A dip powder manicure enhances your overall beauty by making your nails look attractive. But all good things do not last forever. Similarly, your LDS dip powder nails show signs of wear and tear after three weeks. It becomes imperative to remove them to enable you to have a fresh coat.
If you feel removing dip powder is a chore, you are in for a pleasant surprise. Various methods of removing LDS dipping powder from nails are available. We shall discuss some of them that you can do at home without visiting a nail salon.
The Traditional Way of Removing Dip Powder
Generally, you use a nail polish remover containing acetone. Though we shall discuss alternative modes of removal, you should know the official guidelines, as well.
Step 1: Use a sterilized nail file or sandpaper to remove the gel top shine. Though it is not necessary to remove all the color layers, you should sand off the gloss before using acetone to remove dipping powder.
Step 2: Take some acetone in a small container. Soak your nails for around ten to fifteen minutes. The dip powder should drop off quickly.
Step 3: Alternatively, you can wrap each of your nails in a cotton ball soaked in acetone and cover them with a foil. Though ten minutes should be sufficient, it is advisable to soak your nails for fifteen to twenty minutes to ensure comfortable removal.
Step 4: Use a paper towel to wipe off the powder.
The upside is that it is the best-proven method for removing dipping powder polish. On the other hand, the drawback is that acetone can irritate your skin, eyes, and throat. The odor can be nauseating, as well, to make you feel dizzy or give you a headache.
Alternative ways of removing dipping powder polish
Using Nail Polish Remover
Nail polish removers contain acetone but not in its purest form. Along with acetone, these solutions have scented oils, perfumes, and other chemicals. As acetone can dehydrate your nails, these chemicals restore the balance and moisturize the nails and prevent them from cracking.
If you plan to use a nail polish remover without acetone, you should be ready to soak your nails for more extended periods. It might stretch to 20-30 minutes for dissolving the LDS dip nails. The rest of the manicuring procedures are the same as discussed above.
Skipping acetone altogether is a good idea because of the side-effects of using acetone. However, using acetone is the best and recommended method of removing nail polish.
If you do not want to use acetone, using alcohol is a suitable alternative. Though pure alcohol is the best solution, you can use your hand sanitizer or even the vodka you have saved for Christmas to remove dipping powder. Anyway, you should ensure to choose the solution with the highest concentration of pure alcohol for getting the best results.
- The initial part of the process is the same. Sand off the top layer of the gel coat.
- Soak your nails in alcohol until the polish feels soft and sticky.
- Alcohol is not as effective as acetone when it comes to removing nail polish.
- Therefore, the soaking period should be longer.
- It is a better idea to remove your dipping powder polish layer-by-layer when using alcohol.
- Hence, it can take anything between 30 to 40 minutes to do so.
The positive aspect is that alcohol does not dry out your skin as much as acetone does. On the other hand, inhaling alcohol fumes for extended periods can make you feel ill. You can prevent the inhalation by using a mask or setting up a fan to blow the odor away from you.
Using other household items
Using acetone or alcohol is the ideal way to remove nail polish. However, there are some alternatives available that you can try out.
You can try out slow-drying nail polish to dissolve the manicure. The procedure is to apply a layer of such polish on your nails and wipe it using a clean towel. Repeating the process several times can disintegrate the manicure layer by layer.
Distilled white vinegar is also an excellent alternative to remove dip powder polish. However, vinegar is an acid and hence, harsh on your nails. It is better to avoid scratching your manicure hard. One should follow the sanding and soaking process discussed earlier in this article.
Hydrogen peroxide mixed with hot water can also help to remove dip powder polish from your nails. However, this procedure can make your fingertips white because of the bleaching effect of hydrogen peroxide. Your manicure can also become weak.
Some people suggest using a mixture of baking soda and toothpaste to remove nail polish. People have also tried using solvents like turpentine or mineral spirits.
Though we have discussed several ways of removing LDS dipping powder, the ideal method is to use acetone or a nail polish remover containing acetone. Follow the procedure, and have a wonderful time removing the dip powder polish and preparing your nails for the next coat.