Pros and Cons of Quick Dries - Nail Advice - iVillage Beauty Hair & Nail Salon

Someone told me the quick-dry spray used after a manicure can dull the polish. Is that true? How else can I dry my nails quickly?

Quick-dry products are great when you need to run out the door, but there are some negatives: The quick-dry spray (which dries the top coat only) will dull the polish. If you use it, hold it several inches from your nail. (Using it too close to the nail may also dent the polish.)

Quick-dry oils work well, but don’t use it for at least three minutes after you apply your top coat. If you apply it before the polish is dry to the touch, you will get a messy nail.

The best way to dry your nails fast is to us a UV light dryer, available in many salons. You must use it with a special top coat, however, and sometimes salons try to save money by using their regular top coat. The UV dryer will not dry your nails any faster than a regular dryer if you don’t have the right top coat. It’s hard to tell what you’re getting, but know that the right top coat has a strong odor.

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