The Obsession with Dip Powder Nails at Home…Is this for Me?

So you’re new to the dip power nail game. You might be wondering if you should start doing your nails at home. Is this DIY nail thing for me? What should I consider before starting? I had so many questions when I started! Here are the questions I suggest asking yourself before starting:

What are dip powder nails?

What exactly is dip powder? You may have also heard it called “SNS”. Nail techs often use SNS brand dip powder in salons. SNS is the “Kleenex” of dip powder. Dip powder is a type of nail enhancement similar to acrylic. It is a finely-milled powder applied in a series of glazes.

How hard is it to do dip powder nails at home?

How technical is doing dip powder nails at home? I have no professional experience doing dip powder nails, and I consider dip power to be suitable for beginners. If fear is holding you back from trying, then it’s worth a shot! I was thrilled with what I could accomplish at home.

What’s the time commitment?

How long does a dip powder manicure take? Removal can take up to 30 minutes. A dip powder manicure takes anywhere from 30 minutes to multiple hours depending on nail length and design. Sometimes it felt like it took forever, but I kept reminding myself that I’m not a professional.

How often do you dip your nails? One of the great things about doing your own nails at home is that you can change up your manicure as often as you’d like! I waited three weeks in between fill ins when I went to the salon so I could stretch a buck. I redo my nails around the 10 to 14 day mark depending on if I have any lifting.

Do I have to use tips?

Do you put dip powder on real or fake nails? Dip powder works as a nail enhancement on both real or fake nails. I use dip powder on my real nails because it allows my nails to grow out. Without dip powder on my nails, I can’t achieve much growth because my nails constantly break.

Is it damaging?

Does it damage nails? I remember acrylic nails at the salon making my nails super thin. Thankfully dip powder doesn’t really damage nails. The main source of nail damage is over prepping and improper removal. It also helps having control over how much of your natural nails are buffed.

Will I spend a fortune?

How much does it cost to get started? Depending on what nail accessories you already have it could cost as little as $25 to get started and up to several hundred dollars. Some fanatics spend thousands, and their collections surely reflect it!

Will I save money over going to the salon? It depends. If you already go to the salon, then there is a chance you will save money. But if you don’t go to the salon then you probably won’t save money because buying new dip powder can get addicting, fast! You might even spend more than when you went to the salon. There are so many amazing colors out there you will definitely want to collect them all!

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Must Have Accessories for Incredible Dipped Nails at Home

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