Bruising After Removing Dip Powder Nails?

August 17, 2017

Bruising after removing dip powder nails.I have been getting shellac on my nails as far back as I can remember. The last trip to my nail salon, I was informed they now had "Powder nails." She told me they last longer than shellac, don't chip, and are also thicker. She said it's only an extra $5.00 (I perhaps should mention that my natural nails are extremely thin which causes them to break and/or bend very easily.)


So after hearing all of that I was like, "Great! Sign me up!", thinking they would keep my real nails protected from breaking off into the quick much better than the shellac. My nails were fairly long when they applied the powder nails, but I consider myself as someone who's fairly gentle on them and didn't have a problem leaving them that way.

So she finishes up putting them on and they looked great (although it took me a bit to get used to the added thickness.) For whatever reason, no matter how gentle I tried to be this time, I just kept hitting them on things accidentally (possibly because they were just flat out too long) and being they were much thicker than shellac they didn't break. It just hurt really bad.

Still, I didn't think much of it and went about my day. They lasted about 3 weeks - just as I was told - at which time the bottom part around my cuticle area began to lift where it had grown out. When they started doing that my nails were snagging on everything, including my hair. Every time I put my hands in it to brush, wash, and/or fix my hair I would literally would pull strands of hair out.


It was past time to get them done and out of nowhere one just popped off. I now see what appears to be a huge bruise under my fingernail. I immediately remembered how I kept hitting them on things and just thought, "Wow, I hit them harder than I thought. Maybe this nail just hit the hardest".

After seeing that one nail like that I was like "Ok, I'm done. The rest of these are coming off now". So I popped the rest off only to find almost every fingernail, on both hands, were/are beyond bruised. Or what looks like bruising.

I have never in my life had this happen (and FYI I'm 33 years old and have been getting my nails done since I was a freshman in high school). I got the typical French tip acrylic nails done at first, then switched to shellac when it came out. So needless to say, when all of the nails were off, I was shocked to see every nail severely bruised.


As was everyone else I showed them to. I was trying to see if I was the only person this happened to since it was the first time I had gotten the powder nails and all. Nobody had a clue. Said they'd never seen this before.

Sidenote: I have been anemic on and off for years, so the only rational reason I could come up with was every time I hit one on something, it bruised my nails to all heck and back, and I just simply couldn't see it. I'm still not 100% convinced though.

Has anyone else ever experienced anything like this? I want to get them redone because they look so bad that I'm embarrassed to even be in public with them looking so awful! I don't know if I should try the powder nails again and just have them cut my nails short when they do it or simply go back to getting shellac.


I've attached a couple of pictures of the horrid and humiliating aftermath. I cut them off to the length they are in the pictures and filed them the best I could to smooth away all of the ragged edges. My right hand isn't as bad as my left. Any other ideas/suggestions as to why and how this happened and what this truly looks like (whether severe bruising or something else) and/or how I can make them better would be greatly appreciated!

Powder Nails Aftermath


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August 20, 20170 found this helpful
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I think for your health you might consider taking a small sabbatical (at least a month) from doing anything with your nails

it sounds like you have not given your nails any kind of break in 10+ years, so I suspect that maybe it is nto the powder nails specifically, but that the powder nails were the last straw


people forget that the skin and nails are an actual organ of the body, and that whatever you put on them is absorbed into the body and can have very unpleasant consequences, whether immediately (your situation) or down the line in terms of disease and toxicity

my real advice is surrender the need to define hand beauty thru artificial nails but that's a whole other issue. But it sounds like you need to abandon it for a month. In winter maybe so that you can wear gloves a lot if you find the thought of exposing your naked nails hard to take.

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August 20, 20170 found this helpful
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It seems you have had health problems and this has caused your nails to be thin and brittle. Wearing acrylic/shellac nails for so many years has further deteriorated your natural nails and it will take a long time to improve them. You should first find out what is causing your thin/brittle nails. This can be done with a blood test (usually) as it will tell your doctor (and you - be sure to ask for a copy) what area needs improvement. You say you are anemic which means you probably need more iron and B12 in your diet (among other things) or should be taking supplements. Your doctor should be able to tell you what to take to improve this problem and he will probably tell you to take a good multivitamin that has a good dose of Biotin (or even a biotin supplement as this is excellent for nails and hair).


