Getting Dip Powder Nails? Here's What You Need To Watch Out For At The Salon

If you've been to a nail salon, then you're likely familiar with the many manicure options available. One innovative nail technique is the dip powder or "dip mani." Numerous customers have gravitated towards this method due to its speed and durability. Dip powder is as literal as it sounds, consisting of glue-type liquid and colored powder. The concoction dries once it hits the air and is sealed with a top coat, resulting in very little drying time. This technique can be used on natural nails or tips, and you can even apply designs to dip powder nails with no problem. What makes this rapid technique so appealing is how long it lasts. The complete look won't need touching up for up to eight weeks, which is great for those who perform hobbies or household chores that could ruin a manicure.


However, nail experts have voiced some serious concerns about the powder being used. Particularly the hygiene process and whether or not dipping is safe. Nail salons must adhere to strict sanitary standards due to the many chemicals and skin-to-skin interaction involved. Proper cleaning guidelines can prevent the risk of diseases, which is vital with so many patrons receiving services. However, is proper sanitation possible with dipping powder? There are a few things you should know.

Infection is possible when applying dipping powder

Though this method of nail care lasts longer, it does not come without risks. Primarily, the most significant danger is nail techs dipping multiple customers' fingers inside the same dipping powder container. If a customer has any sort of infection on their fingers and plunges them into the powder, that could be spread to the next client who uses the container.


Licensed nail technician Lily with Zily the Nail Bar in North Carolina warns customers to pay close attention to how the dipping powder is applied. Speaking with Elle, she advised customers to decline services if they notice a manicurist dipping multiple hands in one container. Dermatologist Dr. Dana Stern told Insider she recommends manicurists apply the powder directly to the nails by either painting it on or pouring it. Also, the desired amount of powder should be placed into a smaller, disposable container to be used on each customer individually. Luckily, most people who experience complications due to dip powder are minimal — but don't take any chances.

Dip powder can damage the nail

Another factor to consider when dipping your nails is that damage can ensue during the application process. During this manicure, the seal layer of the nail is destroyed. Another issue that arises is the temporary dehydration that nails undergo during dipping. When it's time to remove the dip powder, you may again run into nail dehydration when using acetone to break down the chemicals, making the powder easier to lift from the nail.


Due to the several risks associated with dip powder, a DIY manicure using this nail color method is not recommended, and even taking them off at home is not suggested. If you do elect to try out dip powder, allowing a professional to handle the application and removal is the best way to ensure your nails are properly taken care of. However, be bold and speak up if you have concerns about how your nail care is being handled. Remember, thousands of nail salons adhere to sanitation standards and are just waiting to serve you if your usual techs can't live up to your standards.