If you’re into nail trends, you probably got your first soak-off gel polish manicure a good few years ago. It seems the long-lasting gel nail colour application which involves applying a few coats of nail colour (plus a base and top coat) and then keeping the nails under a UV light in between application, has proved to be a massive hit.
Last month we were invited to experience a Dip Your Way to Gorgeous Nails with the Gelish Dip System manicure. We were completely intrigued and blown away with the results – our sparkly mani lasted four weeks. And boy did we go out of our way to chip them – plenty of dishwashing, gardening and even a spot of climbing.
The concept of Dip Acrylic has been around for a while – it could fix split and broken nails and was generally an easier way to overlay natural nails. Then it went out of fashion for a bit. Now powder coating enhancements are making a comeback because they boast longer-lasting results when applied properly.
So how does it work? Firstly an adhesive is applied to a natural or acrylic nail. Then, the still-wet nail is dipped into a pot of Gelish Dip acrylic powder, two to three times to build up a strong colour. An activator is then applied over the powder to dry the glue. When the activator touches the acrylic powder a chemical reaction begins the bonding and hardening process. The nail is then buffed to shape and shined. No more boring waiting around while your nails dry under the lamp.
Check out how quick and easy the whole process is below.
Fans of the French manicure will also rejoice that Gelish dip also includes five French shades. The dip jar used for this literally creates a perfect smile line every time. The two sides of the jar offer a choice between precise round or oval French smile lines in super-fast time. The other thing that really impressed us about the Gelish Dip was the odour – or more precisely, the lack of it. We asked Romy Pfaff from Sparkle Cosmetics SA about that and a few more things.
So what caused that smell before?
The smell was caused by a liquid monomer. Gelish Dip does not use a monomer, just a resin; an activator and finely milled acrylic powders. The activator is not a spray anymore but a brush on one which also eliminates any nasty smells.
What’s the big plus for the client trying this out for the first time?
Gelish Dip is odourless, has a faster application time and is available in 44 matching Gelish and Morgan Taylor colours.
Is it not a wee bit unhygienic to dip so many fingers in the same pot?
There’s no reason it should be. A nail therapist or technician must always sanitise the client’s nails before any application. If a client is concerned they can “sprinkle” the product over instead of dipping the nails.
What’s the most exciting thing from a nail tech’s point about this system?
Gelish Dip is good for the novice. Nail technicians and nail therapists can use it easily, there’s no need for acrylic brushes to build the nail, no lamps or electric fans.
What’s the cost of having it done?
Salons will charge between R320 and R400 for an application.
Here are the products used in the Gelish Dip manicure: