To Dip or Not to Dip? By Kylie Clare
Dip systems have been around in the nail industry since the 80s but in recent years have made a comeback. This new generation of dip products are of course better quality than years ago and have become a very popular salon service amongst consumers and popular amongst professionals as the application requires less skill to apply vs an acrylic or hard gel enhancement
So why Dip ?
If your client requires more strength than a gel polish application then dip systems are the ideal choice.
The perfect nail covering for hairdressers as dip top coats are cyanoacrylate based therefore they don’t stain as easily from hair colour like gel polish top coats do.
If your client requires longer nails it’s easy to extend the length of the nail plate with a tip and dip overlay or you can add strength and structure to a flat nail.
Dip products are odourless compared to acrylic nail services.
Advantages of Artistic Nail Design “Perfect Dip”
- Highly pigmented colours
- 60 matching shades in colour revolution and colour gloss
- The “Perfect Dip kit” will give you enough product for up to 50 sets of nails
Advantages of IBD “Dip”
- 72 matching shades in Advanced Wear and Just Gel Polish
- Dual dip powders – can be used for both dip or acrylic services including 3D Art.
- Both brands have a great range of colours that consist of creams, shimmers, metallics, glitters, neons and french.
Removal and Maintenance
I personally would only maintain dip products once as they are cyanoacrylate based there-fore they do become brittle as they age and the nail covering will eventually become less flexible and more brittle over time. The removal process is fast with most dip products soaking off with either the manufactures product remover or acetone in around 10 – 15 minutes depending on the thickness of the overlay
Dip vs Pour
Since the rebirth of Dip products back into the professional nail industry there has been a lot of questions around hygiene due to clients dipping their fingertip into the pot of colour vs some manufacturers systems which are “pour systems”.
In my professional opinion it’s perfectly safe to dip as long as you have ensured the following:
1/ the client must wash their hands prior to the service
2/ the client must use hand sanitiser prior to the service ‘
3/ if the client has a contra indication eg: a nail or skin disorder or disease then you decline service until it has cleared
Consider this ….. if your client had a bacterial infection then you wouldn’t perform a service on them due to the risk of cross contamination therefore if your clients nails and hands are in a healthy state and you ensure they have washed hands and sanitised then there’s no risk of cross contamination.
Bacteria cannot survive in powder!
The other advantages of dipping vs pouring are:
- Less product wastage
- Dipping creates a compact colour which gives a more vibrant and opaque colour coverage
- When using a bright or dark highly pigmented colour always put a coat of clear down first to stop the strong pigments staining the natural nail surface.
- Ensure you maintain your room temperature to cool and comfortable, if it’s too warm the dip base coat will dry fast before it can absorb the powder.
- Wipe your base coat brush regularly on a lint free dry wipe after applying a coat over the nail when there is powder particles present from the colour
- Restore the base coat brush regularly by placing in the restore bottle after each client
- If your base coat is starting to go stringy then you aren’t wiping your brush after every application therefore small powder particles will contaminate your bottle.
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