Nail Polish Tips

Does A UV Light Help Dry Regular Nail Polish?

Written by Tara

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.

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 Can you use gel nail polish as regular nail polish without UV light? Use Non-UV Gel Polish Yes, they exist. For example, OPI gel nail polish does not require a UV light. It simply goes on like regular nail polish and will dry like normal nail polish. Swipe a base coat on your nails, apply the gel polish color, and apply a top coat.

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Similarly, HOW TO USE NORMAL NAIL POLISH WITH GEL NAIL

Frequently Asked Questions(FAQ)

What nail polish can you use with a UV lamp?

gel polishes All gel polishes will be compatible with a UV lamp, as they emit a wider spectrum of wavelengths that can cure all types of gel polish.

What happens if you put gel top coat on 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 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 is gel polish different from regular polish?

Gel polishes are more flexible, so they stand up to chips; gels are cured under a UV or LED lamp and polishes cure in oxygen. Gels have to be removed by soaking in acetone for at least ten minutes, while polishes can be easily wiped away with nail polish remover.

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 long does gel nail polish take to dry without UV light?

Hold your nails in ice cold water to harden gel polish. Stick your nails into the water, making sure that all the nails are completely submerged. Hold your nails under the water for about 3 minutes before removing them from the bowl. Let your fingers and nails air dry for at least an hour.

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 you dry nail polish with a hair dryer?

You can, in fact, dry your nail paint with the help of your hair dryer. Since the heat in the air keeps the nail polish from firming in place, the cool setting on your hair dryer will help do the opposite. Just a quick blast of frosty air can do the trick for you and set your nail paint in place quickly.

Why isn’t my UV light drying my nails?

If you are using a traditional UV lamp, make sure the bulbs are fresh. You need to change them out every three months or so. It is also possible that you are applying the gel-polish too thick. When gel-polish is applied too heavy, the UV light cannot penetrate through the entire layer to cure it properly.

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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!