What is

Dipping Nail System

Dip powder nails have become increasingly popular in recent years, with many people opting for this technique over gel or regular
nail polish. If you're curious about dip powder nails and want to learn more, you've come to the right place. In this comprehensive guide, we'll explore what dip powder nails are, how they're done, their pros and cons, and much more. So, let's dive in! 

What Are Dip Powder Nails?

Dip powder nails, also known as SNS powder nails, are a nail technique that involves creating an opaque layer of colour on your nails by dusting or brushing a pigmented powder over them. The name "dip powder" comes from the process of dipping your nail into a jar of powder. Multiple coats are typically added for opacity, followed by a liquid sealant to harden the powder. Finally, a top coat is applied for shine, resulting in a manicure that can last up to three weeks without chipping or lifting.

How Are Dip Powder Nails Done?

The exact technique for doing dip powder nails may vary from salon to salon or if you're doing it at home with a dip powder kit. However, here's a basic five-step process that you might encounter at a salon:

  • Nail Preparation: Your technician will clean and file your nails to ensure they're free of excess oils and polish.
  • Nail Prep: A bond liquid, also known as a dip base coat, is applied to your nails to adhere the powder.
  • Powder Application: Your nails will be coated with the coloured powder of your choice, either by dusting or brushing it on. This process may be repeated for opacity, with some technicians adding a protective clear powder layer on top.
  • Sealing: After the powder is applied, the top layer is buffed to eliminate any lumps. A liquid sealant is then painted on to harden and adhere the dip powder to your nails.
  • Finishing: Once your nails are dry, a glossy liquid is layered on top to give them a shiny finish. Some technicians may use an LED nail lamp to speed up the drying process.

Are Dip Powder Nails Good for Your Nails?

Dip powder nails aren't necessarily "good" for your nails, but they shouldn't cause long-term damage if safety protocols are followed. It's important to ensure that the salon don’t use abrasive tools like coarse sanding band on natural nails bed.

How Long Do Dip Powder Nails Last?

On average, dip powder nails can last up to three weeks before you start noticing chips, flakes, or lifting. This durability makes them a popular choice for those looking for long-lasting manicures. However, it's important to keep in mind that your natural nails will continue to grow, so even the best dip powder
nails will eventually need to be removed and replaced. This is due to the bonding agent in the gel is deteriorate and un-bond naturally therefore it should not be filled on top of the existing layers.

Pros and Cons of Dip Powder Nails

Like any nail treatment, dip powder nails come with their own set of pros and cons. Let's take a closer look at each:


  • Longevity: Dip powder nails tend to last longer than regular nail polish or gel manicures. They can stay intact for up to three weeks, making them a great option for those who want low-maintenance, long-lasting nails.
  • Quick Drying: Dip powder nails dry faster than regular polish, typically within a few minutes. If you opt for a gel top coat and cure it under a UV lamp, they can dry as fast as gel nails. However, you can skip the UV curing and wait a few minutes for a standard top coat to dry.
  • Nail Protection: The thick layer of powder used in dip nails provides added protection to your natural nails, making them less prone to breakage and splitting. This can be beneficial if you're trying to grow out your nails.
  • Stained prevention: this is a perfect solution for hairdresser as they are working with permanent
    colours, other product rather than dipping powder can cause staining. Our hair dressing clients also notice dipping powder last longer compared to Acrylic.


  • Cost: Dip powder nails tend to be more expensive than regular gel manicures, especially if you're doing them at a salon. DIY dip powder kits also come with a price tag. So, if cost is a concern, dip powder nails may not be the most budget-friendly option.
  • Thicker Feel: Some people find that dip powder nails have a thicker feel compared to gels or regular polish. This can be a personal preference, as some individuals may not like the sensation of having thicker nails.
  • Potential Nail Damage: Like other nail enhancements, dip powder nails can potentially weaken and stain your natural nails. The removal process, which involves soaking nails in acetone, can also be drying over time. It's essential to establish a moisturizing hand-care routine after removing dip powder nails.
  • Replacement every time: due to different bonding agent in the product, dipping powder required remove and replacement every time to ensure durability.