Dip powder nails, also known as SNS nails, have become a popular choice for many people looking for a long-lasting, durable manicure. While dip powder nails can provide a great manicure experience for most people, it's important to be aware of how to use them safely.
First up, cleanliness is next to mani-godliness! Keep your tools clean by washing on hot soapy water. You can disinfect your tools, but if you're just doing your own nails at home it's not necessary unless you're sharing your tools.
One concern that may arise when doing dip powder manicure is the potential for damage to the natural nails. Usually damage to the natural nail comes from incorrect removal of your dip powder, or over-filing.
To minimize this risk, it's important to ensure that you're removing the dip powder in the gentlest way possible.
This means no picking! Popping your dip powder nails off can take a layer of nail with it which at best will slowly thin the nail...or at worst, cause the nail to lift from the nail bed.
The safest way to remove your dip powder nails is the "baggie method" - this involves soaking your fingers in warm acetone to remove the dip nails - it's super quick with minimal damage to the nails.
Alternatively, you can use a nail drill to file the dip powder off - we recommend using a clear base or builder gel under your dip so you don't accidentally hit the natural nail.
Additionally, it's important to avoid over-filing the nails, as this can cause the nails to become too thin and more prone to damage.
Another concern is the potential for exposure to harmful chemicals. The main ingredient in the dip powder base coat is cyanoacrylate, which is used in hospitals to glue wounds - this is clearly non-toxic!
That said, dip powder liquids can trigger allergies in sensitive people so if you're prone to respiratory allergies, make sure you do your nails in a well-ventilated area to reduce the risk of potential sniffles and stuffiness.
You should also consider using a dust mask while filing to prevent inhaling the dust.
Skin related allergies are very rare with a dip powder system.
In conclusion, dip powder nails can be a safe option for most people when used correctly. By following proper safety guidelines, cleaning, and prepping the nails, choosing a reputable brand, and ensuring that your mani area is well-ventilated, you can minimize the potential risks and enjoy a beautiful, long-lasting manicure!