Today, there are as many nail enhancements as there are nails on your fingers.
Dip powder is one of the latest versions.
We also know them as SNS nails.
As they become more popular, some people are reporting pain in the nails and surrounding areas.
Let’s explore the reasons this might be and how you could avoid it.
Why Do My Nails Hurt After Dipping Powder?
They hurt because the dipping powder has penetrated to the areas surrounding the nail and the part of the nail that is not typically exposed to anything.
This happens when the cuticle is cut or pushed back too far.
The dipping powder takes a lot of time to dry and will be on the nails wet with all sorts of chemicals for a while.
It’s a very uncomfortable experience for the wearer.
We can avoid it.
The only exception is when a person is sensitive to the chemicals and may have an allergic reaction to them.
Sometimes, it takes a while for nail technicians to learn how to work with a new nail enhancement.
They have to do what’s popular and in trend, so practice makes perfect.
You may want to find out how long the tech has been doing this type of nail enhancement before you get one.
They may put you at ease and tell you they know how to avoid the pitfalls.
That means they’ve done their industry homework.
When Will Nail Dip Hurt Your Nails?
The important thing to know is the nail dip powder has to touch the skin surrounding the nail.
If there are any open wounds, such as a paper cut, badly cut or ripped off hangnail, or any type of small wound, you’ll feel it.
This is no different from anything else touching that part of the finger.
Even regular acrylic or gel will hurt because they all use chemicals.
Should I Consider It Normal For My Nails To Hurt After Dip Powder?
No, it should not be normal.
No nail treatment should ever go beyond minor discomfort.
You have to expect something because chemicals are being put on your nails, but if you are in a lot of pain, then someone has done something wrong.
When Will Dip Nails Hurt?
Dip nails will hurt if the cuticle is cut back improperly.
Some technicians try to get as much of the nail base to show so the dip powder will better adhere.
Unfortunately, the powder will be pressed very close to, if not touching the cuticle.
The chemicals seep into the skin.
It’s comparable to cleaning with bleach and getting it on your skin.
Eventually, the chemical will burn the skin to such a degree that it reaches the nerves and can cause some major pain.
You know when the cuticle has been cut back or damaged, that’s why you’re feeling it.
Top Mistakes People Make With Dip Nails
If you do them at home, make sure you aren’t overdoing it when cleaning the cuticle and preparing the nail for dipping.
You aren’t a pro, most likely, so there are important things for you to know.
Be mindful of the thin layer of skin that is just beneath the area where the little half-moon is.
It’s sensitive to any touch, let alone any chemicals.
Not washing their nails and hands thoroughly after the dip powder has dried is another common DIY dip powder mistake.
There is a reason nail techs will tell you to go wash your hands after acrylic application and apply oil on the fingernails.
This not only makes the nails pop and look outstanding, but the oil also does a more important thing.
Oil is a cooling and soothing substance that will condition the skin around the nail and stop it from getting too burned.
We can’t completely avoid the burning, but we can minimize it.
Steps To Prevent Burning From Dip Powder
- Watch how you are priming your cuticle. Your cuticle only needs to be nudged back a bit, not in any dramatic way. In fact, there are few reasons to ever cut the cuticle. The cuticle is cut when it’s thick and overgrown or damaged. Hangnails are a reason for cutting a cuticle. They are painful and can let bacteria in the wound they form as well as chemicals.
- Don’t use cuticle moisturizer or any type of moisturizer on the cuticles prior to the application of the dip nail powder. The softer and more pliable the skin is, the more sensitive your skin is, and the more you will feel the burn. If you need to soften your cuticles, do it at least 24 to 48 hours prior to the application of the dip powder.
Will My Dip Nails Hurt At A Nail Salon?
Yes, they may hurt even when you go to a professional nail technician.
There are a lot of advantages to doing your own dip nails.
You save money, you have the comfort of your own home to do it in, and you have control over the quality of work you do.
There are also many advantages to getting your dip nails done at a nail salon.
It would be normal to believe that the nail salon would make certain that you wouldn’t feel the burn.
However, that’s not always the case.
If they are using a lot of tools near your skin, you will have a lot of small abrasions.
Some of those tools may be a nail drill, which is a Dremel-style machine that is motorized.
It will be loaded with lots of different drill bits and used on your nails.
One is a sander, another is a stripper, and there are a few more.
They go kind of fast, and they need to be handled a certain way so as not to damage the surface of the nail.
They also heat up a good bit.
If you get your nails done regularly, you’ll probably feel that heat at least once.
A nail drill is not easy to handle, so a tech will slip from time to time.
They will also get too close to the edge and hit the skin there as well.
Typically, that happens when they are concentrating on what they are doing and forget themselves.
By the time they get done with the priming, the small abrasions that result will cause the burning from the chemicals that were put on them.
It does pay to do it yourself, but then you lose the skill and the perks you get with the professionals doing it for you.
Unless you are just trying to save money and that’s why you’re doing it yourself, take advantage of getting them professionally done.
