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4 Quick Tips To Dry Nail Polish Fast

4 Quick Tips To Dry Nail Polish Fast


You paint your nails. You marvel at how well you did. You blow on them. You add a second coat. You blow on them again. You gracefully wave your hands back and forth. You check whether they’re dry. You smear all your hard work.

Sound familiar? We’ve all been there. So once you’ve perfected the at-home manicure, how can you keep your nail polish looking perfect?

Here are our four easy tips for how to dry nail polish fast.

1. Chill out To some degree, we all know that the cold helps harden nail polish, otherwise we wouldn’t wave our hands around trying to get cool air on them for faster drying. But there’s a really simple way to take that concept to the next level for even quicker drying: giving your nails a cold water bath. Not only is it super easy, it’s also highly effective.

Step 1 Fill a bowl with cold water and a few ice cubes. You don’t want it to be unbearably cold, but you do want it to be closer to Arctic than lukewarm. Make sure the bowl is big enough to submerge all ten fingertips at once.

Step 2 Paint your nails – with either one or two coats as normal – and let them air dry for about one minute. You want the paint to be set enough so it doesn’t move around when you dunk your nails. You’re just trying to reach that stage where the paint is tacky but secure.

Step 3 Submerge all ten nails in the cold water bath for two to three minutes. When you take them out, you should notice the water bead up on the top of the polish as it runs off your fingers. This is how you know you’re all set. Simply dry off and you’re good to go.

Bonus tip: If you’re having a hard time removing chipped polish, use the opposite method to ease the process. A short dunk in warm water will help to loosen up stubborn polish for a far easier nail polish removal session.

2. Lighten up If cold water submersion techniques aren’t for you, consider the art of layering. People often layer on thick coats of nail polish thinking that they’ll cover more ground, but if you’re looking to shorten your drying time, consider using thinner layers of paint. Choosing a highly pigmented colour, like L’Oréal Paris Color Riche Le Vernis a L’Huile, will help ensure that a thin layer doesn’t mean an uneven application. Simply wipe the applicator brush on the inside of the nail polish bottle to remove excess paint and apply in thin, even coats. Wait a couple of minutes, then apply a final coat if needed. It may feel counterintuitive and as though you’re extending your drying time, however it actually cuts time by half in the long run.

3. Get breezy If you’ve ever had a salon manicure, you’ll know that they often use fans at the end to help speed up the process. The at-home version? Your trusty hair dryer. The key to using a hair dryer to set nail polish is simply to use it on the cool setting. As you will have read above, heat works against you in keeping your freshly painted polish in place.

Simply paint your nails and then, holding the dryer about six inches away from your hand, apply the cool air for about a minute. Gently tap your nail to see if it’s still at all tacky and apply more air as needed. For multiple coats? Use this method between each to really add nail polish staying power.

4. Choose wisely We all have certain nail polish shades we’re attached to, but when looking for new colours, opt for quick drying formulas. Colours like the L’Oréal Paris Infallible Nail range offer gel-like finishes (with top coat included!). 

All it takes is a two-coat application and a quick swipe of top coat for a hard, gel-like finish that lasts for up to 12 days without chips or cracks.

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What is purple shampoo?
It’s exactly what it says on the bottle. A shampoo with purple pigments that keep brassy undertones at bay. Consider it your DIY tune-up to keep your new hue looking flawless for longer.

How does purple shampoo work?
While the concept of purple shampoo might sound a little crazy, it all comes back to colour theory. Purple is directly opposite yellow on the colour wheel, so the purple pigments neutralises any unwanted yellows brought out by things like sun or heat styling. While it won’t actually change the colour of your hair, it addresses the tone and nixes the brassiness. It’s basically your at-home toner.

How does purple shampoo fit in my routine?
Coloured shampoos should be used in conjunction with your regular shampoo and conditioning routine instead of replacing them entirely. If you're washing your hair thrice a week, introduce purple shampoo for the fourth wash. Overdoing the purple shampoo can leave hair colour looking dull and drap, which is the opposite of what you want!
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Do I need purple shampoo?
Blonde hair does need more maintainence, but purple shampoo works across the colour spectrum. Dark hair is more prone to brassiness due to the amount of melanin it has, so brunettes will find purple shampoo surprisingly useful to get rid of those warm hues.

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What is purple shampoo?

Purple shampoo has long been promoted with promises of a more clear, vibrant shade of blonde. Purple shampoo is, in short, exactly what it says on the tin: toning shampoo that helps to reduce brassy tones for a more multi-dimensional, bright colour.

Purple shampoo works primarily via the magic of the colour wheel. As most artists know, each colour on the wheel has an opposite shade that perfectly complements it. For the colour yellow – you guessed it – that colour is purple. Because of this natural balance, purple shampoo is great for helping to tone down more of the high-vibrancy yellow (often referred to as brassy) shades that typically show themselves on coloured blonde hair over time. It’s a major player in helping today’s modern blondes achieve the coveted ashy or platinum looks.

Today’s purple shampoo is not the shampoo of yesterday, however. Instead, many advanced formula purple shampoos, such as L’Oréal Paris Elvive Colour Protect Anti-Brassiness Purple Shampoo, are made for coloured hair of different tones.

For blondes

It may come as no surprise that your hair is already primed for modern purple shampoo use. As always, adding this trusty product into your routine once a week – yes, that is all you need! – will offer visible benefits in banishing brass and excess yellow tones. Reducing your strands of these colours will let the true beauty of your honey strands shine.

For highlighted brunettes

Here’s where it gets interesting. Purple shampoo has often been assumed to not be suitable for brunettes. Because it typically works to neutralise excess yellow tones, purple shampoo is considered a blonde-only product, but for many brunettes, lighter hair strands, like highlights, have the penchant to get brassy just as if the colour was your full head of hair. For brunettes, a once a week standing date with L’Oréal Paris Elvive Colour Protect Anti-Brassiness Purple Shampoo is a perfect way to see a noticeable uptake in vibrancy in your brunette shade. Products like this work after the first use and will leave your hair looking bright and beautiful. Purple shampoo is also suitable for Ombre and Balayage hair.

For grey or white hair

Anyone with grey, silver, salt and pepper or white locks can also reap the rewards of toning down the dial on harsh yellow undertones. The result is more neutral grey or white shade that shines for any generation.

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Regardless of what colour hair you intend to use your purple shampoo on there are a few tips for optimal results.

First, use your purple shampoo once a week. Unlike a normal shampoo, which you typically rinse out almost immediately, purple shampoo should be left in for 1-3 minutes to get maximum benefits.

Lastly, using a conditioner like L’Oréal Paris Elvive Colour Protect Anti-Brassiness Purple Conditioner is important to help keep your hair nourished. This conditioner is also purple-toned and should be left in for five minutes following your purple shampoo routine for best results.

To complement this weekly step, use the L’Oréal Paris Elvive Colour Protect shampoo and conditioner as part of your daily routine.

 

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