As with fashion, nail trends tend to come and go. Michelle Humphrey, the phenomenal nail stylist who works with celebrities like Lorde and Dua Lipa, shared some of her favorite manicures from 2019 with Elle. If adventure with bold colors is your thing, you are lucky. “Lollipop and gummy bear sounds” are one that is well suited for spring. If you do not like all the intense colors, Humphrey recommends that you try a subdued yellow shade, such as mustard. Even with daring nails that have such a warm look in 2019, colorless nails can be just as fun – especially if you opt for high gloss transparent nail extensions.
In addition to choosing the perfect color, there are other nail options to consider – especially when obtaining artificial nails. You can select your ideal shape, from square to almond and everything in between. You may even choose your material, which is perhaps the most difficult part. From gel to acrylic to the increasingly popular – and perhaps the most controversial – type: dippoeder. Are you wondering what all this hype is about? Here is all you need to know about dikkopnels before you think about it to get them.
They’re still acrylic
“Fake” or artificial nails, no matter what kind you choose, they all share a common basis. “All the ingredients that are used to make an artificial nail – whether they are glued, cured by UV or mixed with a liquid and powder – are based on the acrylic family,” Doug Schoon, a chemist, co-chairman of Nail De The advice of the manufacturer and the president of Schoon Scientific and Regulatory Consulting told it themselves.
The popular nails with the name “acrylic” are made by melting a liquid and a powder together to create a gel-like substance. “Gel” manicures are essentially the same, but come in a ready-to-use gel form and are cured or hardened by placing the nails under UV light for at least a few minutes. Although the “dip powder” seems revolutionary, especially in the beginning, it is actually not that different from the other types. The technique gets its name because, after applying the binder, the nails are immersed in a colored powder of choice and finished with a covering top layer.
A “diet acrylic”?
While manicurist dipp powder is still acrylic, celebrity manicure Erica Marton told Glamor that they look more like a ‘diet acrylic’, because they are a kind of intermediate version of a normal, painted manicure and artificial nails. You may think that this powder is a better choice than a traditional acrylic manicure, and that is logical in theory. Unfortunately, that is not the case.
Ariel Zuniga of nail studio Vanity Projects in New York discusses the adhesion used in submersible manicures. According to her, it is “a very cheap product that often contains MMD, which is extremely harmful to natural nails and is banned in NYC.” MMD, better known as MMA, is methyl methacrylate – and it is not only banned in New York. More than 30 states have banned the professional use of the substance.
Reader’s Digest advises your nail technician to ask about their products before you have your nails ready. You can often see if MMA is used by the chemical odor, which is “sharp and fruity,” according to the publication. It does not smell like other liquid acrylates. If your nail studio applies a mask before applying the binder, it is an indication that the product is unsafe.
They contain this Krazy ingredient
If you do your due diligence and visit a reputable salon, hopefully you do not have to worry too much about methyl methacrylate used in manicures for thick powder. Nevertheless, you may be surprised to know that the legal binder used in dipp powder is cyanoacrylate. No? Does not sound familiar? In essence it is Krazy Glue. While your nail technique does not paint Krazy Glue glue on your nails – at least we do not hope – both products contain the same main ingredient: cyanoacrylate.
According to the Krazy Glue website, cyanoacrylate was used to stop the bleeding and to close the wounded wounded wounds during the war in Vietnam. Although the brand claims that this is apparently not the intended use of Krazy Glue today, cyanoacrylate is still formulated for medical use. Druggist and nail expert Doug Schoon revealed in an article on his site that “cyanoacrylate monomers (also known as resin) are great for many purposes in nail studios.” Hmm, not so Krazy.
Nail dips aren’t new
Although dip powder manicures may seem like a new trend, they have actually been around for a long time. Denise Gottschalk, owner and nail stylist at Nailz “T” Go in Laurium, Michigan, told Nails Magazine
Although they were not taught about dipping systems at school, they dated a bit at the end of the nineties. According to the publication, immersion nails were actually the go-to-manicure in the early 1980s – when other acrylic systems were the only ones
Dip systems would take a while in a back seat, which is a shame for nail stylists, because they are much easier to apply than acrylic or gel nails. Ricky Huynh of Amazing Nail Concepts at Wellington, Florida, explained to Nails Magazine and said, “The learning problems are not that high because acrylic brushes are not needed to build the nail, no lights, electric fans or French cutting tools.”
