If you’re a fan of gorgeous nail art but not acrylic, then NexGen nails are the answer to your prayers! You have to dip your nails into a special powder to get a gorgeous manicure!
In this article:
- What Is NexGen Nails?
- NexGen Nails vs SNS
- NexGen Nails Pros
- NexGen Nails Cons
- I Tried It for the First Time and This Is My Verdict
NexGen Nails: A Better Alternative to Your Regular Mani?
What Is NexGen Nails?
Thanks to innovations in the lacquer industry. We don’t need to sacrifice our natural nail beds to get gorgeous nails anymore. NexGen nails promise not to damage natural nails. Using it can take longer than other false nail applications.
Those who have tested it have them for a month and a half without any complaints. Yet, it all depends on how fast your natural nails grow. It’s also easy and more enjoyable to do than regular manicures.
Here are some details you’ll need to know before trying out NexGen Nails.
NexGen Nails vs SNS
So, what’s the difference between NexGen and other nail dipping systems like SNS? Well, they are different brands with the same concept.
NexGen and SNS are in powder form applied to your nails with glue. Both brands dipping systems follow the same nail prep routine and procedure.
NexGen can take up to four weeks or more, and SNS will give you two to three weeks without cracking and fading.
NexGen Nails Pros
1. It Looks and Feels Natural
Beyond looking natural, NexGen guarantees its product feels natural as well. Some users even claim it feels like a part of their body–a second skin or coat to the nails.
2. It Is Chip-Free
It is lightweight, flexible, strong, and durable since it is water-resistant. So, patrons need not worry about chipping and cracking.
3. It Has Health Benefits
NexGen nails ensure the natural nails remain strong. It is rich in calcium and vitamin E to keep your nails healthy.
4. It Is Odor Free
The product is water-resistant. Putting it still allows the natural nails to breathe. Aside from not causing any damage, it is also odor-free.
5. No UV Light
Unlike your regular gel polish, NexGen doesn’t use UV lights to seal the color to your nails. So, bye-bye damage to your nails and nail bed.
6. You Can Still Apply Nail Designs
Worry about your color options? NexGen boasts a selection of nail colors that you can choose.
Besides, you can still apply nail polish on top and enjoy your favorite nail designs.
7. It is Affordable Priced
NexGen costs around $35 to $50. A real value for your money. While the regular acrylic nails will cost you around $20, you have to make three or more salon visits in a month.
Visiting the nail salon at the first sign of chipping will spend more on acrylic nails or gel polish.
NexGen Nails Cons
1. Nail Preparation Takes Time
You can say, the preparation process is one of the downsides of this nail design system. It takes time and is uncomfortable for many.
While every Manicure and pedicure must be ready before anything else, Here’s how the nail technician prepares your nails:
- Sanitize the hands first
- Remove the shine from the nail bed using a fine sand band.
- Drill the nail with as little pressure as possible
- Once done with your nail prep, shape the tips of the NexGen nails using a nail file to take out the sparkle.
- Brush the nails to clean them from any residue
- Apply prep base and base coat
- Dip the nails in the dipping powder
- Apply top coat
Note: If you have sensitive cuticles or nails, the nail technician uses a cuticle pusher instead of a drill.
2. Removing the Application Takes Time
Not is the duration of preparation long and uncomfortable, but it also takes time to remove the color. Although you can remove the polish yourself, I suggest you shouldn’t.
Word on the street that picking on it yourself could make your nails thinner. Trust it to the experts at your nail salon instead.
Since the NexGen nails stay up to a month or more, let your nail tech do the removing on your next nail salon visit.
If you need to take care of it yourself for some reason, here is how:
- Buff your nails and sand off the shine with a buffer
- Clip your nails as short as possible
- Soak* your nails for 15 minutes in pure acetone or soak for 35 minutes in nail polish remover
- Use an orange stick to scrape off the remaining NexGen nail polish.
- Do this again until the application is complete.
Note: You can use cotton balls soaked in pure acetone or nail polish remover. Wrap them with aluminum foil on your fingertips so you can still move around.
As much as you can, avoid this because pure acetone can be strong and you will get rid of a good part of your nail surface.
I Tried It for the First Time, All I Can Say
I went and looked for NexGen nails near me. I found out that nail salons are now offering it.
Luckily, I got a nail technician I was comfortable with and chatted away most of what I knew about NexGen. Now, with my brand new NexGen nails. I felt weird because it was a bit thick for me.
I still can’t help acting like I had acrylic nails on and was worried about chipping. It takes a few days to get used to a proper hand that can do daily tasks.
The good solid four weeks of shine and color on my nails were well worth it. Now, I’m off to my next NexGen nail appointment.
This video from David Hoang will show you how dipping powder ombre nails are done:
The next time you visit the nail salon, you can ask your nail artist to hook you up with NexGen nails. Try it and see the difference.
There are also other products to give you the same effect as NexGen nails. You can try out other dipping powder nail systems or SNS and discover which one suits your style the most.
Whatever nail care you choose for yourself, here’s the best way to take action. Know your nail tech and care options, and find someone you can trust with your nails.
Would you consider trying NexGen nails on your next nail salon visit? Share your thoughts with us in the comments section below!