What are Dip Powders?
Dip Powders started as a safe, healthy alternative to traditional acrylics and gel polish. The smell, the time to apply, and the effects on the nails all left customers wanting more. Dip Powders have no monomer odour when applied, can be done in about a third to half the time as acrylics, and soak off easier than gel polish, leaving the nail healthy and beautiful after removal.
Why are Dip Powders so popular?
Compared to acrylics, Dip Powders are faster to apply and don’t have an odour. They leave the nail bed healthy and undamaged. Dip Powders are more durable than gel polish and just as durable as acrylics, and can come in any colour, with glitters and other colour effects. You can get the same appearance as gel polish and also the perfect pink and white with same durability as acrylics. Dip powder can stay on natural nails for 8 weeks (provided you want to let it grow out that long), good luck with just getting two weeks with gel polish! Since the process is faster than acrylics by a third or half the time, a product that feels more natural and healthier for their natural nails. The application time for dip powder is very similar to gel polish, but is easier to remove than gel polish.
Why is Dip Powder Healthier?
To answer this question, let us address the issue with gel polish and traditional acrylics. Traditional acrylics and gel polish contain ingredient called methacrylate and methacrylate is known for weakening/softening nails beds. Have you ever worn traditional acrylics and gel polish for a long time and had to them remove and you noticed that your nail beds are extremely soft and weak? Well, it’s the methacrylate in the formulation that weakens and soften your nail beds. People say that it’s because your nails can’t breathe, which is not true because your nail do not breathe at all! Traditional acrylic monomer uses EMA( Ethyl Methacylate) and some salon even use MMA (Methyl Methacrylate – banned by FDA) as the main ingredients. Gel Polish contains some higher molecular weight methacrylates such as HEMA (2-Hydroxyethyl Methacrylate), HPMA (2-Hydroxypropyl methacrylate), Bis-GMA (bisphenol A-glycidyl methacrylate) as part of their formulation. These methacrylates weaken/soften nail beds. There are studies that have shown that roughly 25% of the population shows sign of being allergic to methacrylates and being a nail tech you will run into some of these people because they develope noticeable signs around their nail beds. You might think that 25% seems too high, but chances are a lot of people that are known to be allergic to methacrylate got their nails done once and it will be their last time because of it.
Dip powder does not use any methacylates in the formulation. The liquids are based on Cyanoacrylate, which is similar to crazy glue or glue that is used in the hospital to seal a cut rather than getting stitches. Although the hospital uses Octyl Cyanoacrylate and the nail industry uses Ethyl Cyanoacrylate because it is harder and more durable. People that are allergic to methacrylates can wear dip powder without any issue. Since dip powder does not contain methacrylates, your nail beds do not soften at all, you will notice after the first application how strong your natural nails are and especially how strong you will be after wearing it for an extended period of time.