Manicures typically can last anywhere from hours to a full two weeks. And any longer than that, can really seem like a beauty miracle.

But those looking for that beauty miracle and aren’t too concerned about nail health, the “dip powder nails” might be the way to go.

The Manicure That Lasts Longer Than Gels: Dip Powder Nails

The treatment is known to last longer than any gel manicure and is supposedly considered an easy DIY hack.

Dip powder nails are not new, it’s actually been around for years. But social media has quickly popularized the process.

The process is somewhere between a regular manicure and a fake nail.

Celebrity manicurist Erica Marton calls it the “diet acrylic”.

But instead of using ultraviolet rays to seal in the polish, the color comes from a pigmented powder.

So in between base coats and a sealant, each nail is dipped into a little jar of a chosen color.

The Manicure That Lasts Longer Than Gels: Dip Powder Nails

But while the experience may seem cool, it’s important to note that dipping powder isn’t exactly the healthiest of options.

With that, popular nail salons like Vanity Projects and Van Court are known to not include the technique on their menus.

Vanity Projects’ Ariel Zuniga tells Glamour:

“It’s a very cheap product, oftentimes containing MMD, which is extremely harmful to natural nails and banned in NYC.”

The Manicure That Lasts Longer Than Gels: Dip Powder Nails

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And Founder and Partner at Van Court, Ruth Kallens, says:

“Dip powders are acrylic. I don’t use acrylic because the removal process is so detrimental to your nail plate.”

But when compared to other manicure alternatives out there, they’re considered equally healthy or unhealthy.

It’s just important to check the packaging for any harmful ingredients, like MMD.

And in terms of the removal process, there isn’t an easy way to remove it quickly.

Similar to a gel removal process, Zuniga recommends using an electric file and soaking off the remaining product with acetone.

The Manicure That Lasts Longer Than Gels: Dip Powder Nails

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