How do you care for your nails before and after using Dipping Powder?

Having beautiful, well-maintained nails is a must for many. A trend that has increased in popularity over the past few years is the use of dipping powder. Although it yields beautiful results, proper care before and after its use is essential for healthy nails. In this blog, we delve deeper into the best methods to care for your nails in combination with dipping powder, and how Glowdip products can assist you in this.

Preparation: Before Using Dipping Powder

Cleaning is essential: Always start with clean nails. Use a gentle nail polish remover to remove old polish remnants, even if you don't have visible nail polish on. Invisible residues can hinder the adhesion of the dipping powder.

Filing nails: It's important to file your nails into the correct shape before applying dipping powder. Use the special nail file from the Glowdip starter kit for this.

Hydrating: A dry nail is more likely to break. Hydrate your cuticles with an oil or cream. Remember to degrease your nails before applying the dipping powder, for example, with a bit of acetone.

Applying Dipping Powder

For a step-by-step guide on applying dipping powder, we refer you to our detailed guide at

Aftercare: After Using Dipping Powder

Hydrate your cuticles: Although dipping powder doesn't dry out your nails like other methods, the removal process can dry out your nails and cuticles. Use a cuticle oil to keep them hydrated and supple.

Take breaks: Let your nails 'breathe' every now and then. It's advisable to leave your nails without dipping powder for a week between manicure sessions.

Avoid harsh removal: Resist the temptation to pick or pull at your manicure. Use Glowdip's specific removal foil for a gentle and effective removal.

Strengthen your nails: Use a nail hardener or serum to strengthen your nails, especially if you notice they become weaker over time.

The Science Behind Dipping Powder and Nail Health

Understanding how dipping powder works and how it differs from traditional nail polish can help to understand why specific care steps are so crucial.

What exactly is Dipping Powder?

Dipping powder is essentially a combination of a color pigment and a binder. Unlike traditional nail polish, which is applied to the nail and needs air to dry, dipping powder hardens when exposed to a special activator.

This difference in how the products harden is why dipping powder manicures are often more durable than traditional polish manicures. While traditional polish can chip or peel after a few days, a dipping powder manicure can last up to 3-4 weeks.

Why is preparation so important?

When using Glowdip's dipping powder, nail preparation is crucial. Since the powder and activator work together to create a solid bond, the nails must be free of oils and impurities to ensure optimal adhesion.

Cleaning the nail provides a clean base, resulting in a longer-lasting result. Additionally, proper preparation also offers protection against potential nail damage, such as lifting or flaking. 

How to Hydrate Your Nails Correctly?

Hydration is one of the most underrated aspects of nail care. While many people believe that applying oil or lotion is sufficient, effective hydration goes beyond that. True hydration means taking care of both the nail and the surrounding skin.

Cuticle Oils: These oils are specially formulated for the nails and cuticles. They often contain vitamins and essential oils that penetrate deeply and nourish.

Hand Creams: A good hand cream does not only lead to soft hands but also helps to hydrate the cuticles, making them look healthy and well-cared for.

Drinking Water: Yes, you read it correctly! Hydration starts from within. By drinking enough water, your skin remains hydrated, which indirectly contributes to healthier nails.

The Risks of Incorrect Removal

A common issue with all forms of nail treatments, including dipping powder, is the tendency to prematurely peel or scrape off the manicure. This can damage the top layer of the nail, making it thinner and weaker.

Using special removal wraps gently dissolves the powder, preventing damage to the nails. Regular manicures, as mentioned earlier, can also help monitor the condition of the nails and identify potential issues early on.

The Benefits of Taking a Break

Any nail professional will tell you that taking breaks between treatments is essential for the health of your nails. Why? Because it gives your nails a chance to recover and breathe.

Although dipping powder is less harmful than some other nail treatments, it's still a good idea to give your nails a "breathing break" every now and then. This can help prevent discoloration and allows your nails to recover from any thin or weak spots.

The Role of Nutrition in Nail Health

An often overlooked aspect of nail care is nutrition. What you eat plays a crucial role in the health of your nails. Nutrients such as biotin, zinc, and omega-3 fatty acids can contribute to stronger and healthier nails. Consuming a balanced diet rich in these nutrients can give your nails the boost they need.

Including foods like eggs, fish, nuts, and leafy green vegetables in your diet can make a world of difference in the overall health and appearance of your nails.


Dipping powder is a fantastic way to achieve long-lasting beautiful nails, but as with any manicure method, proper care is crucial. By combining careful pre- and aftercare with the high-quality products from Glowdip, you ensure that your nails remain not only beautiful but also healthy. This way, you get the best of both worlds: stunning nails and a healthy foundation!

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