care of it too. Furthermore, not taking good care of the nails could damage your natural nails. It should also be mentioned that dip nail powder contains vitamin E and calcium that actually make your nails healthy. However, make sure to buy quality dip polish so that you can enjoy all the benefits of this type of nail polish. In fact, the most important thing to know about dip powder or gel is that neither inherently causes damage to the nail. Instead, damage is caused by improper application or removal of nail coatings. If your dip powder, gel polish or enhancement is picked, pried or peeled off, it can cause damage to the nail. If several or all of your nails consistently burn or get warm when filed during the nail service, they are being damaged by over-filing.