Dipping Powder: What is it?

Dipping Powder: What is it?

Tired of chipped nails? Don’t want to use a UV or LED lamp to cure your gels? 

Dip Powder is a nail product that lasts traditionally longer than gel and polish and is easy to DIY! Which is why we are here, to provide you with beautiful dip powders for a manicure that you can do at home. 
It’s called “dip powder” because you dip your nail into the powder in order to apply it.

Is Dip Powder Healthy?

To be honest, all nail services can be healthy. It all depends on how you apply and remove the product.

In order for the product to be “healthy” for your nails, you need to make sure you are not damaging the natural nail with drill bits that are not intended for the nail plate or removing the product in ways that would cause unnecessary damage to the nail plate (i.e. picking off the product)

How does it work?

Dipping powder is somewhere in between acrylic and gel polish. Dipping powder comes in powder form (much like acrylic) but requires resin to cure the powder (a substance that comes in a polish like bottle).

This resin or “dip liquid” traditionally comes in a 3-step process: Bond, Activator, Top Coat.

Depending in which brand you choose for your dip liquids, the steps can vary in name, but they serve the same role:

Base/Bond: the brush on resin that you apply before dipping your nail into the powder. 
Activator: the hardening liquid. This liquid will “cure” your dip powder by causing it to harden. This step does not require a UV/LED lamp and is what sets Dip Powder apart from gels.
Top Coat: this liquid is similar to the base/bond but it provides the nail with a smooth and glossy finish.

You’d apply your base liquid, then dip your nail into the colored powder of your choice. You can find many tutorials on DIY Dip Powders on YouTube right now.  

How do you remove it?

Your method of removal is based on personal preference. There are several ways you can remove dip powder:

- e file. 
- soaking off with cotton balls, aluminum foil and acetone.
- soaking off with acetone in a sandwich bag.



Let us know if you have any questions or need dip liquid recommendations! We’d be happy to help!

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