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

Having beautiful, well-groomed nails is a must for many. One trend that has grown in popularity in recent years is the use of dipping powder. While it produces beautiful results, proper care before and after its use is essential for healthy nails. In this blog, we delve into the best methods for caring for your nails in conjunction with dipping powder, and how products from Glowdip can help you do just that.

Preparation: Before using dipping powder

  1. Cleaning is essential: Always start with clean nails. Use a mild nail polish remover to remove old polish residue, even if you have no visible nail polish on. This is because invisible residue can hinder the adhesion of the dipping powder.

  2. File nails: It is important to file your nails into the correct shape before applying dipping powder. To do this, use the special nail file from the glowdip starter set.

  3. Moisturize: A dry nail breaks more quickly. Moisturize your cuticles with an oil or cream. Before applying the dipping powder, remember to degrease your nails with a little acetone, for example.

Application of Dipping Powder

For a step-by-step guide on how to apply dipping powder, please refer to our detailed guide on

Aftercare: After using Dipping Powder

  1. Moisturize your cuticles: Although dipping powder does not dry out your nails like other methods, the removal process can dry out your nails and cuticles. Use a cuticle oil to keep them moisturized and supple.

  2. Take breaks: Let your nails “breathe” once in a while. Between manicure sessions, it is recommended to leave your nails without dipping powder for a week.

  3. Avoid heavy-handed removal: Resist the temptation to pick or pull at your manicure. Use Glowdip's specific removal film for gentle and effective removal.

  4. Strengthen your nails: Use a nail hardener or serum to strengthen your nails, especially if you notice they get 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 you 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 cures when exposed to a special activator.

This difference in how the products cure is why dipping powder manicures are often more durable than traditional lacquer manicures. While traditional lacquer can chip or peel off 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, preparation of the nail is critical. 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 ensures a clean base, resulting in longer-lasting results. In addition, proper preparation also protects against potential damage to the nail, such as lifting or chipping.

How do you 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 enough, effective hydration goes beyond that. True hydration means caring for both the nail and the surrounding skin.

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

  2. Hand creams: A good hand cream not only provides soft hands but also helps moisturize the cuticles, making them look healthy and cared for.

  3. Drinking water: Yes, you read it right! Hydration starts from the inside out. Drinking enough water keeps your skin hydrated, which indirectly contributes to healthier nails.

The risks of improper removal

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

The special removal film 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 problems early.

The benefits of taking a break

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

While dipping powder is less harmful than some other nail treatments, it's still a good idea to give your nails a “breather” every now and then. This can help prevent discoloration and give your nails a chance to recover from any thin or weak spots.

The role of nutrition in nail health

One aspect of nail care that is often overlooked 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 such as eggs, fish, nuts and green leafy vegetables in your diet can make a world of difference in the overall health and appearance of your nails.

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Dipping powder is a great way to have long-lasting, beautiful nails, but as with any manicure method, proper care is crucial. By combining careful pre- and post-care with Glowdip's high-quality products, you ensure that your nails not only stay beautiful, but also healthy. This way, you get the best of both worlds: gorgeous nails and a healthy foundation!

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