Dip Defying

As you may have read, I tried getting my nails dipped instead of getting a gel manicure. I guess I should have read a few articles – like this one – which outlines the pros and cons, as well as some health concerns, before starting, but, obviously, I did not.

The process of having my nails dipped was definitely an interesting one. There was a lot of drilling – so much so that for a brief moment I had a horrific flashback to getting a cavity filled.

Basically the dip process is layering – but on the plus side, there’s no UV light used in the process.

The place I went to drills down your nail the same way they do to remove gel. Then they paint, dip, paint, dip, paint, dip…and so on.

My place dipped my nail right into the tub of powder – which I have since found out is unsanitary. They buffed the top and used a narrow drill to shape up the part under the tip of my nail. It was all very intimidating.

Unfortunately, there were a few drawbacks.

  • It didn’t feel much like a manicure. There was no hand massage or relaxation – just a lot of drilling.
  • The process also thins your nails – although I’ve since learned you can ask for less drilling.
  • As I mentioned above, my salon dipped my nail right in to the container – which I guess is the unsanitary way to do it!

But it’s not all bad – there are a lot of pros.

  • Three weeks later, I barely have any chips.
  • My nails aren’t peeling like they do with gel – so there’s no hair pulling whenever you wash your hair.
  • The color held up in pools and in the ocean.
  • My light color also didn’t turn as soon as it came in contact with dry shampoo – as my gel nails do.

I’ll definitely try it again, but I’ll be trying it at a different salon.

Dip Discovery

A few years ago, my best friend from upstate New York started telling me about how she was getting her nails dipped. For the most part, I listened and ignored. At the time, I had just started getting gel manicures.

Let me set the nail scene for you here, though – I am not a consistent manicure-getter. I go for events, and in the past few years, that’s meant about once a month or a little under. I try to give my nails a break in between. I love how gel holds up – to me, it’s worth the extra $20ish vs. a regular manicure.

Except I always a monster and peel it off slowly and then am always too busy to prioritize getting it taken off. This is the stage where the peeling edges catch in my hair or pull delicate clothing. And I hate it. So I pick at it more.

Anyway, gel has worked for me – until recently. I’ve never gotten more than about two weeks out of a gel. And as you saw, my honeymoon was longer than that.

Finally, I listened to my friend. I decided to try getting my nails dipped.

The benefits:

  • Everyone I spoke to told me it lasts them close to three weeks, and it takes about the same amount of time as getting a gel mani.
  • At this point, you still get just as much variety when selecting colors – and often times, there are regular polishes for your toes to match!
  • Luckily for me, my regular nail salon offers dip. So off I went…

I’ll let you know how it goes.