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What is dip flu and how do I avoid it?

July 18 2021 – Nadia Stamp

What is dip flu and how do I avoid it? - DIPD NAILS
What is dip flu and how do I avoid it? - DIPD NAILS

The need to know about Dip flu

Dip flu is something which you may or may not have heard of, and you’re probably wondering, is there such a thing? The answer is yes. Dip flu has essentially become the name given to describe a set of symptoms, such as cold and flu-like symptoms. It is not really the flu but more like flu-like symptoms that some people who are sensitive to the dip powder or dip powder liquids can experience when working with salon strength nail compounds.


What’s important is that you know what causes it and how you can avoid it.

Before you found your life-saving, game-changing dip powder system, conveniently at the comfort of your home, you would swing into your local nail salon for your 3 weekly dose of dip powder nails and never really notice Dip flu. Or maybe you have, and just didn’t know, or wasn’t sure what it was.


1. Wear a proper face mask

You may have noticed the salon ladies donning masks (even before the age of COVID). Perhaps you thought that was simply for the fine dust particles, or other nail services like acrylic nails that give off that undeterred pungent smell. The ladies in the nail salons know all about Dip flu. They’re working closely with nails day in and day out applying your salon professional nails, and just as they practice, we highly recommend using a face mask that can properly protect your face. This will help to keep the fumes and dip powder dust particles away from your face and inhalation. There are some that even go as far as using a serious gas mask, which can completely filter fumes and dust particles that are virtually invisible, and properly protects your face from any chance of inhalation.


2. Be aware of chemicals

There are so many dip nail kit brands out there, but whichever your favourite manicure choice may be, you should always check the ingredients. When it comes to Resins, which are used as the base and top coats for your dip nails, there are chemicals which could cause these Dip flu symptoms. Avoid resins that contain formaldehyde, alkyd resins, vinyl, polyesters or Methyl Methacrylate (MMA). These chemicals are often used to improve adhesion and bond to the nail surface, however, are also culprit allergens that can cause allergic reactions, and, of course, Dip flu. DIPD Resins are free from all those chemicals. So, ladies, be sure to check the ingredients.


3. Choose the right Dip nail system

Whilst you're on your way to nail glory, choosing the right Dip Powder system is important in ensuring it is suited to you so that you're not prone to these conditions. As always, your health is always first, so it's best to prevent or even stop any symptoms from progressively getting worse.

Following these steps will help you avoid Dip flu and be well and truly safe on your DIPD journey. Don’t forget to follow our how-to guides, they’ll guide you the right way so that your application reaches nail perfection.

DIPD Nails is a 100% Australian owned and operated Dip Nail Powder System. Not only cruelty-free and vegan, but also free from those harsh chemicals and ingredients mentioned above. As always, we’re here for you, and if you have any questions, we’re just a phone call or email away.

Happy dipping!

Nadia xoxo