To Dip or Not to Dip

About the Course
This course discusses techniques for the application and removal of acrylic powder nails, commonly referred to as “dipped” nails. The course explains details regarding the pros and cons of this technique compared to gel and acrylic nails. Cosmetologists will review common ingredients found in acrylic products as they relate to FDA and OSHA regulations and warnings. This course will also cover steps for application and removal to avoid health complications for the provider and client, along with the description of potential negative health results that have occurred with dipped nail procedures.

Learning objectives
  • Compare acrylic powder techniques to gel and acrylic nails.
  • Identify the positive and negative indicators of offering acrylic powder services.
  • Explain the steps for safe application and removal of acrylic powder nails.
  • Identify and explain the OSHA and FDA regulations and warnings for use of acrylic products.
  • List and define health complications, both for provider and client, resulting from acrylic powder services, and procedures to avoid them.
About the Author
Jo Ann M. Stills began her career as the owner of a successful salon. From that position, she moved into an educational focus as Manager and Styles Director for Trend International Beauty colleges. Further career development led her to the position of Salon Manager for a chain of corporate owned salons. In the first year of this position, she successfully headed off a unionization effort and increased salon revenues by 37%. The year the salon was sold, we reached $1 million level, with a 98% customer satisfaction rate.