How Long Do Dip Nails Last?

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Dip nails or dip powder nails are among the hottest nail trends today. 

If you’re tired of going to the salon for a fresh nail polish weekly, dip nails are perfect for you. 

how long do dip nails last? 

Dip nails can last up to three to six weeks without peeling!

If you’re not yet familiar with nail dip, it is a liquid polish mixed with a colorful acrylic powder. 

Salon employees apply a base coat and dip the wet nails into a powder jar. They cure the manicure with a liquid coat activator or sealant. 

The activator will harden your manicure instantly. For a stunning manicure, they can top it with a shiny coat.

Though dip nails last long, their longevity still varies depending on the brand of your dip powder and your activities. 

For example, frequent dishwashing and gardening will shorten your dip nail’s lifespan.

Since nail care regimen is one of the focuses of our beauty blog, we will answer related questions on maintenance, cracking, removal, lasting longer and more.

How to Make Dip Nails Last Longer?

Are you worried about premature dip nail peeling or chipping? Or do you want to extend the lifespan of your dip nail? We’ve put together some tips to help with these common issues.

Properly Prepare and Clean Your Nails

Properly cleaning and preparing your nails is vital to make dip nails last longer. 

Push the cuticles back, clip any hangnails, and buff the nail’s surface. Make sure you eradicate any old polish or oil. 

Doing these will let the dip powder bond properly to your nail plate.

Use a Nail Primer or Dehydrator

Gel and acrylic polish commonly use primers and dehydrators. However, they can also extend the lifespan of dip powders and reduce the chance of them lifting.

Nail primers roughen the nail bed for better adhesion of the powder to your nails. 

A rough nail surface helps the product adhere to the nail surface instead of sliding off the smooth surface.

Dehydrators dissolve the oils and remove the moisture in the nails. They allow the base to adhere better to the nail surface. 

Apply the Base and Dip Powder Properly

To avoid premature lifting, you need to apply the dip powder correctly. The steps of proper base and dip powder application are: 

  1. Start by applying the base on the nails. 
  2. Be careful not to apply the base on the cuticles and fingers. Applying base on the cuticle will create a gap between the nail and the product when the nail grows. Dirt, water, or oil can enter the gap and create lifting.
  3. After coating your nails with the base, apply the powder immediately. You can re-dip your nails twice or thrice, depending on your desired color intensity.
  4. Brush off the excess powder.
  5. Wait for a few minutes before applying the topcoat. After applying the activator to harden the product, wait for two to five minutes. Shape and file your nails to your desired look. Finally, apply the topcoat.

Use a Gel Top Coat

Gel top coats are better than regular topcoats because they are water-resistant, long-lasting, and shinier. 

Topcoats will act as a seal that protects the nails against harmful chemicals. 

It will also protect the nails from damage and scratches.

How to Maintain Dip Nails?

To maintain the fabulous dip nail look, you should do the following:

Avoid Harsh Chemicals or Wear Gloves When Handling Them

Avoid touching chemicals, such as detergents, alcohol, and pesticides. They can cause damage to dip powder nails. 

If you cannot avoid touching them, wear gloves to protect your nails.

Reapply Top Coat Frequently

Remember that the top layer is the first to wear away. Reapply topcoat as needed to prevent damage to your dip nails. 

Why Are My Dip Nails Cracking?

Although dip nails last long, you may be wondering why they crack prematurely.

As we said earlier, clean the cuticle and the nails properly before applying the powder. This will prevent gaps that allow air and water to enter your dip nails. 

Oils can also decrease the ability of the product to adhere to your nails.

Have you cleaned and prepared your nails properly before applying dip nails? Did your nails still crack? 

Harsh chemicals, hot water, and activities like gardening can be at fault. Remember that these can cause severe wear and tear to your dip nails. 

Did your nails still crack after you did all the tips above? 

The problem could be the brand you used. Not all brands have the same quality and ingredients. 

Try to invest in a premium dip nail brand instead. They have higher quality, are more water-resistant, durable, and long-lasting.

Can You Remove Dip Nails at Home?

Dip nails growing out is one of the reasons why some people choose to remove them at home. 

While many recommend letting professionals remove it, you can opt to remove them at home. 

If you prefer to remove your dip nails at home, below are the steps you can follow:

  • Buff or file the topcoat. Removing the top layer will allow the acetone to penetrate it.  You can use a fine emery board in a side-to-side and back and forth motion. Keep doing this until your nails look dull.
  • Place an acetone-soaked cotton ball on your nails and wrap each with aluminum foil. It’s not enough to remove dip nails by rubbing them with acetone-soaked cotton. 

Wrapping the acetone-soaked cotton with foil allows the acetone to sink into the powder and dissolve its bond with the nails.

As an alternative to foil, you can soak your nails in a bowl of acetone for 10-15 minutes.

  • Rub off the edges. If there is excess dip nail or it breaks down into a gummy consistency, you can rub it off with cotton.

Don’t attempt to pull the polish off if you are removing any nail polish. This will damage your natural nails.   

How to Strengthen Nails After Dip Powder?

It is vital to restore and strengthen your nails after dip powder removal. Apply moisturizer and cuticle oils a few times a day. 

Doing this will keep your nails hydrated.

Along with keeping your nails hydrated, it is also essential to consume the proper nutrients. Biotin deficiencies can lead to weak nails. Before taking vitamins that contain biotin, speak to your physician first. 

It is also best if you avoid excessive chemical exposure. Strong detergents and household cleaners can make your nails and the surrounding skin brittle. 

How Often Should You Get Your Nails Dipped?

If you get nail polish regularly, you have to skip it for several days every three to four months. Let your nails rest and recover.

You can look out for the following signs to check if your nails need a break from polish: 

·         Ridges

·         Splits

·         Dry nails

·         Rough nails

·         White patches on the nail surface

Improper preparation and removal or prolonged nail polish wear can also damage your nails.