Have you noticed the trend toward Dip Acrylics? Just like Gel Polish nails revolutionized the Gel nail industry, Dip Acrylics appear to be the next revolution.
Gel, Acrylic and Fiberglass are traditional methods of applying enhancements to the natural nail. The natural nail is reinforced OR the length of the nail increased with these methods, while the join and extension are also reinforced. These products require skilled and experience nail technicians to achieve optimum results in cost effective time.
The benefit of Gel Polish versus traditional gels is that it requires much less skill to apply. Many beauty therapists struggled with the difficulty of applying gel when they were not doing it all the time, like the nail technicians were. So products like Gelish, Orly FX and OPI gel polish, despite not lengthening the natural nail, have increased salon profits by reducing the need for specialist nail technician training and long nail appointment times.
One of the most difficult (for me) methods of extending and reinforcing nails is Acrylics. You have to dip your brush in acrylic monomer, and then into acrylic powder, creating a perfectly sized and textured (wetness) ball. It takes practice and requires a feel. Get it wrong and it dries before you can pat it into shape, or it’s too thick and requires seven years of filing, or it runs into the cuticle and dries there. All those outcomes are failures. But get it right and Acrylic creates the strongest, hardiest false nail you can find.
Nails Mag explains how someone found an easier way:
“Three years after completing nail school in 1997, Denise Gottschalk discovered acrylic dip systems. The fast application and nearly next-to-no-learning curve inspired her to incorporate the technique into her menu, and she’s been offering the service ever since”
Gottschalk figured that she could paint resin (product you use to apply tips across all systems or to apply fiber strips in fiberglass nails) on her clients nails, dip them straight into acrylic powder and get the perfect amount of acrylic on the nails in a much shorter time.
Her method also reduced the amount of fumes in the salon, as the liquid monomer used in traditional acrylics is the main fume culprit. It also reduced allergic reactions as no primer or liquid monomer is required. It also reduced the number of tools required to complete a set of nails.
As with nail extensions, some products suit clients and their lifestyle better than others, and I have a suspicion that Gel Polish is not hardy enough for all lifestyles. But for high client turnover salons to go back to difficult and time consuming nail systems is not the solution. Busy salons who do not employ specialist or experienced nail technicians, will lose turnover due to longer appointments; and quality results will take time to achieve.
Instead, we welcome back Dip Acrylics. Quick. Little skill required. Good results.
(And the bonus is, that if you dip into colored powder you don’t need nail polish either. )