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What Are Dip Powder Nails? What You Need to Know
Are your friends talking about dipping powder nails and how you should get it too? If you're a social media butterfly, chances are you've come across a dip powder process on your Instagram or TikTok feed. But what makes dip powder a worthy nail choice? Read on to learn more!
What are dipping powder nails?
Dipping powder nails, also known as dip nails or SNS (Signature Nail Systems) nails, are a type of artificial nail that uses a powder to create a more durable and long-lasting finish. Unlike traditional acrylic nails, which are made with a liquid monomer and a polymer powder, dipping powder nails use a pre-mixed powder that is dipped directly into a liquid solution before being applied to the nail. This creates a stronger and more resilient nail that is less likely to chip or break.
Dipping powder nails are also known for their glossy finish and natural-looking appearance.
‍What are the benefits of dipping powders?
There are several benefits to using dipping powders for artificial nails. One of the main benefits is that they tend to be more durable and long-lasting than traditional acrylic nails. Because the powder is already mixed with the liquid solution, the resulting nail is stronger and less likely to chip or break.
No curing with UV lights: One advantage of dipping powder nails over gel nails is that your hands don't have to be cured by UV lights, and your nails still dry in minutes.
Wide range of color choices: With a growing demand for dipping powder nails, brands are scrambling to market with endless color options. Just like traditional nail polish, you wouldn't have any trouble finding the colors of your choice.
Great for nail designs: your technicians can also get very creative with nail design because you can dip, and sprinkle powders on your nails. Generally, it's a lot more simple to create beautiful nails design with dipping powder compared to acrylic nails.
Less damaging to nails: Dipping powder nails also tend to be less damaging to the natural nail than acrylics, which can cause the nail to become weak and brittle over time.
How long do dipping powder manicures last?
Dipping powder manicures can last up to two or three weeks, depending on the individual's nail growth and activities. This means that it is less likely to chip or break, and can therefore last longer without needing to be touched up. However, like any type of artificial nail, a dipping powder manicure will eventually need to be removed and redone to maintain a fresh, healthy appearance.
Do all nail salons offer dip powder?
Not all nail salons offer dip powder manicures. Dip powder nails are a relatively new trend in the world of artificial nails, and as a result, you might not find dip powder nails available in all salons in your local area. It is always a good idea to call ahead and check with the salon to see if they offer dip powder manicures before making an appointment. Alternatively, you can search online for salons in your area that specialize in dip powder nails.
How do you remove dipping powder manicures?
There are a few different ways to remove dipping powder manicures, but the most common method involves soaking the nails in acetone for about 10-15 minutes.
Once the nails have been soaked, a wooden cuticle pusher or a metal cuticle spoon can be used to gently scrape the nail to remove the powder. It is important to be careful when scraping the nail, as the acetone can make the nail bed soft and delicate.
After the powder has been removed, the nails should be washed with soap and water to remove any remaining acetone. The process of removing dipping powder nails can be time-consuming and labor-intensive, so it is always a good idea to visit a professional nail salon for this service.
How should you take care of your dipping powder manicure?
To take care of your dipping powder manicure, it is important to avoid activities that could damage the nails, such as typing too hard on a keyboard or using your nails as tools. It is also a good idea to avoid exposing the nails to water for extended periods, as this can cause the powder to become soft and weak.
To keep the nails looking their best, it is recommended to apply cuticle oil or moisturizer to the nails daily to avoid using harsh chemicals or cleaning products that could damage the finish. Additionally, it is a good idea to have your dipping powder nails touched up every two or three weeks to maintain a fresh, healthy appearance.
What's the difference between dipping powder nails and acrylic nails?
The main difference between dipping powder nails and acrylic nails is the type of product used to create the artificial nail. Acrylic nails are made using a liquid monomer and a polymer powder, which are mixed together to form a thick, pliable substance that is applied to the nail.
Dipping powder nails, on the other hand, use a pre-mixed powder that is dipped directly into a liquid solution before being applied to the nail. This creates a stronger and more resilient nail that is less likely to chip or break. Additionally, dipping powder nails are known for their glossy finish and natural-looking appearance, whereas acrylic nails often have a matte finish.
What's the difference between dip powder nails and gel nails?
Dip powder nails and gel nails are both types of artificial nails that can be used to enhance the appearance of natural nails. They are both applied over the natural nail and require a curing process to harden and set. However, there are some key differences between the two types.
For dip powder nails, the technician first applies a base coat to the natural nail and then dips your nails into a powder made of acrylic resin. The nail is then coated with a sealant to protect the powder and create a glossy finish. Dip powder nails are generally more durable and longer lasting than gel nails, but they can be more difficult to remove and may damage the natural nail if not applied or removed correctly.
Gel nails, on the other hand, are created by applying a layer of gel polish to the natural nail and curing it under a UV or LED light. Gel nails are more flexible and less likely to chip than dip powder nails, but they may not be as durable. Gel nails can be removed by soaking the nails in acetone, which can be harsh on the natural nail.
