What are dip nails?
We think it’s nice to know our options, whether we’re manicure connoisseurs or just dipping our toes (or fingers) in the beauty trends pool. However, dip nails have recently become popular again, and high-profile influencers are raving about them. This nail is more often referred to as “dip powder” (SNS nails).
It’s a matter of dipping your fingernails in a tinted powder to apply the polish. If you want to use it at the salon or at home, you can do so. Although the process is quite literal when performed at the salon (correctly), it doesn’t have the same effect when done at home. Sanitation will take priority over the “dip” experience. Your nail artist will brush the powder directly onto your nails so you won’t have to share the pot.
What is the cost of a dip manicure at a salon?
Having dip powder nails done in a salon can cost anywhere from $30 to $100. If you request embellishments, the price may go much higher at a higher-end nail salon, but it is likely to be at most $100.
Alternatively, if this is still out of your budget, there is a great way to get dip powder nails from a professional for much less. This is a bargain option if you need more time or want to learn how to apply dip powder nails, especially if you have a nail technician school nearby.
Schools for beauticians and nail technicians always need a steady supply of honest people to practice. A common fear that keeps people from going to trainees is that they will get unprofessional or wrong nails.
How to remove dip nails at home?
The process of removing dip nails requires a little patience, but Terrell says it’s worth it. The removal process is just as crucial in maintaining the appearance of pins as the application. You can remove dip nails the right way by following this guide.
1. Foil method
As a dyer, you likely already have the majority of materials needed to do this project.
Collect the materials
Besides acetone (nail polish remover won’t work), aluminium foil, cotton balls, 180-grit files, orange-wood sticks, and cuticle oil, you will need the following items. Be sure to cut your foil into small squares so that it will fit around your fingertip, and leave portions of cotton balls large enough to cover your entire nail.
Polish the surface smooth
Push your cuticles back gently using an orangewood stick. You should then buff off about 2/3 of the polish from your nails, using the grittier side of your nail file. Be careful not to file down to the nail bed. Remove any excess dust with a brush.
Use cotton and foil
Work on one nail at a time by laying a two-inch square of foil under your finger. Use your acetone remover to saturate your cotton ball. Then wrap each cotton ball tightly with foil. Repeat for each pin.
Take off the foil
Remove the foil slowly, wiggling the cotton ball and foil back and forth as you remove it. Repeat this for 10 to 15 minutes. Remove any surplus with an orangewood stick. Any dip that remains should be rewrapped and soaked. Don’t pick it apart.
Exfoliate and nourish
Once the majority of the dip has been removed, buff all of your nails using your nail file. Buff the surface with a soft cloth after brushing away dust—afterward, massage cuticle oil into your nail beds, such as LeChat Nails Nobility Cuticle Oil.
You can become sick if you breathe in alcohol smell. Furthermore, removing it takes a long time. So, wear a mask while you do this.
Buff the natural nails carefully to prevent damage.
2. The soaking Method
As long as you’re prepared to clean up afterward, it’s faster and messier than foils.
Collect the materials
Cuticle oil, two sandwich bags, 100% pure acetone, a bowl, and two sheets of paper towels are required for cleaning your cuticles.
Warm the water
Put the bowl in the microwave for 2 minutes after about half the water has been added. Hot water shouldn’t burn you, but it shouldn’t be scalding either.
Prepare the paper towels
In each of your sandwich bags, fold one paper towel in half and place it at the bottom. Once the paper towel is saturated with acetone, pour in more.
Use hand protection
Let your nails be bare while you cover your hands in cuticle oil. Although you could use hand cream, the oil creates a more effective barrier. Your polish will soak much easier if you do this to prevent your hands from drying out from the acetone.
Timings should be set between four and five minutes. Fold a paper towel over your fingers and place them between the sandwich bag and your nails. Add the hot water to the entire pack. As you scrunch the paper towel with your hand, the polish will be broken up. Repeat on the opposite hand.
Using a nail file, remove any residual traces of dip polish. Rinse off the acetone and residue. Using a cuticle nipper, gently chip off any stuck at your cuticles, or try soaking for another minute if necessary. Finally, apply cuticle oil to all of your nails.
Make sure the warm water is suitable for handling.
Never soak your nails longer than 15 minutes each time in nail polish remover.
Using a cuticle pusher is highly recommended because natural nails become very soft after soaking in nail polish remover; they may becoming damaged.
Gently buff the nails.
The care you need to give your nails after removing a powder dip manicure
Even though long-lasting manicures are fabulous, neglecting your nail beds can inevitably harm your nail health. Terrell offers these quick tips on how to maintain strong nails before and after using dip powder.
Take a break from manicures
To prevent your nails from becoming brittle and dehydrated, T l recommends taking a break from dip powder manicures every two to three months.
Get a nail treatment
When you’re taking a break, moisturize your nails with an intensive strengthening and moisturizing treatment. As Terrell explains, it’s like applying a mask to your hair. Terrell himself loves to use keratin and calcium to heal weak, brittle nails. He uses these products like IBX and Rejuvacote.
Frequently use cuticle oil
Terrell advises clients to keep nails and cuticles hydrated with cuticle oil every day. Cuticles protect the nails, as well as extending the life of the manicure by using cuticle oil. The sweet almond oil we use at Powder is full of beneficial vitamins and is non-greasy.”
To protect your nails and skin, you must follow caution and read the warnings carefully. Both methods are effective in removing dip powder nail gel.
It is easiest and most effective to remove dip powder polish with these two methods.
The removal process for the dip powder nail is easy, so if you were afraid of doing it, you shouldn’t be. These steps will make it easy to remove dip powder nail polish without damaging your skin and natural nails.