They don’t take as long to apply
Dip powder manicures, and even their ancestors of the retro dipping system, win when it comes to how long they take to apply. “Nails do not require UV / LED light and are usually a much faster process to apply from start to finish, a licensed nail technician Harli G. revealed to Elle, and let’s face it, wait until your nails are dry as Well, look at paint-dry, it is the most boring, and perhaps the most important, part of acrylic and gel manicures.
The ability to apply them quickly was what nail studio owner and technician Denise Gottschalk initially interested in dip systems. “I was fascinated that the nail technology did my stuff in 30 minutes and even hung around to see her complete set within an hour,” Gottschalk said about her first experience with the original dipping system. The ease and speed of the application in combination with their nice name only increases what dermatologist and nail specialist Dana Stern called their ‘instability’.
You don’t have to worry about skin cancer
As the technician of the nail, Harli G., told Elle, it is not necessary to expose your hands to UV light after getting a manicure from a dipp powder. This not only saves you some time in the nail studio, it also eliminates the risk of skin cancer that goes hand in hand with gel manicures.
Although the chance to get skin cancer from the UV lamps used in nail studios is relatively low, one study (via Reuters) showed that the lamps caused damage to skin cells, which is a potential precursor of skin cancer, after somewhere between eight and eighteen visits. On average, 11 visits to the nail salon are sufficient to increase your chances of skin cancer.
“I would not tell a patient to stop unless they go several times a month,” the lead author of research, dermatologist Lyndsay Shipp, told Reuters. Instead, she and her team recommended that you carry sunscreen on your hands when you go to the salon. Of course you can skip the sunburn and skin cancer risk with dip-powder nails.
They can take longer to remove
What you will probably not see while scrolling on Instagram is the process of removing nail powders. That part is not exactly Instagram worthy, but it is something that you should be aware of. The fact is that the entire time that you thought you would save during the application is amply compensated during the removal. As with gel maniacs, weeks are required to remove a manicure with dipping powder.
“One thing people do not understand is that if it says fifteen minutes of withdrawal, that’s the minimum time,” nail expert Doug Schoon told Self. “It can take 15 minutes if you take them on the same day [as an application], but if you wait two weeks or four weeks, it can take thirty minutes.” Yikes. Yet it is important to keep watering because trying to scrape your manicure – even if you think you are doing it cautiously – is a bad idea. “That’s the same as saying that I’ve knocked you gently in your nose,” added Schoon.
You shouldn’t actually be dipping your nails
Dip powder is a bit of a misnomer. Or rather, it should be. Despite how cool it looks in Instagram videos, you should never immerse your nails in a jar of powder in a salon. “It is incredibly unhygienic for multiple customers to dip their fingers in the same container with powder, and even pour the product over the nails of multiple customers and drop the product powder into the container is an easy way to pass on nail infections between customers, “explained nail technician Harli G. to Elle. “If you notice in one of those ways that technicians apply the immersion powder, leave LEOF and go to another salon.”
Nail expert Doug Schoon agrees. On his site he revealed that if several clients dip their fingers in the same powder, the risk of transmission of “an infectious micro-organism that can lead to an infection” increases. Yes, it’s pretty dirty. If your technician pours powder – which is the most hygienic way – make sure it is not done over a shared container.
You shouldn’t do them yourself
A surefire way to avoid cross-contamination powders is only to use your own, right? Well, thanks to brands such as SNS Nails and Revel Nail, you could definitely buy your own pots or powder and perfectly perfect your manicure at home without the risk of getting some nasty infection. But just because you can, does that mean you should do that? Unfortunately, it is probably not a good idea to start on this path.
“I would never recommend to do [gel or dip powder manicure] as do-it-yourself at home, because for both treatments there are chemical products that can damage the skin or nail plate if they are not applied correctly” , revealed Harli G. in an interview with Elle. “Even professional products and products that are marketed for home use contain harmful chemicals, so it is only safer to go to a salon for both gel and dipping treatments.”
