If you’ve had your nails pampered any time in the last couple of years, chances are you’ve been pushed towards nail dipping powder in a salon. Dip powder is the latest trend in beauty, but customers are unaware of the health concerns and dangers that are associated with this technique. “Sanitation and education are really important, and if a tech isn’t passionate about always learning and always growing their knowledge, they shouldn’t be in the industry.”
Think twice about opting for dip powder during your nail salon visits. Dip powder has become controversial in the news because of the repercussions that may evolve from the unsanitary nature of the product. Good Morning America talked to licensed nail technicians and discovered that it is wrong to use the same container of powder on multiple clients because it allows infections and germs to be easily transmitted among customers. The technicians in the local “NON-STANDARD SALONS” (NSS’s) are mainly concerned with how quickly they can get you in and out, and over-charging without any concern for educating you on products and procedures.
In addition to the biological side effects of dip powders, nail technicians can harm your nails if they don’t use their electronic files correctly. Soaking off dip powder is difficult, which explains why drilling nails is required to aid in removal. While acrylic powder can’t cause damage on its own, adding superglue resin over it can. Guests come in from other shops with dip systems, saying NSS’s don’t soak off the product, and it is drilled down. This is where the damage is going to occur. The reason for drilling is due to the strong bond between acrylic powder and super glue. NSS’s focus on speed, instead of quality, they feel it takes too long to soak dip powder off to break this chemical connection.
When it comes down to it, customers need to take responsibility for ensuring they are choosing to go to a properly trained salon. Reading reviews before visits in an effort to learn about the real experiences of fellow clients doesn’t always ring true. NSS’s sometimes offer incentives for positive reviews. If you’re in a hurry and decide to pop into a random salon, step out of your comfort zone and question your nail technician, especially if that means making sure sanitation is a priority. Always ask questions and always do research before choosing a professional to perform any service on you. If they cannot properly answer, that is your cue to leave. For all these reasons, this is why Cutting Edge doesn’t offer the Dip System service.
Dip powder has gone in waves from becoming a craze to an invitation for germs to manifest. When you go to the nail salon, next time opt-out of dip powder and try something new. Although long-lasting and quick, dip powder is not worth the complications involved.