Discover the latest trend from tip-to-toe!

First it was shellac, then gel, and now...powder? This new manicure hack is all the rage, and is now available at Calhoun Nail Spa in Calhoun Square!

Curious about dip powder nails? We’ve compiled our thoughts below, including some pros and cons.

The Process

Dip powder is a newer, quicker process for achieving longer-lasting nail color. In fact, most people notice results for up to a month. The process is in the name - you simply dip your nails into a jar of powder and apply a topcoat. For those getting a professional manicure, the dipping process is foregone in the name of hygiene, and instead a nail specialist will pour the powder over your nails. Perhaps the biggest benefit is for those who get regular manicures. There’s no exposure to UV light required!

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  • It can last up to a month, whereas gel polish lasts roughly a couple weeks. This means you’re spending less time and money on your nails…a win-win all around!

  • It’s not much more costly than a gel polish treatment. And because it lasts longer, you don’t need to splurge as often.

  • It is a very quick process that doesn’t require exposure to UV light. Although UV is used in only small amounts for gel, we now know that any exposure isn’t the best for you. Skip this step altogether with dip nails!

  • There’s less of a typical acrylic smell involved with powders. This may not be a deal breaker for you, but some folks can’t tolerate the acrylic nail smells well. Rest assured you won’t be overpowered with dip powders.


  • In terms of color, powder isn’t as exact. Because there’s no polish involved, the finished color may not look exactly like the powder color (Tip: Choose a nail polish color first, and ask the nail tech to choose a powder that can closely match it)

  • It can end up thicker than normal polish (in fact, it’s often referred to as a diet acrylic because of the thickness), so choosing a more natural nail shape usually works best

  • As with any long-lasting solution, it does come with some drawbacks. Experts agree it’s important to only use sparingly, giving your nails ample time to recuperate, breathe and stay healthy. And as always, with gel, shellac or powder, it’s important to have a professional remove the product so you don’t run the risk of damaging your nails.

If you’re interested in giving dip powder nails a try, visit Calhoun Nail Spa for an appointment