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 How can I dry my nail polish without UV light? Yes, these methods may take more time, and they might not be as successful as the UV light, but they still work!

  1. Use Non-UV Gel Polish.
  2. Create an Ice Water Bath.
  3. Apply Cooking Spray.
  4. Sit Under the Sun.
  5. Opt for a Thinner Coat.
  6. Use a Quick-Drying Nail Polish Spray.

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Similarly, Curing regular Nail Polish With UV Light: Shiny “”Gel”” Manicure

Frequently Asked Questions(FAQ)

Can you use regular nail polish with UV base and top coat?

Similar to a gel top coat, you should not use a UV gel base coat with regular nail lacquer. Your regular nail polishes will not adhere very well to a gel base coat.

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.

How do you cure regular nail polish?

How to Make Nail Polish Dry Faster

  1. Quick-dry top coat. Purchasing a clear coat of nail polish that’s been formulated specifically to cut down on drying time is an easy way to dry nails faster.
  2. Cold water quick-dry.
  3. Hairdryer.
  4. Baby oil.
  5. Thin coats of polish.
  6. Drying drops.
  7. Take care of your manicure.

Does cold water dry nail polish faster?

‘Yes, you can speed up your drying time by submerging your nails in cold water,’ confirms Michelle. Hooray! She advises, ‘Simply fill a bowl, dip your nails, and wait 3-5 minutes – or however long you can spare! You can even add a few ice cubes to make the temperature cooler.

Can I dry gel nails with a hair dryer?

Put the hairdryer down. Heat actually prevents your nail polish from drying, so a quick blast can do more harm than good. Let your nails dry naturally instead.

Can you cure gel top coat over regular polish?

You should NEVER use a Gel Topcoat over regular polish, here’s why. It takes regular polish a whole 24hours to dry completely; through and through. If, like myself, you are a consistent regular polish user, you will agree that all the quick dry products: Seche Vite Fast Dry, Sally Hanse Insta-Dri, etc.

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.

What can I use instead of gel base coat?

A white solid color nail polish can be use as a base coat. White is a great choice if you want to highlight the color of your nail polish and keep your nails’ natural hue from showing.

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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!