What Is an SNS Manicure and Is It Worth the Hype?

Walking into a room with a fresh manicure on your nails can give you a little power kick and boost in self-esteem. Whether you pick gel, shellac, or acrylics, there’s always the guilty conscience that reminds you of the UV light or excessive buffing techniques that are slowly destroying your skin and nails.

Gel manicures have been the popular choice for customers due to their long-lasting effects and the range of beautiful colors that are available. However, doctors and experts tend not  recommend gel nail polish.

Although gel manicures give your nails a fresh new look and feel, tend often make your nails weak and brittle over time. The removal process of gel varnish is even worse as the acetone and buffing can severely leave your nails damaged, with a long road to recovery.

With gel manicures having so many cons, you may think a natural nail is your only option. Thanks to SNS manicures, however, you can have all the benefits of gel nails without any of the harmful UV rays.

What are SNS Nails?

Say goodbye to frustrating chips and harmful UV rays, SNS manicures are here to keep your nails chip-free and looking good.

SNS stands for Signature Nail System and uses dipping powders to apply color to your nails. These dipping powders are packed with vitamins and minerals such as calcium, vitamins A, B5, D, and E, all of which work to keep your nails healthy while giving them a fresh look.

The formula used in the dipping powders claim to strengthen your nails and maintain their health, in addition to giving you range of colorful options to choose from.

Benefits of SNS nails:

  • Odorless
  • Product prevents nail damage
  • Looks and feels natural
  • Good range of colors available
  • Strengthens nails
  • UV lamp is not required
  • Contains vitamins and minerals

Dozens of salons and spas are offering the SNS manicure and customers seem to be very satisfied with the results. However, there is one caveat. The removal process is still not any better than the removal of gel varnish from your nails.

While the product itself does not cause any damage to your nails, the damage occurs during removal.

To remove SNS dipping powder, not only do you have to soak your nails in acetone (which is terrible for your skin) the safety of the dipping powder is brought into question.

The side effects of acetone include:

Even though the dipping powder used on your nails say that they boost your nail health, the powder does contain acrylic, which might not be the best ingredient for your nails.

When you compare the different types of manicures with each other, it seems that SNS nails have a little bit of an edge with their nutrient-based dipping powders. Not only that, but their long-lasting effects that can be achieved without exposing our hands to a UV lamp.

We’ll have to wait and see if SNS manicures are here to stay, or simply just a trend that is being explored for now.

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