One of the most daunting things about doing your own nails is waiting for them to dry, which is why some women may prefer UV gel manicures. I totally get it. It dries fast. But, also costs more and can be harmful to your nails. UV rays from the gel lamps can cause DNA damage to the skin which could possibly lead to early aging and cancer (Goins).
I’m sure we’d all like to polish our nails and have them dry immediately, but unfortunately that’s not the case with regular and/or gel polishes for that matter. If you’re not a fan of gel manicures, UV lights, and prefers a healthier option then you’ll enjoy these nails tips. Note: One coat of IV KULTURE nail lacquers dries in a minute or less.
After conducting my own research and experiments, I discovered 4 tips that actually worked!
Cooking Spray: Yes, you’ve read right! Cooking spray. After polishing your nails, let them dry for a few seconds. Then spray, holding the bottle about six inches away from your nails. Take a soft cloth to remove the oil and wipe them clean.
Hair Dryer: When using this household tool to dry your nails, the setting should be placed on a low and/or cool temperature. Drying time takes about 2 minutes.
Ice Water: Prior to polishing your nails, grab a bowl, water, and some ice cubes. Set aside. Polish your nails, then submerge them in the ice water for about 2-3 minutes. The freezing temperature helps dry the polish and keeps it in place. Your fingers will be numb, but at least your nails will be dry.
Thinner Coats: This is a no brainer, but there seems to be an ongoing belief that if we apply thicker coats, our polish will last longer without chipping. Contrary to this belief, most nail techs and nail art enthusiast will tell you, “thinner coats works best.” Applying thinner coats allows the polish to dry faster and last longer.
So go ahead and give them a try. Let me know if any of these nail tips work for you.