Updated Dip Powder Manicure
I tried the Dip Powder Manicure, and a few months ago and I really like it. This technique is an alternative to Acrylic but it's very similar. My nail technician explained that it's faster to put on and lasts a lot longer than my usual gel manicure.
Here's how it works:
First, I asked her to add tips to get the long curved look, so after she stuck the tips on with glue, she began the nail dipping process. She dipped my nails in the power solution after applying something on my nails, then dusted off the excess powder and repeated this process 3 times. For the last step, she added a top coat and placed my hand under the UV light to seal it. In about 20 minutes, I was done and on my way out.
I recommend this new manicure technique if you're into fake nails. It is a little pricey, the first time cost $35 and every time after that will be $40. There are also youtube tutorials on how to do this yourself so look those up to save some money. I wouldn't do it again because even though it lasts for almost 4 weeks, it's very difficult to take off. It took over an hour to scrape it off my finger and I don't want to go through that again lol.
Update: So after using tips for about 2 months, I decided to take them off and the only way to salvage my nails was by using the dip technique. They protect my thining nails and allow them to grow naturally. The image of my red nails is my real nails, and I love how they look and how firm they feel. I would recommend trying the Dip technique cause it's definitely better. My opinion has also changed because I'm going to a different nail salon and I prefer the way they do the Dip technique. The process is much smoother and they do not use UV lights to seal them.