Acrylic Dip, pros and cons…

I have to say I’m on board the Acrylic Dip train; if it’s done correctly. I think, what it came back almost 2.5 years ago? I might be wrong, could be longer. I do remember testing a few brands in the beginning and walked away from it, as I absolutely hated the process. It was too thick, clumpy, the top coat wasn’t shiny and the process of removal was the biggest headache. I seriously didn’t have time for that crap. I kept watching videos on Brand sites, YouTube, talked to a few nail techs. I even paid to have it done by Nail Artists who seemed to master the process.

It has its Pros & Cons though, this service isn’t for everyone or every type of nail. It also may not be for every Nail Artist out there. I’m not here to speak badly of any brands out there. The brand you choose is backed by how you feel the quality is, ease of use, the color palettes, and convenience of purchasing or simply what’s available in your area if you don’t do online ordering.

So lets go over the Pro’s…

  1. It has no odor. Do I even need to list anything else?
  2. It’s thinner than traditional Acrylic (unless you like that chunky nail look…)
  3. Color chipping isn’t an issue (unless you are purposely scraping your nails on the sidewalk …)
  4. The process is quick to apply.
  5. Soak-Off time is less than 30minutes.
  6. The product I use the, Slick-Pour, can be used as traditional Acrylic color. With the “brush then monomer, then lay on the nail method.”
  7. Acrylic Dip can be used as an overlay on the natural nail or with a tip extension.
  8. An Electric isn’t always necessary, and if it is used PROPERLY, is perfectly safe.
  9. The Top Coat with this system is shiny, and dries in the time advertised.

Now for the con’s…

  1. If the Nail Artist is Dipping your Nail I to the pot of acrylic dip, bacteria is being introduced EVERY SINGLE TIME. So if they have used that color on 30 other people that week, you are being dipped into all of their germs. Combined. Bacteria breading while the lid is closed after being used. Cooking on a hot summer day, or during the night when the a/c is bumped up to 80 because the place is closed … little particles of bacteria being trapped in between each layer they dip, then base coat, then dip, base coat, dip, base coat…activate. It’s a nightmare. Be prepared to say hello to a little green friend.
  2. Not everyone’s nails are strong enough to have the prep and removal process done every three weeks. Unlike its cousin, traditional Acrylic, it has to be removed and no back-fill is performed.
  3. The prep and process bottles become very funky, sometimes hard to open…proper storage and care is a must to keep them clean and usable.
  4. This line offers limited colors, compared to others as it hasn’t been out as long.

I can’t think of any other cons, and as I’m typing this another pro popped into my head. Or did I really just want to save the best for last … guess you’ll never know.

But how do I know if it’s being prepped and removed properly?

Prep is extremely important, just as the removal process. As with anything being put in the nail this is where the most damage can occur.

Steps for Prep:

1 Sanitize hands, remove any nail polish. Trim nails if needed and shape as desired with a 240 grit nail File.

2 Dip the tip of the Pusher into a small amount of cuticle remover of choice. (I use Footlogix Callus Softener as my remover.) Push back the eponychium to reveal the true cuticle. Gently remove residue wits lint free nail wipe.

3 Use the Dexterity side of cuticle pusher to remove excess non- living tissue. Remove any hangnails and remaining non- living tissue with cuticle pusher.

4 Lightly buff the nail surface with the 220-grit side of nail buffer.Remove dust and cleanse nail with a nail cleanser of choice. I use Swipe by Young Nails.

5 Apply one coat of Step 1 “prep” to each nail and allow to dry.

As you can see, pre of dip is extremely different than traditional Acrylic. If an E-File Drill is being used, this is ok, as long as it is being used correctly.

Removal process is really easy.

1 Using a 180 grit nail file, gently buff the top coat and part of the first layer of color. There should be no shine left on the nail and free edge. Repeat on all nails.

2. Place one drop of cuticle oil onto each nail. Wrap each nail with Nail Foil, cotton and removal method.

3. After 10mins of soaking, check to make sure the cotton hasn’t dried out, it it has add a little more remover. (I usually do three pumps onto the cotton and this is good the entire removal process.)

4. Less than 20mins (this is the total soaking time.) later the Acrylic Dip slide right off the nail. Filing it off with a nail file with weaken the nail, soak again if it doesn’t slide off.

Soaking in a bowel or acetone is unnecessary, extremely drying to the skin and nail when being done every three weeks. If this is being done, this is not correct.

Don’t be afraid to speak up!

The Slick-Pour system, is designed to be poured onto the nail…

This offers great control in application, and prevents cross-contamination, because you pour it onto the nail over a disposal sample cup.

Hello, who wouldn’t want this method???

Just another great system out there, that’s a fit for the right person, right Nail and the right Nail Artist to offer. I have to think that people who mostly leave negative reviews about Dip either weren’t properly trained on the system they chose or it just isn’t the right service for themselves and clients.

So take this info either with a grain of salt or quickly leave this page and go online and buy all the Slick-Pours from Young Nails. Your choice.



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