What is the dip flu? Should you worry about it? And what can we all do to prevent it? Keep reading for all the answers!
The term “dip flu” is buzzing around, and it’s pretty alarming! Especially as we head into the actual flu season.
So today we’re tackling what the term dip flu means, how to know if you need to be concerned about it, and what steps you can take to prevent it.
First of all, you’ll find that dip flu has become a catch-all term for any kind of allergic reaction some dip mani users have.
Whether you’re dipping at home, or at a salon, there are occasional side effects.
Since it’s not an official medical condition, descriptions of the symptoms vary, but usually include:
- Infected skin (especially surrounding the nail bed)
- Generally irritated skin
- Respiratory irritation
Before we go any further - if you are currently experiencing any of these symptoms, please contact your physician immediately!
Despite what a lot of our grandmothers told us, beauty should NOT cause pain!
Getting a dip powder manicure should be a fun, relaxing process that doesn't create painful allergic reactions.
So what's creating these dip flu symptoms in some users? Causes likely include:
- Poor hygiene
- Allergies to the dip liquid formulas
- Allergies to the dip powder
- Pre-existing skin conditions
- Pre-existing respiratory conditions
If you've experienced an infection after a salon dip mani, or you want to ensure you *don't* get any infection from a salon mani, there are preemptive steps you can take.
- Ask how the salon used the dip powder. Using a separate container and pouring the powder over the nail is more hygienic than just dipping directly into the shared jar. Be sure they do not pour the excess powder back into the original jar.
- Bring your own dip powder with you! Your salon tech will be happy to oblige, and you won’t have to worry about contaminated powder.
- Make sure your salon uses freshly sterilized tools - this is important no matter what kind of mani you’re getting! Don’t feel embarrassed, or like you’re being high maintenance. Your health is worth it!
If you find that you are highly allergic to the actual formulas, you can take steps to limit your exposure during the process.
- Many people find that using a high-quality construction mask during the process helps them breathe freely and avoid the irritation and headaches from inhaling the products’ scent.
-For any type of nail application, including dipping, be sure to apply products or do your nails in an open or well-ventilated room.
-Note that well-ventilated does not mean having a fan blowing on you - that can kick the powder into the air! Be sure the a/c or the breeze from outdoors isn’t too strong nor blowing dust around.
-Do your nails in an environment with a lot of light, so you know if you’re spilling product. Being diligent with how you’re applying the products helps minimize the amount of cleanup after doing your nails. You’ll save time, and help prevent irritation.
-Use an old towel, cloth, or mat that can be easily washed on your work surface so you can properly catch and dispose of dust particles.
-Consider using an air purifier or even a humidifier to prevent dry air or breathing in dust particles.
-After application, shake off all the dust outside on a non-windy day.
-Hop in the shower immediately once your nails are dried to rinse off any remaining residue.
If you have a pre-existing condition that means you’re a bit more sensitive in general, you may find that an easier, more comfortable way to take care of your nails is with a 5-Free polish.
Cacee Beauty’s Timeless Lacquer line is super easy-to-apply. It comes in a wide range of shades, and doesn’t include potential irritants like toluene, camphor, formaldehyde, formaldehyde resin, and DBP (dibutyl phthalate).
Also schedule a time to talk with your doctor about options for identifying underlying allergies.
Figuring out exactly which ingredients cause issues can help you find the best manicure options that have you feeling, and looking great.
We’re here to help you get the best-looking, best-feeling manicures possible. Check out our dip mani tutorials here, and our FAQ answers here.