Need-to-Know Facts About Dip Powder Nails: Pros, Cons, and FAQs

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Aug. 10, 2020

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Dip powder nails are a long-lasting alternative to a traditional manicure. Unlike gel nails, they don’t require UV light to set and are simple to do from home. 
If you’re ready to join in the #dipnails trend, but you have questions, we answer them in this quick guide. Discover the pros and cons of a dip powder manicure and how it gets done. 

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What is Dip Powder and, How Does It Work?
The powder is usually made out of the same stuff as acrylics are, except with color added. 
First, you’ll go through the standard manicure-prep. Once your nails are clean, buffed, and shaped, you can proceed.
Instead of mixing the adhesive and powder to mold a new extension, glue is applied to the nail. You follow up with your standard layer of base coat.
Then, you dip each nail into the colored powder—or your nail tech will apply it to keep the dip pot clean. 
It’ll dry almost instantly: no UV light, finger-waggling, or fans necessary. Slick on some top coat, and you’re done!

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The Good 
Long-Lasting
If you’re fed up with your manicure flaking to pieces less than a week later, dip powder could be the solution. It’s renowned for being ridiculously durable—your nails can stay flawless for up to one month. 
Simple and Fun Application
Powdering your nails is almost as straightforward as using standard liquid polish. You won’t need fancy equipment, like a UV light or a nail fan. 
It’s also super satisfying to dip your nails in a jar of and watch them emerge colored!
Versatile Colors 
You won’t be limited when selecting your favorite color—there are nearly as many options as traditional polish and more coming out every day.
The Bad
Tough Removal 
Unfortunately, durable dip powder nails come at a price—they’re not easy to take off. 
You can remove them from home safely, but if you can’t face putting in at least 30 minutes this manicure might not be for you.
Might Look Bulky
If your nail tech isn’t experienced or you’re new to dip powder, your nails might look oddly bulky. You can definitely go overboard with the powder application: less is more.
Potential Allergies
As with any acrylic substance, allergies are a possibility. If you notice a rash around your nail bed or elsewhere on your body after getting them done, you could be allergic.

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Dip Powder FAQs
#1. How Long Does a Dip Powder Manicure Last?
You can expect picture-perfect nails for up to one month. Chipping or flaking is rare, although peeling might occur if the powder wasn’t applied correctly.
#2. How Do You Remove Dip Powder?
You’ll need acetone and lots of it. Your nails will either have to be wrapped or soaked for up to 20 minutes to get them bare again safely. 
#3. Does Dip Powder Damage Nails?
In and of itself, no. However, improper removal or a poor-quality powder can cause damage. 
You should also let your nails breathe between manicures!
#4. Can You Do Dip Powder Nails from Home?
Yes, and that’s one of the reasons they’re an awesome choice. Application is low-effort and maintenance is zero-to-none.
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