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SNS: A Healthy Alternative for Growing Long, Natural Nails

SNS: A Healthy Alternative for Growing Long, Natural Nails

What is SNS?

SNS is Signature Nail System. The process involves a dipping system that is natural and healthy to your real nails. SNS dipping powder has no odor, no liquid, no primer and no UV light.

SNS is Signature Nail System. The process involves a dipping system that is natural and healthy to your real nails. SNS dipping powder has no odor, no liquid, no primer and no UV light.

Before I get into how and why I started using SNS to help my natural nails grow long and strong, I'll dive into my nail history.

Way back when, as a wee girl in kindergarten, I can remember always doing my own nails. I was a super advocate for it, even in elementary school when I swore by trimming my nails instead of filing because I was convinced filing made my nails shorter… don't question this theory - it has since died. Here, enjoy a few shameless throwbacks of my nail game in high school.

Anyway, I've always been a pro at doing my own nails, and even offering my talent to family and friends over the years. As an artist, it was just another way for me to transfer painting on the canvas to the nail bed. I learned all I could about nails and how to take care of natural nails for optimal growth - but the bigger issue always overpowered how carefully I took care of my nails.

I'm clumsy!

With my big hands and long fingers I'm always, and I mean ALWAYS slapping my hands into something. The wall, car door, toilet paper holder, refrigerator, my shoes, you name it, I've broken my carefully grown nails on it. And no matter how consistent I was with doing my nails, strengthening base coats, or how much coconut oil I put on my nails, all it took was for me to be careless and rushing (because I'm impatient as well, just being honest here) and my beautiful natural nail would turn into an ugly, cracked, nub nail.

My best friend told me about SNS some months ago, but I wasn't quite yet a believer in consistently paying someone to do my nails when I could do it myself.

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Until she sent me this. And then I became a believer.

I had gone this summer a few times to get gel on my nails but I didn't love it because the color would chip, my nails were still breaking, and I hated how they would scrape off the excess gel that didn't get removed in the soak - it left my nail beds peeling and brittle.

My best friend swore up and down that she could karate chop a brick and her nails wouldn't break (OK, she didn't use those words, but that's how I took it). So I finally took a trip with her to get SNS for the first time. And let's just say I've gone back every 3 weeks ever since.

A couple SNS health benefits

  • SNS are much thinner, light weight, easy to do and most importantly, helps your natural nails grow out stronger and healthier by adding 5 different kinds of Vitamins and Calcium.
  • Choose from hundreds of colors.
  • Removing SNS is a breeze; while having no damage to the nail bed, and it only requires 10 minutes to soak off in Acetone. There is no scrapping involved in removal, just a warm soak. The GELous Soak-off Color Powder is Formaldehyde, Toluene and DBP Free.
  • SNS is long lasting. I go every three weeks to get my nails done. My color has never chipped or cracked, and they dip close to my cuticle which helps the growing out process not look unappealing over the weeks. The longest I've gone is 4 weeks.

I love SNS for a few simple reasons. It allows me to be my clumsy self and continue to grow my natural nails long and strong. Now, my nails, all ten of them are the longest they've ever been together. I've added some shots of my growth since I started using SNS in October. My nails were a horrid mess, about 6/10 of my nails were broken and different sizes, resulting in me needing to cut them all down. Excuse the sizing and quality of these photos.

And my nails now.

Where I get my SNS done:Digits in Thruway Shopping Center, Winston Salem, NC

#SNStip: Be cautious of where you go to get your SNS done. Make sure your salon is licensed. The license will be hanging up with their other licenses and certificates. I almost had a bad SNS experience and literally got up and left when I realized the first salon I went to wasn't licensed. Your nail tech should be trained on how to do this process. Take care of your nails and check for that license, and remember, if you don't see it, it's not offensive to ask.

Do you use SNS? Gel, acrylic, or regular nail polish? What do you do for your nails to keep them long and strong?

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