I had a dip powder manicure and it didn't chip for a whole month — then it wreaked havoc on my nails

Business Insider | 9/7/2018 | Brenna Opelka, INSIDER
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I got a dip-powder manicure and my nails didn't chip for a month, but they were weak and brittle.

INSIDER consulted Dr. Dana Stern, a New York City dermatologist and nail specialist, along with nail technician Elaine Ling Lee who works at Valley — a quality salon in New York City that does not offer the dip-powder manicure service.

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Lee said that a dip-powder manicure uses colored powder with a resin-type glue to create a long-lasting manicure.

According to Dr. Stern, this type of nail enhancement has been around for a long time.

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The process involves dipping each nail into a jar of powder, which poses sanitation concerns.

It's not often that I leave the house without my fingernails painted. From classic French manicures to foiled metallic gels, I thought I'd experimented with everything — until I discovered long-lasting, chip-free dip-powder manicures.

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As it turns out, dip-powder manicures are not actually that new.

Dr. Dana Stern, MD, a dermatologist and nail specialist in New York City, told INSIDER that powder nails have been around for a long time, but have risen in popularity lately — "most likely due to their 'Instagramability' coupled with their new name: 'dip mani.'" Stern noted that they used to be called "glue manicures."

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At first, I was sold on the concept of longevity, but the manicure actually wreaked havoc on my fragile nails.

When my nail resurfaced from the jar, the technician gently tapped away any excess powder while what remained on my nail was sealed with a special polish. This process was repeated a few times per nail with the powder in my selected shade.

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By the end, my nails looked glossy, but I wondered how sanitary the process was as I considered how many other fingers were dipped in that same jar.

Despite cleaning, taking a boxing class, and coming into contact with other...
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