Are you having trouble with your dip liquids? Specifically your Top and Base coat liquids? Worry no more cause we made an article for you! Just keep on reading to know more about the easiest hacks and tips on how to save and protect your liquids!
The reason behind the top coat hardening or becoming gooey is that individuals are not waiting long enough for their activator to dry.
Different brands formulate their products differently. The best thing to do is an experiment and play around with the timing. We recommend waiting a long time at first just to prevent your brush from hardening right away on your first go and then slowly try to decrease the time to find the appropriate wait time for you.
Please note that there is no “correct” wait time for any brand’s activator, only an estimated time. This is due to the fact that everyone is different and the amount of activator they apply, how long they take to apply it, the amount of dip powder they have on their nails, and other factors combined vary among all customers.
In the same sense as the base coat, if you notice your top coat brush starting to harden, please immediately change out the brush and switch to an uncontaminated one.
In addition, please DO NOT stick your contaminated brush back into the bottle. This will lead to contamination of all of the liquid and you will need to purchase a new bottle.
We recommend that you always wipe your brush on a lint-free paper towel after every use just to make sure that any contaminated parts are quickly removed. When putting a brush into our brush cleaner, the brush will not be usable right away. You must leave the brush soaking for about a day in order for the bristles to separate and for the rest of the brush to unharden.
Also while you wait for the activator to dry, if you wash your hands please do not wash them with soap until you are completely done with your nails. Our liquids are sensitive like many others, certain factors can interfere with how the liquids perform.
Important notes to remember!
To prevent your liquid bottles from getting glued shut or getting unnecessary dried residue on the neck of your bottle, please keep up with cleaning it daily.
When taking your brush out of the bottle, please try to not get any excess liquid outside of the neck of the bottle. You want to keep everything contained so that it does not spread and result in a sticky bottleneck.
Please take a cotton pad and soak it in acetone to clean the neck of the bottle after you are done using it. Furthermore, please also soak a cotton swab with acetone and clean the inside of the bottle cap.
These steps are essential in ensuring that your bottles can freely open the next time you’re trying to do a new manicure. Please take great care in keeping the acetone OUTSIDE of the bottle and do not let it contaminate the brush or liquid.
If you closely follow all of these steps your liquid bottles should stay as good as new! 🤗
In addition, always make sure to wipe the neck of bottles clean after each use. DO NOT store in a damp room as they are temperature sensitive. Always store them in a cool and dry area, away from direct sunlight. If products are kept in temperatures exceeding 85°F they will have shortened shelf lives, and storing them in areas exceeding 100°F can cause them to thicken and harden quickly in the container.
Another tip, before storing away your Dip essentials, make sure you clean your bottles well with acetone or alcohol. This will help you prevent product buildup around the lid which could dry making your product nearly impossible to open.
Hack: If your bottle is glued shut and you are unable to open it, we recommend soaking it in warm water for 10-15 minutes. If you are still unable to open your bottles, please DO NOT try to force them open.
More FAQ articles that might help with your dipping journey with us: Updated FAQ with Double Dip – Double Dip Nails (doubledipstore.com)
Do you want more detailed information? Read this.
My Top and Base coats are glued shut, how can I prevent this from happening?
We know how big of a tragedy this is and we're so sorry you're experiencing this problem. There are a few steps and tips you can take to make sure this never happens again but please DO NOT try to force the bottles open. Our bottles are made out of glass and can cause serious injuries if they're forced open. To ensure your Dip Essentials last as long as possible, follow these steps:
1. Before storing away your Dip essentials, make sure you clean your bottles well with acetone or alcohol. This will help you prevent product buildup around the lid which could dry making your product nearly impossible to open.
2. Nail hack! Take your Double Dip Cuticle Nourishing Oil – #6, and apply it to the neck and rim of your Dip Base and Top to make them easier to open for your next use.
Hack: If your bottle is glued shut and you are unable to open it, we recommend soaking it in warm water for 10-15 minutes. If you are still unable to open your bottles, please DO NOT try to force them open. Email us immediately email@example.com and a friendly customer service rep will be delighted to assist and willing to replace the contaminated bottle.
My Base and Top coats look gummy and stringy, what am I doing wrong?
It’s vital to remember that your Activator will activate your Dip Powder Base and Top Coat. This means if your Top Coat brush or Base brush comes into contact with Activator it will activate and your brush will harden. If this happens and you return the brush to the bottle, the rest of the product will activate and your bottle will be ruined.
In order to avoid this, please make sure to follow these steps:
After filing and shaping, always see to it that you apply a second layer of Activator and thoroughly rub the nail with a lint-free wipe. This will push the Activator into the nail and remove any excess from the nail surface to ensure your Top Coat brush doesn't come into contact with it.
If you don’t rub the nail, the Top Coat will come into contact with the Activator and of course activate.
If this happens, simply replace your brush BEFORE returning it to the bottle with a brush replacement.
What is a Dip Bond Liquid?
This is the very first step in your dip mani. Although it is not necessary to, applying a bonder to your nails aids in preparing and dehydrating the natural nail for dip powder application. When you are using the bonder, please make sure to not contaminate it with any other liquids. If the bonder comes in contact with your base or top coat, it can lead to both liquids becoming thick and gooey. This is normally not a problem for top coat as it is 3 steps later; however, you should definitely stay wary of the base coat touching it. Please make sure that the bonder has properly dried before you begin you apply your base coat to your nail. After you have finished using your bonder, please make sure to properly close your bottle to prevent it from drying out. Due to the alcohol component in the bonder, exposure to air for too long will cause it to evaporate. If you guys notice that your bonder has dramatically decreased in volume after a few uses, it is most likely due to the fact that you did not properly close the bottle.
How important is the Cuticle Nourishing Oil?
This little bottle really does wonders for your nails and helps your hands not only look, but feel rejuvenated from all the chemicals, buffing, and filing it's been through. Similar to the brush cleaner, there is not a lot of maintenance you’ll have to do for the cuticle oil bottle. Just make sure to always keep the bottle tightly closed and to wait for your top coat to fully dry before applying the cuticle oil to your nail.
It is VERY unlikely that your cuticle oil brush will get hard, but if it does, you can also soak it in the brush cleaner liquid for a few minutes depending on how hard it is. When taking it out of the brush cleaner solution, please make sure to properly dry off all of the brush cleaner liquid using a lint free paper towel before reinserting it back into the bottle.
Please make sure to keep all of your bottles properly closed and stored upright in a cool and dry area. You can keep it in a small personal beauty fridge or just a small nail area. This prevents bacteria from forming or growing in your liquids and causing an infection on your nails. Although you want to store your bottles in a cold area, please make sure to warm them up to room temperature for about 30 minutes before applying them to your nails for the best results!
Get to know more about Double Dip’s Essential Dip Liquids by reading this article.