Last Updated on October 12, 2021 by Nail Explorer
A lot of people still try to quickly dry their nail polish by blowing on their nails. That can get complicated when one needs to dry toenails in a hurry. However, there is an ingenious way to dry fingernails and toenails. Use a UV nail lamp! In this piece of article I will show you How to use UV Nail Lamps properly.
They’re used in most cosmetic salons, but are available to all consumers and for a price considered inexpensive. Investing in a nail lamp will ultimately save money on paying for professional manicures and pedicures. It will also save time. The lamps are easy to use.
How To Use UV Nail Lamps Properly
First, insert each of the bulbs into lamp sockets. They usually require two to four bulbs. The bulbs require careful and gentle handling. When handled correctly, the bulbs simply snap into place. The wattage of the bulbs depends on the particular UV nail lamp. Some use four nine-watt bulbs and others use the powerful 45-watt bulbs.
Next, plug the lamp into a standard wall electrical socket. Some units specify using only 110V sockets. Third, switch the nail lamp on!
UV Nail Lamps usually come with a timer that one can use. Timers can usually be set for one, two or three minutes. However, with the push of the switch, the lamp is ready for non-stop use. At this time, one should go ahead and paint their fingernails and/or toenails using regular polish or gel.
Now, stick in one hand at a time to begin curing nails. The sliding tray makes the best placement for hands. One may have to remove the sliding tray for polished and gel toes. Larger units will take two hands or two feet at one time. UV nail curing lamps can cure fingernails as fast as 120 seconds. Clear gels cure in about one minute, but opaque gels take up to three minutes.
It is lightweight and easy to store away. By using the UV nail lamp, one doesn’t have to worry about nail polish chipping. Gel nails and polished nails always look fantastic when dried under a lamp. They are safe to use. They are obtainable from $30 to $300. If one goes to school and obtains a license, they can purchase nail lamps at wholesale. They are perfect for working on fingernails and toenails at home. Lamps with acetone resistant reflectors are generally easy to clean.
As you can see, curing nails with nail lamps is super easy. If you would like to find out more about how to use UV nail lamp, please let me know.
How UV Nail Lamps Work?
Have you ever had your nails done with artificial nail tips and acrylic or gel painted on them? If so, you have come in contact with a UV nail lamp. UV stands for Ultraviolet light. This type of light is used in “curing” or hardening of the chemical material that is painted onto your nail that makes it look so pretty and shiny. Without the ultraviolet light, the chemical material would not harden or would crack and peel off and not give the desired outcome for the product.
Experts state that while most people call the lamps used in curing the artificial nails product UV lamps, or Ultraviolet lamps, the type of light is really a UVA light.
There are two types of ultraviolet light that exist. They are the types known by scientists as ultraviolet type A (or UVA) and ultraviolet type B (or UVB) radiation. t is interesting to know that in nature both UVA and UVB types of radiation (or “light”) are created by the sun and our bodies are naturally exposed to both when we are outside in the sunshine.
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UVA radiation is believed by scientists to be the safest form of radiation. UVB light is the less safe type of radiation which primarily causes sunburn and damage to skin cells. Radiation UVA is created artificially in lamps and used to cure chemicals in creation and application of artificial nails and nail art.
The artificial light or radiation created by the lamps is less intense than natural occurring sunlight from the sun and so no eye safety glasses are needed to protect your eyes. It is deemed safe for use in the application of artificial nails and nail art because exposure to the lamp is for very short periods of time.
The UVA lamp emits UVA radiation. When the UVA radiation emitted from the lamp comes in contact with gel or acrylics painted on your nails a chemical reaction occurs over a period of minutes which causes the molecules in the chemicals to solidify and become shiny. They bond with the surface of the real and artificial nails and create a bond that will last several weeks or until the natural fingernail grows out or breaks off from use or is cut off.
The nail industry makes various strengths of UVA light bulbs that can be purchased and installed in salons for commercial use or in a residence for personal use. The bulbs installed in salons for commercial use tend to be stronger in UVA output than ones purchased and installed for home use. This is because in a commercial setting, the bulbs will get much more use and must be able to withstand constant heating and cooling without breaking. The commercial use UVA bulbs are also therefore more expensive than ones sold and installed in a residential setting for home use.
UVA lamps are considered to be safe for use in the home and the salon, however people should never look directly into the lamps with unprotected eyes. If it is possible to apply sunscreen to the hands and fingers without getting that sunscreen onto the nail area it is recommended. Some skin cancers of the hands and fingers have been reported, but what has also been noted is that the UVA light will cause wrinkling to the skin on the hands and make them look old over time. However, you can protect your hands with anti UV gloves that will protect your hand against UV rays.
Difference Between Non Professional and Professional UV Nail Lamps
When looking at UV nail lamps, there are a number of things to consider. What are you using this for? Is it just for you to look your best or are you looking to work professionally? Even if it is for personal use, it is important to do a proper cost benefit and safety analysis of the different UV nail systems out there. Some are created for professional use and some are made for non professional or home use. There are distinct differences between the two.
Looking at price, a nonprofessional nail lamp will cost around $50 and maybe much less if you buy it used. A professional nail lamp is more likely to run in the $200 to $300 range. The biggest difference is in wattage. Non professional lamps use low wattage. A 6 watt or 9 watt bulb is typical. The danger here is that a 9 watt bulb is weak and it can take a long time to cure a nail. More time means more heat. A thick gel heated over a long time can actually cause burns.
A professional grade UV nail lamp will start its wattage at 25w (on the low end) but 36w is more common and it goes up from there. 45w and 54w are also common. The higher wattage bulbs will heat the controlling gel faster, making burns less likely.
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The quality of the controlling gel and how accurately it is applied is also a factor, but even with correct application it is important to consider heat with a low wattage bulb. The reflector system used in the UV nail lamp can also effect the heat distribution. A nonprofessional nail lamp might not have a well designed reflector, so be sure to read some consumer reviews about safety before making a purchase.