More information about Dip Powder:
Dip Powders are a brand new trend taking over the nail industry, but a lot of people are learning about them for the first time and we hear a lot the same questions, so this intended to answer a lot of questions and help get you started with Dip Powders!
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 odor monomer odor 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 odor. 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 color, with glitters and other color effects. You can get same appearance as gel polish and also the perfect pink and white with same durability as acrylics. Salon owners love dip powders because they can charge $5 more per visit than a typical gel polish application and in return the clients are getting a product that is healthier for their natural nails and more durable than gel polish. Dip powder can stay on natural nails for 8 weeks (providing if you want to let it grow out that long), good luck with just getting two weeks with gel polish. The other reasons why salon owners like dip powder is that it replaces doing traditional pink and white with acrylics because dip powder is just as durable as acrylics and you can the perfect pink and white. Salon owners typically charge the same price for pink and white for dip powder as they do with acrylics. Since the process is faster than acrylics by a third or half the time, this means more clients in your chairs and clients love wearing dip powder because it’s a faster application (not that they like sitting in your salon for so long) and they get a product that feels more natural and healthier for this natural nails. The application time for dip powder is very similar to gel polish, but this product is easier to remove than gel polish.
Why are Dip Powder Healthier?
To answer this questions, 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 do not use any methacylates in the formulation. The liquid 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. Try it out on something that you know is allergic to traditional acrylics or gel polish. Since dip powder does not contain methacrylates, your nail beds do not soften at all, your clients will notice after the first application how strong their natural nails are and especially how strong it will be after wearing it for an extended period of time.
How do you apply Dip Powder?
The process is very simple once you have the steps down, for a more detailed explanation about the application, please see our 18-minute video above or request a details application instructions. Here is how the process works and what you need:
1) Apply Step#1 - Prep to all 10 fingers
2) Apply Step#2 - Probase to one finger (do one hand at one time)
3) Dip finger into powder
4) Apply Step#2 - Probase again
5) Dip finger into powder again
6) Repeat step #2 through #5 until all five fingers are done.
7) Apply Step#3 - Activator to the all five fingers, make sure you get a generous amount on the nails and all the edges (including capping the front edges)
8) Repeat step #2 through #7 for the second hand
9) Use a fine grit file to hand file the surface of the nail, all the edges, and cuticle area. This product is very easy to file.
10)Wash both hands with only water – NO SOAP!
11)Dry both hands completely with a towel – water will affect adhesion of the Finish Gel.
12)Apply a thin layer of Step#3 - Activator to one hand, then wait about 30 seconds
13)Apply Step# 4 – Finish gel quickly to all five fingers
14)Apply second coat of Step#4 – Finish Gel to all five fingers again.
15)Repeat Steps #12 through #14 for the second hand.
16)Your nails should be dry to touch after one minute – apply cuticle oil to nail beds.
Do you need a UV light?
You do not need a UV light. This is another benefits associated with Dip Powders, you don’t have to be concerned about any potential harm associated with using a UV light. Yes, there are studies that have shown that nail lamps are safe to use and other studies that have shown that it increases chance for cancer. You can decide which one is correct…
How do I get started?
To do Dip Powders, you need a set of 5 liquids and a powder. We have a start kit that provides all five liquids that you need and one powder sample. You can choose the color that you want.
The kit contains these five liquids:
1) Step#1 – Prep
2) Step#2 – Probase
3) Step#3 – Activator
4) Step#4 – Finish Gel
5) Brush Softener – if the even that you brush hardens, you can use this to soften the damaged brush. Just swap out the brush in the brush softener and the damaged brush. Clean the brush softener off until the color is gone and you can use that brush while the damaged brushed is repairing for 13-30 minutes.
6) One 2 OZ color powder of your choice.
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