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sns nails| the pros and cons

Self care. Much like we are embracing the word NO as being a full sentence, I’m hoping the broken record like mentions of self care in our mom spaces will eventually help us to understand that the mere level of such abilities to juggle like a million things at once will make us understand how important it is to find that one thing for ourselves and do it. Often.

This year I pondered over what would be my non negotiable when it came to self care in 2016. I don’t care for the hair salon, I love clothes but I’m not a big shopper so I pondered and pondered on that one thing that would be affordable and convenient and I came up with keeping my nails done. As a reformed nail polish hoarder, I no longer have a desire to do my own nails so I decided to sign up for bi-weekly visits to the nail salon.

At just a month in I am hooked. Something about looking down at my nails as I type or drive makes me happy. After having tried manicures with my real nails that barely lasted for a few days and having gel done in the past and not caring for the light used to dry them or the thickness I decided to try the SNS nails option at the recommendation of a mom at the kids school. SNS stands for Standard Nail System

Got in the nail salon and didn’t have a clue what the process looked like for SNS nails but I liked hers so decided to give it a whirl and I am hooked.

Basically SNS is supposed to be a natural and healthy alternative to gels and acrylics. It overlays over your real nails no matter how short and consists of putting a clear top coat on your nails and then dipping them in a colored powder, that process is repeated twice. Your nails are then filed and evened out before a gel coat seals in everything.

The end result lasts for two weeks with amazing shine and no lifting. Sure you could stretch to 3 weeks but how my self care regimen is set up I’m on a bi weekly schedule….for now.

I love this process so much, here is a little more on my pros and cons.

SNS Pros:

  • Two minute drying time with no light
  • End product is very thin. Feels like your real nails
  • Minimal filing down of your real nails
  • The vitamin E and calcium in the powder strengthens your real nails

    SNS Cons:

  • More expensive. Unlike gels or acrylic there is no such thing as a fill in, the color has to be soaked off every time. I pay $25 each time.
  • Takes longer than other nail options
  • It is hard to gauge how the color will turn out as it is in a powder form. You have to rely on the nail dummy instead of seeing the actual color in a nail polish bottle.

I hope you are practicing some form of self care this year. If you are not please find that thing or things to satisfy yourself.

Do you keep your nails done?

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50 Comments

  • Nerd Girl says: February 6, 2016 at 8:42 am

    Never heard of this procedure, but your nails look great!

    I am a polish hoarder and I do my own nails – every Sunday night. I love doing them.

    I made a similar self care pledge this year. I now have my locs washed and re twisted (at Walmart!) once a month and it has been marvelous.

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  • Charee says: February 6, 2016 at 11:48 am

    I loooove SNS! I was turned out by my girlfriend about a month ago and I won’t use anything else. Def my new love!
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  • Diqueta says: February 6, 2016 at 12:23 pm

    Thanks for the info! I’d never heard of SNS before. I will definitely give them a shot 🙂

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  • Sabrina says: February 7, 2016 at 11:27 am

    I need to try this SNS process because I stopped getting my nails done because of the lifting and chipping but I do miss the look of having freshly manicured hands. Now I just have to find a nail salon.
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  • Tia says: February 8, 2016 at 8:49 am

    I’m all about that quick drying time. Gel manicures here cost more than $25 so I’d be saving money with this option. I’ve never heard of SNS nails. Your nails look natural and that’s what I love about gel manicures. One of my goals for this year was to stay on top of my nail care and at least polish them regularly.
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  • Farrah says: February 12, 2016 at 11:48 am

    I just started getting my nails done last year , after years of doing them myself. I absolutely love it, I try to get them done when I get a pedicure evryy two or three weeks. I have never heard of SNS but it cheaper than the gel I get down here, so I will be looking into trying them out. I’s just something about doing something for yourself every once in awhile that puts a little more pep in your step:)

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    • Karen says: November 3, 2016 at 5:43 pm

      Do they use the drill with SMS mail system?

