How Long Do Dipped Nails Last? A Guide for Beginners

How Long Do Dipped Nails Last? A Guide for Beginners

Wondering how long your dip powder stays on your nails? We found the answer for you!

Acrylic and gel nails have been a contender with these nail dipping powder kits. While acrylic and gel nails offer their own perks, dipping powder manicure kits provide a finish that potentially lasts the longest out of the three options. So just how long are you able to keep dipping nails on? This informative article can answer your unanswered questions, so you'll know when to form your next manicure!

So before we go further, how do we avoid lifting?

Part of why nails pop off is that your natural nail is like an old cellulose sponge. Ever notice how when they're wet, they're plump and, when they're dry, they are all shrunken up, hard and brittle?

We might not notice this is happening to our nails but it is. Dipping powders can really hold well, until you take a shower and wash your hair. Then  you may start to get lifting. We think this is because the nail itself is minutely swelling and shrinking, making the adhesion around all of the edges to begin breaking down. 


So here are a  few things that you can do.

One: you can keep applying oil to the cuticles and underneath the side of the free edge every day so the nail is plumped up and saturated with oil all the time. Oil and water don't mix, right? So it helps to keep that wet/dry cycle from ever happening. If your nails are well hydrated it's supposed to protect them from water. I know that sounds like the opposite of what we want--especially when actually applying the enhancement, but there are lots of people who swear by it including Kristine from Simply Nailogical on YouTube.

    Second: you can wear gloves any time you know your hands will be in the water for more than a 20-second washing. So if your fingertips look like prunes, what's happening to your nails, right? Seriously others consider using thin exam gloves to wash their hair. If you have curly/dry hair so you only need to wash it once a week). Some of us are terrible about remembering to put oil on our nails--but when you DO remember, it really does work!


      So now, let’s have your question answered!


      Based on research, dipping manicures last up to 14 days or more in real-life use. Some can also last up to 18 days before it has been ready for a change. It is often longer or shorter.

      Unlike regular manicures, dip powder treatments can last up to a month. Dip manicures are imagined to last 3 weeks, but they'll even last up to a month or more counting on the extent of at-home care after the treatment is applied.

      Have no fear, Double Dip got you covered! Double Dip's best nail dipping powder starter kits provide high quality yet budget-friendly products that are proven and tested to last long on your nails! We also have informative and straightforward YouTube video tutorials that are best for beginners for the perfect at-home dipping manicure.


      Here’s a couple of tips that would result in long-lasting beautiful nails

      Ensure the cuticle area has been prepped as clean as possible along with the rest of your nail bed. Having a prepped nail bed, removed of excess oil, allows for the dip powder to adhere longer on the nail bed. Oil or dirt residue left on the nail bed would cause the powder not to adhere as well to the natural nail.

      Also, if the powder was applied too thin, they also tend to come off faster. Depending on how long your natural nails are, 2-4 coats is the average amount of coats for dip powder to last sufficiently on the nail. Applying multiple coats will increase the longevity of your nails, especially if you work a lot with your hands. Four coats are what I would recommend for short to medium natural nails, lasting about 2-4 weeks.

      Lastly, be sure to use the clear base dip before dipping the color powder and carefully polishing the colored powder on the nail bed without touching the cuticle. The clear base is what really helps the nails to stay on. And avoiding polishing on the skin or cuticle would reduce the risk of nail lifting and breakage.

      The step-by-step process of doing your nail dip manicure is really a big deal! If you're being extra careful or doing it right it will actually stay but if not, then you might miss out on something with your dipping techniques or with the process. We believe that we have our own style or technique to achieve that flawless long-lasting nails without chipping or damaging your natural nails. But as they say, practice makes perfect! So just hang in there!

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