You may not like the looks of your nails right now but you really need to "go natural" for a while (maybe forever?) and build up your health so that your nails can get healthy also. You can always get a nice (real) manicure in the same manner you were getting your nails done.

Many people soak their fingers in olive oil to help with nail hydration and strength. Coconut oil, argan oil, vitamin E oil, tee tree oil, and castor oil can help in the same way. Simply pour a little bit of oil into a bowl and soak each hand for 10 minutes, and massage the oil into your nail beds and cuticles to get the blood circulating. To really lock in the moisture, try soaking your nails at night and wearing gloves to bed.

Here are some links that discuss your problem - read any when you have a few minutes - knowledge about this problem may help you make a good move.

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August 17, 20170 found this helpful

It looks like bacteria formed under your nails. This new trend is becoming dangerous and not so healthy for your nails. Here is an in-depth article on the effects of Powder nails. I would wait a bit before doing anything else to your nails.

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August 18, 20170 found this helpful

Take the nails off and your take care of the problem. You may need medication from the dermatologist.

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August 18, 20170 found this helpful

It could be from not letting your nails breathe naturally for so long. I'd cut them short and let them regrow healthily.

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August 19, 20171 found this helpful

It looks like some kind of fungus under your nail, use vicks on them keep cutting them down. Add the vicks twice daily. It will go away when the nail is all grown out.I would only do the shellac, or even give your nails a break from it. Wear nail polish to cover when you have to go out.

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September 7, 20180 found this helpful

Hi! I just wanted to say the same thing happened to me with dips, and it is definitely bruising and not a fungus. My nails bent underneath the dips and it caused trauma. The dips were probably put on way too thick, like mine. Im going natural for a while and cutting short to let them heal. Thanks for sharing, I feel better that I wasnt the only one in the world that this happened to!

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September 29, 20180 found this helpful

I had the same bruising look after having my powder polish removed at a salon today...the same salon that applied it. I was horrified. It was the first time I had the powder polish done, so clearly that was what caused the discoloration on my nails. I am very upset and worried about whether it is an infection or fungus. like you, I have also done regular polish and gel for years and have never, ever had a problem with either one. My nails are also very thin, so maybe that has something to do with what happened. The powder process was really, really thick, and I kept tapping them on surfaces in a weird way because I couldn't feel my own nails.This experience has been very bad. I am not sure whether to see a dermatologist or just hope the nails grow and the bruised- looking discoloration gets cut off eventually.

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November 19, 20180 found this helpful

*******No, it's not your health. I tried the dips just once and two if my nails bruised. I had a fabulous technician that was honest enough to tell me that part of it is because water gets underneath when they start to grow out and it's actually a fungus not really bruised. But, everything you explained is very real and true. What a great depiction of the entire process. Thanks, for sharing!!!

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January 16, 20190 found this helpful

I never get my nails done but decided to get dip nails a while ago. One fell off and is extremely bruised. Many of the replies say its because of how long youve been doing your nails, but mine are bare 90% of the time and the same thing is happening to me.

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January 26, 20190 found this helpful

Its not bruising its called greenies

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February 11, 20190 found this helpful

It looks like some type of infection to me also... hopefully I'm wrong bc nail infections are hard to clear up

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October 19, 20190 found this helpful

Im having the same problem! I have 3 bruised nails I just noticed tonight when I took my nails off!!

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January 18, 20210 found this helpful

I had exactly the same experience w/ dip manis, except that I dont normally get manicures. I mostly just polish my nails at home.
I experienced the same (sharp!) pain when I hit my nails on something, and often it felt like they were bending backwards. After properly removing the polish, my nails are much thinner, and all broke down to the nail bed.

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August 13, 20210 found this helpful

An answer from a different perspective ... your hands and nails look totally FUNCTIONAL to me ... which is - in my book - more important than how they are "judged" with regards to "beauty". I think of my nails as little windows into my body - beautiful in their simplicity. And, truthfully - I rarely ever notice anyone's hands - their eyes usually have my full attention :-) #boomerWorld alternate method - study palmistry and switch your focus to "reading" :-)

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