Are dip powder nails safe?

They may be called “dip powder nails”, but the SNS Nails powder is only for dipping if you’re doing a manicure at home. In salons, nail techs usually sprinkle, or pour, the powder over nails. It’s considered unsanitary to use the same dip powder jar for various clients.

SNS Nail

Another way to share SNS nail powder among clients, but without wasting it, is to use the French manicure mold. A tech can pour a small amount of powder into the mold so the client can dip their tips and end up with the perfect smile finish.

What is this dipping powder? It’s made of tiny grains of the same ingredient found in Krazy Glue—cyanoacrylate. That’s why a nail tech needs to soak nails with an SNS manicure in acetone to remove the finish. But it’s also why they don’t need to use a UV light to set the polish. Users are generally satisfied that their own nails seem stronger and healthier when the manicure is removed.

The SNS nail powder has no odor (unlike super glue). It’s also composed of benzoyl peroxide, titanium dioxide, and acrylic ester polymer. Benzoyl peroxide is a whitener that helps resins (like Plexiglass) harden. Titanium dioxide is found in lots of cosmetics and paints because it’s a pigment, a thickener, and it blocks UV rays. Acrylic ester polymer is the plastic that creates the nail coating.

SNS says those last three components are “organically processed”. All this probably means is that the factory didn’t use hazardous chemicals to refine them for use in the dip powder. The MSDS safety data sheets report that these three ingredients aren’t especially toxic or dangerous to human health as far as they’ve been tested.

Overall, dip powder nails don’t appear to be a big risk to health, and they do seem healthier than other kinds of manicures.