Which should I get, Dip Powder, Gel, or Acrylic?
If you are someone who gets their nails done professionally on a regular basis, or maybe just on special occasions, I am sure you have heard of gel and acrylic nail manicures. But there is a relatively new procedure that you may not have heard about called dip powder.
Dip powder, gel, and acrylic are all based on ingredients from the acrylic family. Of course, just because these products are based on the acrylic family doesn’t mean they are all the same. Each category has advantages and disadvantages as discussed below:
Dip Powders started as a safe, healthy alternative to traditional acrylics and gel polish. Instead of using UV rays to seal in your polish, the color comes from a pigmented powder. Between a sealant and base coats, you dip the nails into a jar containing powder of your desired color for a manicure that lasts 3 to 4 weeks.
This is a great alternative for those who are allergic to various ingredients in Gel and Acrylic Nails. Dip powder does not use ingredients found in Gel and Acrylic that are known to result in allergic reactions.
The dip powder method involves painting nails with a special primer coat, then another coat of base coat, before the fingers are dipped in a jar of colored powder. The dip powder nails dry naturally.
- Dip powder nails look natural and the powder actually provides more strength than gels.
- Because nothing is glued to your natural nails, your nail bed remains healthy and undamaged.
- If applied correctly, dip powder can last for up to four weeks.
- Dip Powders have emit no odor when applied.
- Can be applied in about a half the time used to apply acrylics.
- Soaks off much easier than gel, leaving the nail beautiful and healthy after removal.
- Dipping is comparatively new to nail technicians, so they haven’t quite gotten used to the routine as much as they have for acrylic and gel polish nail manicures.