Manicures exist in various forms, including acrylics, bio seaweed gels, dip powder, and extension, each with its own set of benefits and drawbacks. Two of the most common manicure treatments, bio seaweed gel nail paint, and dip powder, are acrylic-based, but they differ in a few key ways.
Here are the major differences between bio seaweed gel polish and dip powder manicures, whether you’re holding your breath till you feel secure approaching your preferred salon or you’re currently trying DIY manicures.
The application procedure
What is the main distinction between bio seaweed gel and dip powder manicures? How they are applied on the nail. The easiest way to distinguish between bio seaweed gel and dip powder is why they’re administered. The bio seaweed gel is applied like conventional nail paint, and each coat is cured in an Ultraviolet or LED lamp.”
Photo-initiated monomers, released when exposed to light, are found in bio seaweed gel manicure polishes. This enables the polish to “harden or cure,” allowing it to stick to the nails. UV lights are commonly used because they perform faster than LED lights, typically for under 45 seconds. Simply put, bio seaweed gel polish is applied to the nail and cured with sunlight (without the UV or LED light, it will remain wet).
Dip manicures, on either hand, are created by mixing colour powder acrylic with a glue-like resin that dries in the air. The application procedure is exactly as it appears. After applying a base or primer coat, each nail is dipped into a small jar of colour acrylic powder while still wet. Layers will be applied by your stylist (or you at home). Once the desired coverage is achieved (typically two to three rounds of dipping), the product is cured by brushing on an activator polish as a top coat — no UV light is necessary.
Bottom line: Bio seaweed gel polishes are applied like ordinary nail polish, but UV or LED light is needed to solidify. Dip powder includes dipping each finger in an acrylic-colored powder and then applying an activating polish as a protective coating that cures in the air.
A decent bio seaweed gel manicure can last two to three weeks when applied correctly. On the other hand, bio seaweed gel polish may not last even two weeks for people with oilier nail beds or who are prone to nail chipping.
Dip powder manicures are often more durable than bio seaweed gel manicures. Dip powder is a glue-based resin that solidifies in the presence of oxygen. Simply put, dip powder polymers are tougher than those present in bio seaweed gel polish, which means that if properly cared for, dip manicures can last up to five weeks.
Bottom line: Bio seaweed gel manicures last two to three weeks on average, but dip powder manicures can last up to five weeks (with proper prep, application, and maintenance).
Process of removal
Dip powder manicures’ are acrylic-like; the multi-layered structure can last longer than bio seaweed gel, making them more difficult to remove.
Bio seaweed gel polish is significantly easier to separate than dip powder in general. Both require soaking, although the dip powder will take more time. You’ll need at least 30 minutes to do bio seaweed gels and dip powder manicures at the beauty parlor or at home.
The removal techniques are identical for both. After gently sloughing off the top layer of lacquer with a fine nail file, the nails are immersed in an acetic acid solution. While acetone-soaked cotton balls can be used to remove bio seaweed gels, it’s important to soak fingers directly in acetone to remove dip powder; normally, your nails will need to be immersed for 10 to 20 minutes. Dip powder takes longer to break down and remove than bio seaweed gel polish by its dense, multi-layered, and enamel paint nature.
Nail damage is a possibility.
With both bio seaweed gel polish and dip powder, impatience might result in nail damage during the removal procedure. Both manicures have the ability to ruin your nail beds, particularly during removal. Many people become irritated with the time it takes for the bio seaweed gel to disintegrate, and they tear the polish off, damaging the nail.