5 Things to Know Before You Drop That Hard-Earned Cash on a Dip Powder Manicure

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While some of us enjoy a nice leisurely trip to visit our favorite manicurist, others like to spend as little time as possible at the nail salon. Whether it’s because we’re constantly booked and busy or because we aren’t a fan of sitting still for long periods of time, trust us – we get it. If you’re part of the latter group, you might want to look into a dip powder manicure, which takes about as long as gel manicures, but lasts much longer.

If you’re unfamiliar with the technique, don’t worry, we’ve got answers to all of your questions. In short: while gel manicures require UV rays to harden the polish, dipped manicures utilize pigmented powder. As someone who indulges in a manicure every few months and is always testing out new nail trends, I was curious about the craze surrounding this new magical dipping powder. I had heard that it lasts longer than acrylic or gel manicures, but what really sold me was that it doesn’t require UV light. I decided to see what it was all about and made an appointment with my nail technician. I’m overall pleased with the results, and I have a few words of wisdom to impart to those considering taking the powdery plunge.

– Additional reporting by Renee Rodriguez

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