I wanted to pop in quick here with an overview of my SNS manicure and what it entails, how long they last, the upkeep, etc. I posted a poll about nail shape over on my Facebook page and had some questions that I thought I could answer here.) I’ve been getting SNS manicure for about two months now and really loving having pretty nails on the regular! Let’s dig in here, shall we?
An SNS manicure is also known as “dip” nails, because what the manicurist does is paint your real nails with a bonding agent and then dip your nails into a colored powder. They do this 3 times and then after it is hardened they use the drill the smooth it over and refine it. You can do it over your real nails and it helps them to grow longer, or you can use fake nails under it if you wish. I only use the powder over my real nails and they are the longest they have ever been! I go back and forth with longer and shorter lengths, as my nails grow really fast, and have them cut back every month or so. In the picture above I had just gotten them redone and they are the longest I have had them. I ask for an elongated oval shape and it is pretty fun to have them that way for a bit. I am really dressed down most of the time and I like that my nails always look nice and pretty. When they get TOO long I find they get annoying when I am working out or typing on my computer or phone. I have had short nails forever, so this has been FUN for sure. I like that these are my real nails, though, and that they can be cut back and the shape changes as my mood changes.
Like gel or the old version of acrylic nails, as your nails grow you can see a “grow line” along your cuticles. I always get this same neutral color so the grow out blends pretty well. I can go 2-3 weeks before getting them redone and they aren’t that noticeable to anyone but me.
When you go back in to get them refreshed they drill down just the topcoat, them soak them off like you do gels. I have not seen any damage to my real nails when they take them off. They then shape your nails again and cut them if you need to. At some point if it becomes a hassle to go in every 2-3 weeks I’ll just soak them off and cut them right down, then put on clear and let them be.
After they soak them off they redo the process to get them back on with the dip powder. There are a million colors to choose from, but in my experience the lighter colors grow out better. My fave color is from Gellish and is the color New Romance (shown above in top picture and bottom left.) I personally prefer darker/bolder colors only on short nails, and a pale pink if mine are long (I had the crazy long, acrylic, airbrushed nails in the 90’s and you can’t make me go back lol.)
The awesome thing about SNS is that the color never fades and the it does not chip. You can bang your hands up really good (I do CrossFit), open up a million packages, etc, and the color stays true. They are virtually indestructible. I would say the drawback would be the upkeep (you have to have them done every 2-3 weeks), and cost (my salon is $40+tip to have them done.) Right now I have the time to do it and it is a fun splurge, so I go for it. We shall see when it is summer vacation and I have less time!
So tell me, can I answer any other questions you have? Who has had SNS done, any opinions?