Ultraviolet lamps used at salons help your nails dry faster—and cause them to chip faster too. “Polish takes up to twelve hours to fully dry and harden, and any sort of heat during that time will interfere with the curing process,” says Shannon Dalbo, beauty trend forecaster for GBS The Beauty Store. Use your salon’s air dryer, which uses cool air, to ensure that you don’t leave with wet nails. Then, for the next 12 hours, avoid washing with warm or hot water (use cool instead), using saunas or hot showers, and even blowing your nails with your breath since it’s warm, Dalbo recommends.
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