I’m now 3 weeks clean of nail products!!
…Okay, more like 3 weeks clean from dips/powders/acrylics/shellacs, and 2 weeks clean of ALL nail products – I had to have my nails painted once it came off to mask the hideosity of a bare nail after months of destroying them.
Dip Removal Process
The whole idea behind going from acrylic to dip nails back in March was to see if the formula would really strengthen the nail underneath particularly after having had damaging acrylics on my nails for so long. Much like how the application process was a mix of acrylic and gel – minus the lamp – the removal process was very similar in this way. I actually went to a different nail salon this time because I lured my boyfriend to take me enticing him with their full bar, but they also do dip, so I was comfortable with them at least removing the product. I doubt that the nail spa I had previously been going to for my dip manicures would’ve removed them exactly this way, but I’m sure the differences in how this salon vs that spa removed the dip are minute.
The removal process is a pretty simple:
- Soak nails in acetone – the salon I went to actually took a coarse grit nail file first to sand down some of the product from the top before applying acetone soaked cotton balls to each nail and then wrapping each fingertip in foil. I’ve also soaked my nails in a bowl of acetone much like in the way you would remove acrylic nails. The idea is to break down as much of that product as possible before sanding it off.
- Low Speed Drill/Light Grit Drill Bit – I’m a firm believer that the drill is what weakens the nail first – but acrylics are just so addicting! And they last so long… Luckily, a pretty big difference between acrylics and dip as far as the removal goes is that you’re still trying to be nice to the nail, particularly in the removal process. The drill is still used, but at a very low speed and a light to medium coarse drill bit is used to remove as much of the dip left on the nail as possible without scraping too much of your real nail – which is the main culprit in weak nails post removal.
After the product was removed, I asked for a regular manicure – cuticle oil & removal, light filing and a light color with top & base coat.
Immediately following my manicure, my nails didn’t feel their strongest. I hadn’t seen my bare, natural nails since last September, so honestly I didn’t expect much anyway. BUT – I will say they felt a lot stronger than had I just taken off acrylic. It could be in my head, but dip also contains vitamins, so even though they were covered in dip from March-June, at least my nails were being infused with some good stuff. My nails grew at a normal pace and did not break when I sneezed or snag on a piece of cotton which is what I’m used to even after removing shellac.
I will say that for that week/week and a half following removal, my left thumb and pinky nail bent in ways I’d rather not describe graphically a few times while doing random chores. Which – I’ve had my nail bend back after lightly bumping into a shelf as I reached into the back of my fridge for a container.
Overall, I’d choose dip over acrylic, shellac, or gel any day if I’m being nail health conscious because my nails feel stronger and feel like they’re getting even stronger faster after dip powder. But until they can figure out a better way to do nail art, I’d go with shellac or acrylic for funky nails.
I will say getting used to shorter, bare nails has been an adjustment. 3 weeks clean and counting – I wonder how long I can keep it up.
The Glam Greek