There are many perks to getting dip powder nails, but perhaps the most attractive is the fact that they last longer than most other polishes (even your beloved gel). Dip powder polish — also known as dip uses a combination of nail resin (similar to a glue) and colored acrylic powder to create a durable manicure that can last three to five weeks if properly cared for. Dip nails are longer-lasting than gel, but not quite as durable as acrylic.
The downside? Because dip nails consist of several layers of resin and powder, they create a thick manicure that’s not exactly the easiest to remove, especially if you’re doing it at home by yourself. But rest assured, if you can’t get to a salon to have them professionally removed (and there's a 99.9 percent chance you're not going to be able to for a while) there is a way to safely remove dip powder nails at home without wrecking your natural nails. Here’s how to do it, according to three experts.
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Get Your Tools Ready
If you’ve ever removed your gel manicure at home (or given yourself a DIY manicure), you’ll be familiar with the list of tools needed to get the stubborn polish off:
- nail clippers
- a double-sided file with two grits (100/180, if possible)
- a nail buffer
- pure acetone
- an orange stick or metal cuticle pusher
- a bowl/Soak off clips
You’ll probably want to set up an area near a window or a fan because the acetone fumes can be very strong. And don’t forget to cover the table or surface you’re using with a towel to prevent any stains or scratches.
1. Cut and File
If you have any added length from the dip powder, take your nail clippers and cut off the extension down to your natural nail length. Nail artist Ashlie Johnson says this is a hack for speeding up the entire process. Next, use the coarse side of your nail-file (100) to remove the seal, the shiny top coat of your dip manicure, by buffing. "The thinner the (dip powder) layers, the less time you’ll have to soak your fingers later," says Johnson.
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2. Soak Your Nails in An Acetone Bath
Before you soak your nails in acetone, nail artist Amy Le has a tip to help protect your skin: rub petroleum jelly on your fingertips and into your cuticles, avoiding your nail bed. "This will help prevent the skin around your nails from drying out," she says. Next, pour the acetone into a bowl and place both hands in, fully submerging each nail (you can also use two smaller bowls if it’s too crowded in there). In order for the dip powder to loosen, you will need to soak your nails for at least 10 to 20 minutes, says Le. A good indicator you’re done? The dip should flake off easily. If it doesn’t, she suggests soaking your nails for an additional five to seven minutes. Remember: Patience is your friend during the removal process.
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3. Soak your nails in our Finger Soaking Clips
Although these nail soak-off clips appear smooth and sleek, they are made with a special rigid surface that allows for a good clasp onto your finger without slippage. No need to worry about them slipping while you’re soaking your hands. You are free to move your fingers and hands around while you wait for your nails to soak. Removing nails has never been easier than this.
- Be sure to buff out the top layer of your nails to allow for quicker removal.
- Wet an adequate-size cotton ball or pad with nail remover/acetone
- Place it in the clip and clasp to finger
- Allow 10-15 minutes to soak. (Time may vary depending on how long/thick the nails are)
4. Gently Push the Dip Off Your Nails
Once the dip loosens and begins to flake, take the metal pusher or orangewood stick and lightly scrape off the polish, starting from the cuticle area to the end of your nail. "The dip should come off without applying too much pressure on your nail bed," says Monserrat Rodriguez, nail artist and owner of Shears and Laque nail salon in Rancho Cucamonga, California.
5. Buff and Shape
If there are tiny pieces of polish remaining, don't worry. Take your buffer and gently rub them off. Buffing will also even out the texture of your nail and create a smooth finish. If the shape of your nails is jagged and uneven, take your nail file (180) and create your ideal shape, but keep your length on the shorter side, especially if they seem weak. Johnson says this is the best way to prevent damaged nails from breaking or splitting.
6. Hydrate and Massage
Last, but certainly not least, replace all of the moisture you just lost. Your nails (and skin) will likely be dehydrated from the acetone soaking and filing. You can use our cuticle oil bottle that is available on our website or any lotions that you can get your hands on.
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