They can last for months
One of the selling points of dip powder nails is their endurance. Nail technician Elaine Ling Lee, who works at Valley Salon in New York, confirmed to Insider that this style of manicure is indeed “a long-term manicure”. It can last – maybe you want to sit down – eight weeks. A manicure of two months? That may sound dreamy, but it is actually more of a nightmare. First think of what nail specialist Doug Schoon said? The longer the dip powder remains, the longer it takes to remove it. Imagine the removal time of a manicure of eight weeks old. Eek.
It is also not good to go that long without seeing your natural nails. Dana Stern, dermatologist and nail specialist in New York, told the publication: “The nail is a window on our health and so the nail covers the potential ability to see if a problem is going on.”
They “dehydrate the nails”
Even if you do not leave your nails for a few months in a row, your nails will remain damaged. “Dipp powders are temporarily harmful to the nails, because the sealing layer of your nails is broken during this type of manicure,” explains Josephine Allen, a nail technician at a Samuel Shriqui Salon, which is also Essie’s flagship store, to PopSugar. “Dip powders also have a tendency to temporarily dry out the nails.” Although the damage is very real, it is not permanent. So, if you’ve jumped the gun and booked your appointment, do not worry. Do not worry too much.
“The root of the nails will not be damaged during the process and a new layer of nail will continue to grow,” Allen confirmed. But do not believe that the claims that dippoeder is a safer or “healthier” alternative to other traditional manicures. According to the expert this is not.
They’re not the best option for this style
Your top priority when choosing a nail type may not be entirely about which is best for the health of your nail – we understand that. Sometimes it’s just about choosing the one that you like best. Nail technician Harli G. told Elle that “gel nails have a tendency to look a bit more natural on the nails than a reinforced [powdered] spray.” As such, she personally prefers the gel.
If you go for one of the “delicate pure iridescent manicures” of which the celebrity predicts nail studio Michelle Humphrey, will be on trend throughout the year 2019, you may want to stay away from dipp powder. According to Humphrey, this look evokes ‘super-fine subtle glitter, not thick or opaque’. She added, “We want to see the nail plate underneath.” Of course, if you choose something bolder, you may prefer dip nails instead of acrylic or gel.
Many salons refuse to offer dip powder nails
Dip powder nails can be anywhere on the internet, but finding a salon that she offers can be a challenge. Rita Pinto, founder of Vanity Projects, a high-end nail salon in New York City, told PopSugar that she decided not to give her customers this kind of manicure because of the health risks. Ruth Kallens, founder and partner at Van Court salon, will not put them on the menu either. As mentioned earlier, she told Glamor that she is afraid that the binder might contain the forbidden substance methyl methacrylate. But that is not the only reason. She continued: “Dippsters are acrylic, I do not use acrylic because the removal process is so damaging to your nail plate.”
If you really want dull powder painters and can not find a salon that does it, you might be tempted to try out the do-it-yourself version, which, as you now know, is also not recommended. It may not be the answer you are looking for, but if technicians refuse to offer these increasingly popular manicures, which are likely to be very profitable because of the risks, you may want to think twice before trying.
If you do get dip powder nails, try this
If you decide after careful thought about the pros and cons of dip nail nails that you want to continue with it, nail technician Josephine Allen told PopSugar that you should first apply a tissue paper or nail wrap to your nails. “A manicure in which paper surrounds the free edge of the nails can take up to two weeks,” explains the expert. “This manicure is healthier for the nails and is not roughened during the process.”
According to Nails Magazine nail wraps, like dip powder systems, are a stunner from the past. In the early 1980s, nail seals were made from a variety of materials – linen, fiberglass, mesh, paper, silk, etc. – and applied to the nail. They are kept on the nail with resin or can be embedded directly in acrylics and gels. Nail technician Vicki Peters told the site that nail wraps are a good option because they do not cause damage to the natural nails of a person. When used under a manicure of a dippoeder it works essentially as a barrier and because dippoeders are not exactly the best for your nails, every little bit of nail protection helps.