We love having our nails done, especially for those much needed vacations. When we go on a vacation we tend to go for those nail styles that last as long as possible and dip powder nails are one of them. Today we'll show you how to remove dip powder nails.
Unlike gel polish and gel manicures, dip powder nails tend to last longer, dry instantly, and don't need a UV lamp to dry. It's true they can be a little tougher to remove, but in our opinion, a much better option than gel or shellac!
The dip powder manicure is a new technique which consists in coating the nails with powder and clear nail polish. This technique has become so popular because it's easy to apply and it lasts for almost a month. But since it lasts longer, this means to remove it, you may have to go to the nail salon again to remove it and you maybe don’t have the time for it.
With no time to go to the nail salon, you would want to remove the dip powder polish yourself by picking and pulling, which is a terrible idea. Luckily, you can remove dip powder nails at home in a proper way, without damaging your nails and we are going to show you exactly how.
How to Remove Powder Nails
There are a few methods you can use to remove your dip powder nail polish. Removing them is fast and easy no matter which method you choose. So how to remove dip nails at home?
#1. Acetone and Aluminum Foil Method
Before diving into how to remove dip nails with pure acetone and aluminum foil method, we need to get a few items. Some of this you might already have at home and some you might need to purchase. Don't worry everything is easy to find.
Step 1: Soak the Cotton Balls in Acetone
In a small Ziploc bag, place 10 cotton balls and then pour some acetone. Close the bag and let the cotton balls soak for about 5 minutes.
Step 2: File the Top Layer of your Nails
Using a file nail gently file the shiny top of your nail making sure not to overdo it, we only want to slightly remove the top. By removing the top coat of your dip powder nail polish you make removing the dip powder way easier.
Step 3: Wrap your Nails with Aluminum Foil and the Soaked Cotton Balls
Take one soaked cotton ball out of the Ziploc bag and place it over your nail. Grab a piece of aluminum foil, big enough to wrap your nail along with your finger around. Gently wrap your nail and repeat the process for each nail. Let it sit for 10-15 minutes. To speed up the process, do all 10 nails and remove one by one. This method helps the acetone effectively sink into the dip powder, and therefore dissolving it from the nail.
Step 4: Remove the Foil from Your Nails and Touch up any Residue
Gently pressing onto the nail, remove the foil. The dip powder should come right off with the cotton ball, but if there is any leftover residue, simply take another cotton ball and a quick swipe should do it.
#2. Acetone Soak and Steaming Method
- Large glass bowl
- 2 small bowls
- Paper towel
- Nail file
- Cuticle pusher
Step 1: File the Top Layer of your Nails
Just like the other method, filling the top of your nail is also an important step. This will make the acetone soak into the dip powder more easily.
Step 2: Fill a Large Bowl with Hot Water
Fill a large glass bowl with hot water. The water should be hot but not burning. Place the bowl in the microwave and 1-2 minutes should do.
Step 3: Place Paper Towel in the Small Bowls and Cover it with Acetone
Fold some paper towels into the small bowl and cover it with enough acetone, then place the bowl into the large bowl with hot water. If you want to soak both your hands at the same time you will have to find a bowl big enough to fit the smaller bowls.
Step 4: Place your Hands into the Bowls to Soak
Gently place your hand into the small bowl with the paper towel soaked in acetone. Make sure the acetone bowl is not getting dipped into the water bowl.. Soak your nails for 10 to 15 minutes.
Step 5: Cover your Hands and Bowl with a Dry Towel
To achieve the steaming method, place a dry towel over your hands and the bowl. This will warm the acetone, and therefore making it easier for removal.
Step 6: Remove the Dip Powder with the Paper Towel
Remove your nails from the soak and take the paper towel to remove the dip powder. Gently wipe off the powder using the paper towel. This should be quick and easy after the nails have been soaked for 10-15 minutes. If there is any residue left, use a cuticle pusher to remove it.
Follow-up Care Tips:
After removing dip nails, I'm sure you will want to go and get another manicure with a different design, but we recommend to wait at least 1-2 weeks. You need to give your nails time to breathe.
Dip powder manicures can last almost a month, however, it is not recommended to leave them on for that long. While dip powder nails are a better option than gels, they can still be bad for your nails. The keratin granulation and color pigments in the dip powders can cause spots on your nails. Also if the dip powder lifts off your nail, it can capture moisture, and this can cause fungus or infections.
It's always good to treat your nails after a long use of dip powder, because they tend to get dry. To do this, combine equal parts flaxseed, coconut and vitamin E oils into a small bowl. Massage the oil mixture into nails, hands, and cuticles. Do not rinse off. It's usually best to do this right before bed. This way, the oils have a chance to absorb into the nails and skin.
Alternatively, you can also massage a cuticle oil into the cuticles and nail bed area every night before bed. Doing this will prevent bacteria from forming, and will also moisturize dry cuticles.