6 Things to Know Before Getting Dip Powder Nails

Chances are you’ve seen dip powder nails at least once while scrolling through Instagram. The process, which involves dipping your finger repeatedly into a small pot of powder, is undeniably satisfying to watch. But if you’re wondering what it is and if it’s actually any better than, say, gels, you’ve come to the right place.

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1. Dip Powder Nails Are Gentler On Your Skin.

Dip powder manis use a special sealant instead of a UV lamp to set or cure the pigment so you don't have to worry about extra UV exposure on your hands.

2. They're Easy To Apply.

They typically require less precision than other manicure types since the powder only adheres to the sealant (and not your cuticles) when you brush it on.

3. Powder Nails Are Extremely Durable.

In terms of strength and texture, dip manis lie somewhere between gel and acrylics. They’re stronger than the former but more flexible than the latter and can last up to a month (especially if you keep your nails and cuticles well-moisturized).

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4. Dip Manis Not Available At All Salons.

This may be attributed to sanitation risks. Think about it: Tons of people dipping their fingers into the same pot of powder? (Yeesh.) The safest bet is to use your own products—or ask your technician to paint or pour the powder directly onto each nail.

5. They Need Proper Removal.

Though you could remove a dip mani at home, we’d recommend going back to the salon. Because of how the powder is bonded to the nail (the main ingredient is cyanoacrylate, which is used in Krazy Glue), it typically needs to soak in acetone longer than other types of manicures.

6. Powder Nails Are No More (or Less) Damaging Than Gels, Shellac Or Acrylics.

Again, there are definite pros to powder (mainly no UV light and lasting results). As for being "healthier for nails," from our experience, that has more to do with proper removal and maintenance in between than the type of manicure. Bottom line: They’re a good option if you lead an active lifestyle and want something more durable. Just make sure you get them taken off every month.

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Jenny Jin is PureWow’s Beauty Director and is currently based in Los Angeles. Since beginning her journalism career at Real Simple magazine, she has become a human encyclopedia of...