How nail powder dip systems work
Q: I’ve heard a lot about nail powder dip systems. How do they work?
The dip system is the latest craze to hit the nail industry and is set to be a popular new medium to add to your treatment menu. Powder dip systems are perfect for techs who want to offer the durability of acrylic with the highshine finish of gel polish, all with no UV or LED curing required.
Most systems use a medical-grade resin that you paint onto the nail, used in conjunction with micro-fine coloured acrylic-based powders that you simply dip the finger into. You then build up two coats of colour, before adding a clear coat and sealing with a top coat.
These dipping systems are proving popular for a number of reasons: they’re quick to apply, durable and easy to remove – simply soak and wrap the nail in acetone. When it comes to looking at which clients to market to, these systems have been especially designed with the natural nail in mind, so it’s good for those with weak or damaged nails.
A common fear for techs is crosscontamination and infection control. However, if hands and nails are thoroughly cleansed then the risk of contamination is very low. Yet, for absolute security, look for individual dipping trays that you can decant the powder in to. As with any new system, I recommend training up on the product fully so you’re completely confident using it.
Lisa Dunlop is head of education at Cuccio Europe, responsible for developing the brand’s education programme in the UK. She has worked for the company for six years.