Nail Polish Tips

Does A UV Light Dry Regular Nail Polish?

Written by Tara

Only gel polish can be cured under a UV lamp. Regular polish dries on its own, while gel polish requires a lamp and won’t cure unless it’s sat under the lamp. Use a gel base coat, cure it, apply regular polish and wait for it to dry completely, then use a gel top coat and cure it.

The UV light being emitted by the UV lamps does nothing to dry nail polish, but the heat from the light unit itself will assist in drying nail polish. A more effective nail polish dryer would be a heat light with a small fan or some apparatus that has heating capabilities as well as a fan to circulate the air.

Generally What happens if you cure nail polish? People who do gel polish at home tend to over cure them because the recommended 30 second curing time seems too short. Gel polish that is cured for more than one minute will solidify and is baked onto the nail surface. This solidified gel polish is easier to crack, chip and break off the nail prematurely.

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Frequently Asked Questions(FAQ)

Can you put a gel top coat over regular nail polish?

In short, you should not apply a gel top coat to your regular nail polish since regular nail polish has a long drying time and gel polish will trap moisture under the top coat. We recommend that you stick with a regular base coat and top coat when painting your nails with regular nail lacquer.

What happens if you put regular nail polish under UV light?

Can you use UV light to dry regular nail polish? No, regular nail polish requires air drying, whereas gel polish contains a polymer that must be ‘cured’ by a UV or LED lamp for it to become hard. Regular nail polishes can’t be used with UV or LED lamps and it won’t dry any quicker from being put under the lamp.

What is the best way to dry regular nail polish?

Cold air is really the most effective way to solidify the polish faster. If you don’t have a cool setting on your electric fans or blow dryer, try holding your hands in the freezer. I know it’s cold but it’s a great trick and TBH we’ll take any chance to avoid smearing our nails before they’re dry.

How can I dry my gel nail polish without a UV light?

Apply Cooking Spray If you want to use gel nail polish products without the need for UV lamps or an LED nail lamp, you can use another handy kitchen product: cooking spray. All you need to do to cure gel polish with cooking spray is spray your nails generously with the product and let dry gel nails naturally.

Do LED nail dryers work on regular polish?

This 36W UV/LED nail lamp dryer comes with 15 pcs of dual source lamp beads (UV/ LED), which makes it suitable for drying all kinds of gel nail polish quickly and efficiently and not just regular polish.

How do you cure nail polish?

It is easy to cure your gel nail polish. All you need to do is apply the polish, and then place your hand under the lamp, and press the ‘on’ switch. Keep your hand still and leave it underneath the light until the lamp goes out.

Can you dry gel nail polish with a hair dryer?

Salons use fans to help speed up drying, but your hair dryer works just as well. The secret is to put it on the cool setting. Heat actually keeps polish from firming, so giving your digits a shot of cold air is much more helpful. Since cold hardens polish, ice water baths are also a great setting trick.

How long does it take for regular nail polish to dry?

Most nail polish applications should fully dry in under an hour; in fact, nail polish can take as little as 15 minutes to dry, Lim says. Many salons have fan dryers with UV lights, which can help accelerate the drying time.

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Tara

I am Tara, and I am addicted to nail polishes and other beauty related things!:) Join me on my ride to paradise!