Dip powder manicures are here!
We’re excited to announce that we’re offering a new service at Chickettes Natural Nail Studio… dip powder manicures! Many of you have asked us about this service as it’s gained in popularity in our area recently. If you aren’t sure what it is, dip powder is a resin and powder system that creates a strong, colored overlay on the natural nail. It’s an alternative to gel polish that’s stronger and longer-lasting. Dip powder manicures are a great solution for clients with thin or weak nails that can’t hold gel polish for the full two week duration.
Frequently Asked Questions about Dip Powder Manicures
How much does a dip powder manicure cost? – The cost of services can be found on our online booking site. Dip powder manicures cost slightly more than gel polish because the service takes a little longer, and the results last longer.
How long does a dip powder manicure last? – Dip powder manicures last up to 3-4 weeks without chipping or peeling. The only downside with waiting this long to changing your manicure is that you will have significant growth showing. We find 3 weeks to be the ideal duration.
Is it safe? Will dip powder damage my nails? – Dip powder is perfectly safe to use on natural nails. As with any nail service, proper techniques for prep, application and removal are key to maintaining healthy nails.
Is dip powder difficult to remove? – No! The removal process is very similar to gel polish removal, but is actually faster and less damaging to the nails. We debulk the nails using an e-file and then soak them with acetone using cotton and foil. After about 5-10 minutes, the resin dissolves and slides right off of the nail. Only a small amount of buffing is sometimes needed.
How long does it take for a dip powder manicure to dry? – The dip system doesn’t use a light source for curing/drying. An activator is applied to the nails that causes the resin to dry quickly. After the final top coat application the nails are perfectly dry in less than 3 minutes!
Is dip powder sanitary? – Yes! When performing this service the clients’ nails are dipped into a jar of colored acrylic powder. Many salons dip every client into the same jar of powder. We’re a little sketchy about the sanitation of that process, so we pour the powder into a small individual container for each service. It does waste a small amount of product, but sanitation is one of our top priorities!
Can I still get nail art with a dip powder manicure? – Initially we are not offering nail art services with the dip powders, but accent nails are an option. In time we will introduce new nail art techniques with the powders. It’s a new medium for us, so we have to learn some new techniques.
What does a dip powder manicure look like? – It looks similar to a gel polish manicure. Sometimes it can have a slightly thicker appearance, but we do our best to give the nails a good shape that doesn’t look bulky. Also the top coat isn’t quite as shiny as gel polish, but it still has a nice glossy finish. All of the photos on this page are examples of dip powder manicures.
Is a dip powder manicure the same as an acrylic overlay? – Not quite. Colored acrylic powder and resin are used for this service so it doesn’t have the odor of traditional acrylic, and isn’t as thick. Dip powder manicures offer a strong protective coating for your natural nails. The strength is somewhere in between gel polish and traditional acrylic.
This sounds awesome! How do I book? – Visit our online booking page to check on available appointment times. Currently, Andrea (that’s me!) is the only technician offering this service… others will be coming soon.
A few photos…