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.
Gel nails involve the use of a gel that is cured under an UV (ultraviolet) or LED (light emitting diode) light. You can kind of think of the gel mixture as a pre-mixed acrylic. The polish is noted to last for two solid weeks, preventing chipping and peeling.
In order to apply gel polish, a nail tip is applied first if the nail length requires being extended. Then three layers of the gel are applied: a base coat, polish color and top coat. Each coat has to be cured (hardened) in an UV light for two to three minutes. The nails are filed and then polished with the color of your liking or decorated with art.
Acrylics have been a staple in the beauty industry for years, and this staying power has contributed to their ongoing popularity. The term “acrylic nail” usually refers to liquid and powder mixes, which are combined into a blob of dough, shaped onto the nails with a brush, and then air dried. When the acrylic hardens, it provides a perfect canvas for applying nail color.
A special brush is required to apply the mixture of polymer powder and a liquid monomer on polished real nails. Then the mixtures start to harden in 30-40 seconds in room temperature. Since the mixture hardens very quickly, this technique takes cumulative years of practice and experience.