The Right way to remove dip powder manicure finish

The Real Way to Remove Dip Powder Manicures

The Real Way to Remove Dip Powder Manicures

Debunking Misinformation

I am amazed at all the misinformation out there about how to Remove Dip Powder Manicures and general nail health. It’s time to debunk the urban legends. A retired nail technician friend told me that she refuses to a dip powder manicure, despite health industry professional statements assuring the safety of that finish.  When I asked why, she said (with a serious face) “Do you know how they remove that finish?!  They DRILL!”  I think I just stared at her, speechless for once. Folks, none of the technicians I know “drill” off any kind of nail color!  

The Right way to remove dip powder manicure finish

Removing Dip Powder Manicures - and Other Healthy Nail Tips

Dip Powder manicures last for several weeks, so enjoy the benefit and don’t try to change them daily.  When it is time to change them, there are several steps involved, but no drills. First, your technician is likely to file down the top layer.  That’s a big difference from drilling.  Next, the remaining coat is soaked in acetone.  We’re not talking about hours here; we’re talking about maybe ten or fifteen minutes. 

Finally, the technician will gently scrape off the excess color and use acetone to remove the last bits of polish.  That is how salon professionals remove your dip powder nail colors.  There is NO drill involved.

With that said, there are certain tips for keeping your nails healthy when you regularly use and remove dip powder manicures. 

1. Try a Single Nail Test

The very first time you try a dip powder manicure, have one party nail done.  Some people have a sensitivity or allergy to different nail products, and this test will let you know if you’re a dip powder candidate.  If you get swelling, itching or discolored skin around that nail, bumps on surrounding skin or the nail lifts up, you may need to go a different route.  After seven days if there is no skin reaction, have the rest of your hands done.

2. Insist on Dapping Cup to "Skip the Double Dip"

Let your nail technician know you want the Dapping Cup and NO DOUBLE DIPPING.  There’s a popular phrase from the American Academy of Dermatology Association.  “Skip the “double dip”.  The Dapping Cup is an affordable device by GAIA that measures enough powder for one dip powder manicure and no double dipping.  It can be disinfected between patrons, and no one has to share infections.  Because it’s only $19.99, and reusable once disinfected, we think it’s a steal of a deal.  (note: there are lots of other GAIA products that save time, but the Dapping Cup offers protection unlike other options out there today.) 

3. Avoid Cutting Dry Cuticles

Pushing or cutting your cuticles can lead to infection.  Instead, make sure you moisturize your hands regularly, especially during the winter months.  You can use cuticle oil, Burt’s Bees moisturizing balm, or petroleum jelly left overnight to soften rough dry cuticles.  The overnight treatment gives your hands time to heal without all the hand washing and sanitizing done during waking hours.

4. Check Out Your Naked Nails Between Colors.

After your color has been removed with acetone, check your nails before the next color is applied. Look for changes from the nails’ natural state.  Noticing changes like discoloration, nail lifting up or skin changes, gives you a chance to catch health problems quickly.  If you find problems, give your nails a rest before getting another dip powder manicure. Sometimes our skin just needs a little down time before it’s ready to go once more.

Right Way to Apply and Remove Dip Powder Manicures

Enjoy Dip Powder manicures, knowing that many industry professionals feel it is a safe, enduring finish that other manicures can’t match.  With GAIA’s Dapping Cup, those manicures can now be done without the double dipping that used to mar the technique.  There is no drill involved in color removal; acetone is used to remove dip powder manicures.  It’s time to clear out misinformation and follow true healthy tips to finally relax and enjoy the dip.

Note:  Health Information in this article was in part verified through the American Academy of Dermatology Association and

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