If your cuticles are thick and hard, you may want to request soaking your nails first a bit longer before they start.
Let them know that your cuticles are hypersensitive.
If you communicate clearly and let them know what your concerns are, they’ll take precautions if they’re any good.
A professional will always make you feel at ease, and you won’t be shamed for asking.
How To Dip Nails With No Discomfort
This is a simple process you can do from home.
All you need to do is follow a few simple steps and you will have minimal pain, if any.
- Get a manicure. Yes, get a professional manicure without paint. Make sure they don’t use a nail bit to sand them down or cut the cuticle. Otherwise, you can do it yourself and give yourself a full manicure the day before you dip your nails.
- Get a dehydrating solution from a beauty supply shop and use it straight away after you complete the manicure. Be sure you place your hands under a fan and leave them alone for at least two minutes. Anytime you use any liquid, even water, you must wait for them to dry completely.
- Prime the surface of the nail. It only needs to be rough enough to get the dip chemical to adhere. After roughing, you can then start dipping!
What’s The Biggest Selling Point To Dip Powder Nails?
Why do people go through all that pain for dip powder nails?
With all the acrylic and gel options out there, why would anyone want to deal with yet another one?
Beauty is a subjective thing, and what’s important to you is unique.
Here are the selling points so you can make an educated decision.
- Selling Point One: They don’t have to be cured with a UV lamp. This point may or may not be a big deal to everyone. Some people don’t like to spend time drying them, and others don’t like the exposure to UV rays.
- Selling Point Two: They last longer than gels or acrylic by several weeks. That saves time to go to the salon for fills and extends your money for the month, especially if your nails grow faster.
- Selling Point Three: They offer great color results.
Whatever the reason people like powder-dipped nails, they’re becoming a trend and a favorite for many people.
Instagram has been exploding with ASMR and other videos that are showcasing the dip powder nails.
Are Dip Powder Nails Better Than Acrylic And Gel Nails?
That depends on the result you are looking to accomplish with your nails.
If you are looking for durability, then the durability for each goes in the order of dip powder, gels, and then acrylics.
For higher upkeep, it goes in order of acrylics, gels, and dip powder.
If you are looking for quicker and simpler applications, then the order is acrylics, powder, then gels.
Is It Easy To Do Dip Powder Nails At Home?
If you’ve ever done acrylic nails, you know that it’s difficult, and dip powder is the same.
Gels are the smoothest surface when cured and both acrylic and dip powder are rougher.
The first thing to understand is you will work with your dominant hand only half the time.
When you switch to the non-dominant hand, you’ll not get the same result.
You would have to practice a lot.
If it’s your first go-around with it, expect a difference in texture and maybe some dents and bumps.
If that happens, you’ll spend a lot of time smoothing the surface, and that has to be completed before the nails cure completely.
You need extraordinary patience.
That means you have to look at and follow all the directions in the home kits to the letter.
If you are a meticulous and patient person, then go for it.
It’s worth it just to see if you can handle it.
If you can, then you may save some money.
If you can’t, then you’re probably going to spend just as much, if not more for extra sets to fix issues.
How Much Do Nail Dip Kits Cost?
So, you’ve decided that you are going to take the plunge into the dip powder DIY.
You may want to know what the kits cost and compare that to the salon.
Each kit will run you between $20 and $60, where the salon will probably run between $30 and $50.
Weigh out the monetary cost and the cost of extra kits in case you have to fix any mistakes you make.
Also, weigh the cost against what it costs you in a salon, getting it done once without do-overs.
That is really how to determine what is cheapest and best quality.
Is Dip Powder Bad For Your Nails?
It’s not necessarily bad, but there are things to know.
First, there is a technique that a lot of shops like to use that isn’t good.
We doubt they use a separate jar of powder per customer, so multiple people have used that color jar.
This means they tainted the jar with bacteria that will ultimately cause you or the next person an infection.
Do All Nail Salons Offer Dip Powder?
No, not all shops offer dip powder.
In fact, few shops offer it because of sanitation concerns.
The other issue is with cheap and knockoff brands they may use with more toxic chemicals.
The bottom line with this is money.
If it’s going to be cheaper for them to use the bottom of the line, they will.
This is not true of all shops.
Don’t feel ashamed to ask questions about what brand they use.
Find out what is the best thing that shops can carry and why.
Make sure you aren’t unknowingly hurting your well-being.
How Do I Remove My Dip Powder Nails?
There are two ways, and they are both harsh.
We’re not going to lie.
It involves soaking your nails in a lot of acetone for a long while until it’s done.
Another way is to sand off the topcoat which takes off the sealer.
Then, take acetone-soaked cotton balls and set them on the top of each nail, and secure them by wrapping each nail with tin foil.
This is a bit much, and it is another reason most shops don’t offer the dip powder.
It’s too much hassle to remove the nails and takes too much time per appointment.
Dip powder nails are beautiful.
The colors pop, and they last longer than the other varieties.
It’s just a matter of taste and what you will put up with.
The major decision is whether to find a shop that offers it or do it yourself.