With what seems to be like a never-ending list of manicure options out there, you might be a little confused as to what one to get. One, in particular, you might have heard about or been recommended is an SNS manicure. What is it exactly? What does it consist of, and is it going to be right for you? Well, here is everything you are going to want to know.
So, what is an SNS manicure? An SNS manicure is a type of dip nail manicure using product from a brand known as SNS (Signature Nails System). This product is odorless and requires no liquid or UV light to cure/set, instead using only a powder and glue. SNS nails are lightweight and considered an alternative to acrylic/gel nails.
As a result, an SNS manicure can provide your natural nails with the protection they need to grow out stronger while providing you with style and color in the meantime!
But what does this manicure consist of and why may you even want to order one?
Let’s find out, shall we?
What Does A SNS Manicure Consist Of?
An SNS manicure consists of applying SNS products over the type of your natural nails. This will be a powder and a glue used together to create an overlay bond.
You have the choice of many different colors, just as you would if you opted for acrylics, gel or regular nail polish.
The process of applying SNS nails typically includes the following:
- Nails are filed, shaped, and cleansed with a (base) primer.
- A coat of Resin is applied on top of the natural nail plate.
- Each finger is dipped into the color powder, one at a time.
- Resin is applied to each finger again.
- An activator is then brushed over the nail between 1-3 times.
- Lastly, a glossy top coat is applied for durability and shine.
One thing to note here is that SNS adds a nutrient blend to all of its products, including dip powders, bases, and sealers.
This nutrient blend includes essential vitamins and minerals – all of which contribute to a healthy nail bed.
Vitamin A, E, B5, D3, calcium, and zinc all help protect the natural nail while also helping to nourish it.
The other good news is that SNS formulations are designed to reduce the chemical load on natural nails, where natural ingredients are favoured and used as standard.
How Long Do SNS Manicures Last?
An SNS manicure typically lasts for 2-3 weeks, on average. Beyond this time, chipping and fading are more likely. That being said, how well they are applied, how well nails are taken care of, what they are exposed to, and general natural nail health are all factors that can impact their longevity and wear.
Just as is the case with any manicure, if you do opt for an SNS manicure, you do need to be mindful of looking after your nails afterward to ensure their maximum longevity.
So, try not to expose them to any harsh products, wear gloves as and where you can, minimize any potential collisions with items, etc.
However, SNS nails are often favoured for being stronger than other types of manicures.
When you’re finished with your SNS manicure, all you need to do is soak your nails in acetone for 15-20 minutes, and they will fall off.
How Much Is An SNS Manicure?
SNS manicures can range from anywhere from $25 all the way up to $75. It ultimately depends on your location and salon. That being said, $50 appears to be an average price to expect.
It also depends on whether you are having an SNS manicure on natural nails or you require a removal too.
If you do require removal, you can expect the cost to be toward the $70-$75 price point.
Without it, you may get an SNS manicure for $30-40.
Just consider that you do tend to get what you pay for when it comes to nail salon pricing.
Increased pricing usually is a sign of expertise or product quality.
This is not always the case, however, and due diligence into the salon is still advised.
Where To Get An SNS Manicure
Most salons that offer a dip powder manicure will often offer an SNS manicure. Otherwise, a simple google search or contacting a prospective salon ahead of time is advised.
Running searches into search engines such as:
“SNS Manicure Near Me,”
“SNS Manicure [your location]” or,
“SNS Manicure Salon [your location]”
These are all good places to start.
Just be sure to check out customer reviews and pricing ahead of time.
One other thing you can do is head over to the SNS website to actively seek out an SNS-certified salon.
These salons have had to go through specific training to learn the fundamental and advanced nail techniques unique to the SNS nail systems.
Can You DIY An SNS Manicure?
You can do a DIY SNS manicure, so long as you purchase all of the required products ahead of time.
In fact, the application of SNS products is known to be relatively simple and doesn’t have a particularly long learning curve.
That’s because SNS dip powders are naturally ultra-fine, making them easier to apply than other nail products out there.
If you are going to attempt to do these nails at home, I would recommend getting a starter kit – just to ensure you have everything you need and s that you don’t mix products and brands.
You will likely save a bit of money in the process, too.
SNS is considered a better manicure to gel nails for two reasons. One they typically last longer and are more durable, and two, they are considered a healthier manicure – both for your natural nails and general health (not requiring a UV lamp to set).
SNS is considered a better manicure to acrylic nails; they tend to last longer and also are considered better for the natural nail – helping to improve their health. Acrylic nails are also known to cause damage and you are advised to take breaks, something that is not recommended for SNS manicures.
You can do SNS nails on short nails, or any other length or type of nail for that matter. This is mainly because the application involves dipping.
SNS nails are certified vegan and cruelty free.
Hey – I’m Jemma – a certified nail technician and manicurist with over fifteen years of hands-on industry experience. I created AlmondNails.com to share all that I have learned about the nail industry – from the different types of manicures available, suggestions for wear, recommendations for keeping nails strong and healthy, all the way through to providing the best nail salon tips and practices.