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      • Mimi says: November 5, 2016 at 1:47 pm

        Yes, but lightly once the color powder has dried to even out the surface. At least this is what my technician does.

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  • Amanda says: February 12, 2016 at 3:40 pm

    I was/am such a nail polish hoarder also. Lately I’ve been getting my nails done too. I’ve never of SNS but I will definitely try it out.
    Your nails look great! Google here I come.

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  • Lisa says: February 21, 2016 at 10:39 pm

    I have been getting French gel, but I don’t like the way they look after about a week. The white tips have taken on another color—pink the first time I had them done and then greyish the second time. They looked dirty. I painted over them myself, but it isn’t lasting.

    Where did you have them done? A friend of my recommended the salon near Publix on Eagle’s Landing. Very reasonably priced.
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    • Donna says: December 20, 2016 at 10:20 am

      Using any type of hand sanitizer will change the color of gel polish, especially white. I found this out the hard way, they turned grey and dirty like I had something sticky on them. My nail salon has been asking me if I am interested in SNS. Based on this, I will give it a try.

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    • Nankenn says: December 22, 2016 at 10:44 pm

      If you gel polish is changing color it’s because you nail tech is using cheap product….. Look at the bottle…. Either poi or gellish brand will not turn unless you smoke or tan.
      As for the sins dip it’s a great product and a lot of nail shops are charging more just because they can….

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  • Mari says: May 13, 2016 at 4:34 pm

    SNS are great! Have been using the product for almost a year after many years of acrylic and gel nails.

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  • Charlotte says: August 26, 2016 at 9:21 pm

    I just got my and manicure today. Love than there is no light cure. Just got squamous cell carcinoma removed from the top of my hand due to use of uv light.
    There are a lot of steps, but it’s just so cool. Seems to be a little less glossy/shiny than gel, but, I like that it’s actually good for Nails, and NO UV LIGHT!!

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    • Mimi says: August 31, 2016 at 8:27 am

      YES! I love that there is no light used. Yes more steps and a little more expensive but it’s my favorite now.

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  • Ginni says: August 29, 2016 at 5:20 pm

    i just found out about the SNS nail system had it done for first time about two weeks ago due to fact my nail stylist was useing it and her nails looked natural i was using the gel and hated how thick it made my nails look but im in NH and have found out that the SNS here is about ten dollars more then gels but its so dang worth it !

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    • Mimi says: August 31, 2016 at 8:30 am

      So. Dang. Worth. It!! Indeed looks more natural and while not as shiny I think it totally works and lasts for a good while. I’ve even gone 4 weeks when using natural colors. Thanks for stopping by!

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  • Peggy says: September 10, 2016 at 10:49 am

    I’m on the second tour of SNS and I love it. But, alas! I hate the color. It was lighter on the model nail. Other than taking it all off, is there anything I can do to change the color ? Color over it maybe ?

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    • Mimi says: September 10, 2016 at 4:28 pm

      I’ve had that happen before and unfortunately that is a down side. When I asked if I could get a polish change she said it would all have to be soaked off and the process started again. Let’s just say I lived with it for two weeks!

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  • Peggy says: September 11, 2016 at 8:22 pm

    How about painting over them with another color?

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    • Pamela says: October 5, 2016 at 1:31 am

      Hi i painted over with opi colour turned out fine and can change if wanted too. Use a non acetone based polish remover to remove opi colour….

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  • Shari says: October 22, 2016 at 7:01 pm

    Just a minor correction to an otherwise great post – there’s no such thing as ‘natural’ or ‘healthy’ when it comes to any system of falsifying nail appearance.

    Why?

    Because it’s not the products used, it’s the technician who applies them that determines whether nails will ultimately suffer long term damage or not.

    There’s a lot of word play and downright false advertising when it comes to artificial nail products – but in the end, it’s not the product that will determine the condition of your nails; it’s all down to the one who applies them.