Both dip powder nails and gel nails offer a wide range of colors and designs, and can be found at most salons and spas in New Zealand. When removing your nails, it's important to get them removed professionally to avoid damaging your natural nails.
How much do dip powder nails cost?
The cost of dip powder nails will vary depending on a number of factors, including the nail salon you visit and the level of service you receive. In New Zealand, you can expect to pay between $50 and $60 for a dipping powder overlay and $65-85 for a full set dipping powder extension.
Some salons may offer discounts for first-time customers or for customers who book multiple services at once, so it is always a good idea to shop around and compare prices before making a decision.
Additionally, it is important to keep in mind that the cost of dip powder nails will also depend on the type of design or embellishments you choose, as more complex designs will typically cost more.
Is dip powder bad for your nails?
Dip powder nails are generally considered to be less damaging to natural nails than traditional acrylic nails. This is because the powder is mixed with a liquid solution before being applied to the nail, which creates a stronger and more resilient nail that is less likely to break or chip.
Additionally, dip powder nails do not require the use of a nail drill or other mechanical tools, which can cause damage to the nail bed if used incorrectly. However, it is always important to have your dip powder nails applied and removed by a trained professional to minimize the risk of damage to your natural nails.
If you're looking for a professional nail salon specialized in Dipping Powder Nails, 1999 House of Nails is one of the top choices for nail salons in Christchurch. Make sure to Book in an appointment with us for a nail treatment of your choice!
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Gel Manicure

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Everything You Need To Know Before Getting a Gel Manicure
We're giving you permission to treat yourself 💅✨
Manicures are a fun way to indulge in self-care and a little extra pampering. No matter if you take biweekly trips to your local nail spa or set aside sometime after your classes to freshen up your nails yourself, a new paint job will have you ready to share a nailfile (nail selfie) with all of your followers on Insta and TikTok. Traditional nail polish can get the designs and textures you've been itching to recreate, but if you're swamped with hands-on projects or are stuck on dishwashing duty, you may notice that your man is may begin to chip within days of getting them done. That's so not fun, especially when you're paying your hard-earned coins for it.
Getting a gel manicure can deliver a chip-free set that lasts up to two weeks or more. You can snag your favorite gel polish hues and lamps to cure your set at your fave drug stores, and beauty e-tailers. Plus, gel manis are super simple to achieve, and you can even give yourself a new paint job from the comfort of your dorm if you're miles away from your beloved nail tech at home.
We tapped celebrity nail artists Mar Y Sol, Miss Pop, and Jaclyn Duguay-Gordon, a manicurist at Green Tangerine Salon and Spa, for their expert tips and tricks for getting the best gel manicure and how to make it last extra long.
Like any beauty treatment, it's important to understand exactly what you're getting into before getting your first gel manicure. From the preparation process to potential side effects, read ahead for everything you need to know about gel manicures.
What is a gel manicure?
A gel manicure is a service that uses a gel-based polish and requires a UV or LED light to cure the polish and lock it onto your nails, says Duguay-Gordon. "Gel polish is more durable than regular polish," she says. And while regular polish can chip as quickly as two to three days, a gel typically stays chip-free for weeks.While gel manicures look just like your regular old mani, the added benefits are that they last longer, are super shiny, and give your nails a sturdier feel. Plus, the beauty of a gel manicure is that anyone can get one, whether your nails are super short or Kylie Jenner-long.
How long do gel manis last?
The biggest benefit of gel manis is how long they last. "Gel manicures could last up to two weeks with proper nail prep and at-home care, such as cuticle oil and hand lotion," says Duguay-Gordon. And if you're careful, they can last up to four weeks.
If you have a bunch of events coming up back to back like prom, internship interviews, and family vacays, gels can be the perfect solution.
How much do gel manis cost?
The cost of a gel mani depends on where you live, and what kind of look you want. Basic one-color gel manis start around $35 to $40, according to Duguay-Gordon. But if you want crazy celeb-level nail art, it could end up costing around $100 or more — and that's not including the 20% tip.
Are gel manicures worth it?
If you get traditional manis on the reg or have a big spring break trip coming up that you want chip-free color for, gel polish is def worth the splurge. They only cost around $10 to $15 more than a regular manicure. But if it's just for one night or you're on a budget, you might want to opt for press-on nails or a regular manicure.
What's the difference between gel and acrylic?
Gel and acrylic are completely different — acrylic nails are made with a powder dipped in solvent. "They're essentially used to lengthen the nail or provide a stronger top layer over the natural nail," says Miss Pop. Think: the crazy-long coffin nails Kylie Jenner is obsessed with.
Because acrylic nails are an extension, they tend to look more artificial, despite lasting between three to four weeks. Mar Y Sol, the self-proclaimed "nail nerd" behind manicures worn by Bella Hadid, Lil Nas X, and Dixie D'Amelio, recommends getting acrylics filled every two to three weeks to preserve the overall health of your natural nails.
Sometimes acrylic nails come in colors, but they're usually clear or natural-toned. Gels, on the other hand, come in nail polish shades and finishes. They are made hard by curing under a UV or LED lamp.
