Have you ever had a dip manicure? I was talked into it at a nail salon in Scottsdale, while we were on vacation. As a devotee of gel manicures, I was certainly intrigued when the nail tech said it would last an extra week, that it doesn’t peel off and it makes your nails stronger. Since I was already cheating on my own nail lady back home, I figured why not, and, I loved the results. There is no UV curing process, just polish and powder. It is like the acrylic they brush on for a fake set of nails, but in this case you literally dip your nail into the powder. Whatever they paint on your nails (it is clear) grabs the colored powder, then a file is used to shape the hardened powder stuff. A final coat of clear is put on to shine the nails up. I have only experimented with light, natural colors, but I am loving the result. My nails have never looked better! The down side is that Ann, my Napa nail tech, doesn’t offer the dip manicure. So once again I went to someone else here in town to get a new dip manicure. Also worth mentioning, the removal process is much easier than gel. It is simply soaked off, the only tool used is a cotton ball to wipe the residue away. No scraping! I am sure it is all chemical laden and likely going to be the death of me at some point, but I am willing to take my chances.
If you are in Napa, Polished Nail Salon next to Nob Hill Foods offers dip. Christina did my nails, and I am in love with them. Hugh is also a master, so I have been told.