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    • Nankenn says: December 22, 2016 at 10:48 pm

      True!!!!! I recently started working in a small town ( I went from big nail shop after 10 years) clients are resistant to gel polish or sns because other techs have damaged their nails 🙁

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  • Bea says: November 11, 2016 at 1:04 pm

    I’m always cautious of these new systems, I’m a nail tech and trust me when I say that these companies know how to sell you a product.

    As Shari above said it’s not always the product that can be dangerous but the person applying it.

    I’m a bit worried about “dip” systems if someone is dipping all clients fingers into the same pot of powder. I’m hoping that they are sprinkling it on or using some sanitary method rather than the one that’ll be more cost effective. I say this after having seen help wanted signs accepting untrained and uneducated nail techs and seeing such places closed down for it.

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  • Allie says: November 21, 2016 at 11:55 am

    Almost a year later, but I’m a newbie to SNS. Do you find your polish lifts? I’m experiencing lifting after a week- 10 days.

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    • Anonymous says: December 2, 2016 at 11:32 am

      I had one nail lift on my first set, after three weeks. According to the company’s website that happens when you put it on over the cuticle. You should stay a hair’s breath away from the cuticle to prevent this. The salon I go to dremel’s the cuticle before and after application and it hasn’t happened on my current set.

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  • jean11719 says: November 25, 2016 at 1:01 pm

    Dont use SNS nails. The acrylic powder caused an allergic reaction on my fingers. The acrylic lifts after a couple of weeks and allows moisture to get in. You know what that means. Now I am going to the doctor to get an ointment to clear it up.

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    • Anna says: December 10, 2016 at 12:15 am

      Wow your nails must grow fast! Hope that infection cleared up!
      Maybe try doing them yourself? I like the idea of keeping everything sanitary and I don’t guarantee salons do that 🙂

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  • Anna says: December 10, 2016 at 12:12 am

    I find my nails only lifted when they were too long, I was being too hard to them haha
    Get them done a few times to let your nails grow nicely, then invest in a kit.
    100% do a clear base coat of powder, dark colours are not fun getting out.
    Make sure your hands/the bowl underneath your acetone soak off bowl are warm/hot.

    Planet nails are awesome, pay them a visit.

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  • Heather H says: December 13, 2016 at 4:15 pm

    Unfortunately these cost $50 a set where I live. I tried them once and loved them so may go again soon. But the price…ugh.

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  • Betsy says: December 14, 2016 at 10:19 pm

    I’ve had SNS on and off for a year. Find that the quality is very dependent on the tech – if each dip isn’t smoothed down with a dremel, the end result can feel and look quite thick. That said, I’ve never had acrylics so this is in comparison to my natural nail. The color is the toughest part – powder color doesn’t look at all like the finished product and the color samples aren’t much better. I’ve had a couple of colors come out with a sparkle/shimmer that I didn’t want. Red #268 is a great non-sparkly red. ‘Tis the season.

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  • Jackie hammett says: December 16, 2016 at 12:44 am

    I am also hooked on SNS nails! I love that there is no UV light! I just wanted to correct one thing on this article. You CAN get them filled. I have my natural nails and have had them filled the past 4 times (which for me means I remove them once every 3.5 months). I love this bc you can avoid much of the acetone removal process. There is a great article on the SNS website on how to do a full if your technician isn’t familiar. So wonderful!

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  • Anonymous Nail Tech says: January 5, 2017 at 9:28 pm

    Just be careful ladies – SNS is marketed as not being acrylic, but it is. and it is applied with a substance very similar (look at the ingredients listings) to super glue. The vitamins that SNS mentions are only in the oil that they apply at the end, and is less than 1% calcium and less than 1% vitamin E.

    I own a salon and I do use a dipping system, however as someone mentioned above – with all nail enhancements/polish, everything – it depends on the technician. A nail technician should be able to apply/remove acrylic and gel nails without damaging much of the natural nail.