You can, however, use gel polish on top of acrylic nails (if you want both length and color) to help achieve fun decorations. When it comes to rocking acrylic, removal is one of the more difficult aspects. If you do not use the correct products, or if an acrylic nail extension breaks, you can severely damage your nail bed. It's best to visit a nail salon to have your acrylics removed or repaired.
What's the difference between gel and dip powder?
Dip powder has officially entered the chat. Available in a wide variety of shades and finishes, dip powder delivers up to three-week-long wear without being cured or sealed with a UV lamp, like gel.
The magic behind dip powder is hidden in its formula. "Dip powder is made of a finer acrylic powder," Mar Y Sol explains. Instead of brushing the polish on like traditional nail polish, each nail should be dipped into the powder after applying a layer of base coat. Once you achieve the desired pigment (which is usually two coats), apply a top coat or an activator, and then you're all set.
Applying dip powder can be a bit more time-consuming than gel polish because you have to dip each fingernail, shake off the excess, and make sure you don't run into any issues like air bubbles or an uneven finish.
Do gel manis damage your nails?
Not when they're done correctly. "Gel manicures are not bad for your nails when professionally done," Duguay-Gordon says. "It can be damaging though, without proper nail prep, application, and removal." A common misconception is that gel manis damage your nails when in reality, the removal process is usually the most harmful part.
Avoid picking the gel off yourself (we know it's tempting), and if you're getting your nails done at the salon, be sure your nail technician isn't filing, buffing them down, or using a drill to remove the polish. This can severely damage your nail beds.
Many people worry about getting gels because they fear their nails won't be able to "breathe," but Duguay-Gordon assures us that nails don't breathe, as they're dead to begin with. The whole idea is a myth, but it is kind of cute to imagine your little nails with micro-nostrils.
How do you safely remove a gel mani?
Your nail beds and cuticles are what's most important — they're made of living tissue, which is why you need to be careful during the application and removal process. DON'T rip them off. You can either have gels removed at a salon safely (it usually costs around $10-$20) or remove them yourself at home with acetone, tin foil, cotton balls, and a nail file.
If you go to the salon, make sure your technician is removing your gels carefully. "No one should be scraping your nail bed aggressively. The product should just crumble off," says Miss Pop.
If you want to save money and a trip to the salon, just be extra careful. Here's how Duguay-Gordon recommends removing your gels safely at home:
1. Get a bottle of 100 percent acetone and a glass bowl.
2. Break the seal off the top coat with a light grit file.
3. Soak the nails in acetone for about three minutes.
4. Gently scrape the jelly-like substance with a wood stick cuticle pusher.
5. Once all is removed, gently buff the nails.
6. Moisturize with cuticle oil and hand and nail cream.
Are the UV lights dangerous?
UV lights are the magic that makes gel manis last for the long haul. The lights cure the nails, helping the paint dry quickly and securely. Recently, there's been some concerns across social media about the long-term effects of UV light exposure due to gel manicures. These concerns were raised with good reason. According to board-certified dermatologist Dr. Marisa Garshick, a recent in vitro study found that "UV nail polish dryers can cause DNA damage, cellular damage, and increased mutation formation." Double-board certified dermatologist Dr. Brendan Camp agrees. "Ultraviolet radiation can damage skin cells as well as proteins in the skin like collagen and elastin," he explains.

According to the New York-based doctor, this exposure can increase the risk of skin cancer and accelerate the skin's aging process, forming premature dark spots and wrinkles in some cases. He recommends applying a "broad-spectrum, water-resistant SPF 30 minimum sunscreen to your hands and fingers 15 to 20 minutes" before each gel manicure sesh. If you'd like to take your preventative measures up a few notches, Dr. Camp also suggests "dark-colored, opaque gloves with the fingertips removed."
Luckily, there have been huge improvements in gel technology, and many brands have converted to LED curing. Dr. Camp warns that while LED lamps are "considered safer," LED lamps emit a "different wavelength" than UV lamps. No matter if you use UV or LED to cure your next set, Dr. Camp still recommends using sunscreen and gloves as protective measures.
Do at-home gel kits work?
Unless you're familiar with proper nail prep and application, Duguay-Gordon cautions against using at-home gel kits. "If not properly done, the gel polish may lift, causing some damage to the natural nail."
But if you're pretty confident in your nail skills, try them out if you want to save money on your weekly mani. At-home gel kits last a bit longer than a regular manicure — maybe 10 days — but are not salon quality. You have to follow the instructions to the last detail and have a pretty steady hand to get a perfect, salon-level gel nail.
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• Fresh Lime/lemon purified spa water has natural chloride for foot sanitation.
• Salt on water
• Organic Sugar Scrub helps exfoliate dead skin.
• Frozen Fresh Aloe Vera works as an antioxidant, containing enzymes that have vitamins A & C to help with dry skin and acne.
• Cream Mask relaxes muscles, relieves tension caused by arthritis and stands for a long period of time.
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Massage with a hot stone is a fabulously relaxing and indulgent way to relax, release tension and achieve balance.
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