Are Dip Nails Healthier Than Gel Manicures?

One of the top questions people have regarding the plethora of at home manicure systems is dip nails better or healthier than uv nail polish or semicured gel nail polish strips?

The super short answer is no - and here’s why

Dip powder based at home manicures are made out of fine acrylic powder - and typically people apply their dip nails in a room in their house where there is no clear ventilation. Which means you end up breathing this dip powder like it or not (and more likely twice since you are exposed to it during the application process and removal process). 

Have you ever wondered why when you go to the nail salon many nail techs wear masks while filing off your acrylic manicure? 

The reason why is because that fine acrylic powder can easily be breathed into your lungs which can be toxic

In fact there’s an actual medical term for the condition that you can develop if you inhale this powder and it’s called dip flu

I know it sounds extreme and even maybe a little unbelievable - but it’s something to consider if you’re looking for a way to get beautiful professional looking nails at home. You’ll most likely use this type of at home manicure system for years to come, especially if you want to invest in all the tools you might need for dip. 

UV gel nail polish - and by default semicured gel nail strips don’t require you to use any fine powders to get a trendy manicure. Although the gel removal process, if done incorrectly, can over time harm your nail bed that can be easily fixed. 

If you do use dip - be sure to apply and remove your dip nails in a well ventilated area and be sure to wear a mask. You can reduce the risk of developing dip flu and damaging your lungs in the long run. 

Or if you’re tired of having to wear masks all the time - you could always try an alternative like gel nail polish strips . The application process is much easier and less messy than dip and you can still get a flawless manicure at home. 

If you’re interested in trying out cured gel nail strips and want a super easy starter kit, check out our Jelcie Starter Kit here.