    Good luck on your nail journeys! 🙂

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    • Anonymous says: March 19, 2017 at 9:48 pm

      Ived used SNS for 6 months and noticed by the 3rd month my nails became paper thin. So much for a healthy alternative.

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  • Momoftwo says: January 7, 2017 at 3:37 pm

    I love the look but hate the hassle of removing them. Mine lasted 3 weeks and then started breaking and chipping. I clipped and filed them and eventually soaked them off (check out WikiHow). I decided I won’t do this on a routine basis, only for extra special events. I will also find another nail tech. The tech made them so thick and clunky… not a fan of that. She did not dremel them enough.

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  • Kendra says: January 30, 2017 at 10:36 am

    I got it for the first time yesterday and have read nothing but good things about it so I am sold. Thanks for your review.

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  • Hinda says: March 2, 2017 at 1:16 am

    I use SNS but I have found that my nails have become very soft and the break and peel. I thought the product helped keep nails healthy and strong. Every time I go to get my nails done I debate about not having SNS. Tech talks me into having it done. I love the look. It am afraid my nails are ruined

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    • Mimi says: March 2, 2017 at 11:42 am

      My nails are the opposite. They are so strong now. I’m afraid to not use the SNS anymore because I know they will break. I am contemplating maybe just trying manicures with my real nails and see how long they last.

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  • Sam says: March 5, 2017 at 4:47 am

    Just had SNS done 4 days ago, 2 nails chipped and thumb has a huge crack. Otherwise love the look. Any thoughts why it’s done this, should I go back?

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    • Mimi says: March 5, 2017 at 12:35 pm

      Mine always last at least 3 weeks. I would say try again but maybe a different shop or stylist

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  • Betsy says: March 5, 2017 at 7:52 am

    @Sam. I would definitely go back! Mine lasts for 3 weeks with no chipping or cracking.

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    • Mimi says: March 5, 2017 at 12:36 pm

      Same here Betsy! I can get at least 3 weeks Sometimes 4!

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  • Veronica says: March 8, 2017 at 1:35 pm

    I just tried SNS for the first time a few weeks ago and I love it! I used to do acrylic, but got tired of how heavy they felt. Then I switched over to gel manicures for about 2 years. They look great for the first 5 days or so, but start to chip/peel and my nails weren’t getting any stronger. My salon only charges $30 for SNS, which is just $5 more than I was paying for the gel. Totally worth it!

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    • Mimi says: March 13, 2017 at 10:45 pm

      I think that is one of the things I love most about SNS, how light they feel!

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  • Betsy says: March 8, 2017 at 2:03 pm

    @Veronica. I am envious of the $30! I pay $45 + tip. Still worth it!!

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  • alicia says: March 13, 2017 at 10:19 am

    The first time I got SNS, my nail chipped. I went back and they repaired it for free. I haven’t had the issue again.

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  • Jennifer says: March 17, 2017 at 7:07 pm

    Just got them done for the first time today!! In love with it so far! I paid 35$ may need to shop around! I have the most paper thin brittle nails and they were destoyed from years of acrylic overlay! Havent touched my nails in 6 months and you are right, it is important to do something just for you! I feel so much better after nails pedi & brows today! Feel like a new girl!😉

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  • L. A. Malin says: April 7, 2017 at 2:55 pm

    If I have allergies to acrylic, will I have allergies to SNS? I have been using OPI gel for about 6 months, before that I used CND schellac for 4 years or so. Do you think this SNS product will last on me? I have heard that SNS is all natural, is this true?

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  • Lexie says: May 22, 2017 at 7:25 pm

    Yes i just got sbs nails todau and love them I’ve getting my nails done for about 9 years and my nails where always feeling weak and i thought about trying the sns today after my acrylic nails started lifting and coming off

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  • Linda says: May 27, 2017 at 6:11 am

    I have an allergic reaction to acrylic nails. Would I have one to sns nails too?

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