How to Cure Gel Nails Without a UV Light

15 Nov.,2022


how to dry gel nail polish without uv light

An emerging trend we easily see around us is the widespread use of gel nails. But unfortunately, wearing one means you would need a UV light to cure it.

What if you find yourself in a situation where you cannot easily access one? This can be a bit challenging, but luckily, I am going to show you 6 ways to cure gel nails without a UV light.

If you are ready, let get started.

A few days ago I happened to be at a function, and I was amazed at the ease and grace a lot of ladies there were clutching their handbags.

I was impressed. But I noticed a common pattern that got me smiling. They weren’t actually flaunting those beautiful bags; they were showing off their sexy nails. Who won’t?

I don’t think any lady would want to hide those beautiful nails considering the amount of time, energy and care they put to get them at that state. And again, I don’t think anybody would want to spend precious time looking at hands with nails that are chipped, cracked, with stupid shapes or even with dirt underneath.

I believe it for this reason that a lot of ladies are embracing manicure. Apart from the fact that it elevates their sense of style, I believe it also asserts their femininity.


What is a gel nail?

I am pretty sure a lot of people won’t be able to pick out a bottle from a nail polish especially from a comfortable distance. But this doesn’t mean that it is that hard to know.

Even if you find it difficult to pick out one from a group of polishes, it is always easy to know when someone is wearing one especially from its luster and flawless looks.

Gel nail is used the same way we use the nail polish we all know about, but the difference is that it is self-leveling that you wouldn’t even leave a single brush stroke.

It does not dry until it is passed under a UV light and this process is known as curing. It sets it into a solid state, turning them into a statuesque of raw beauty. Tell me a lady that won’t want this?

But before you start passing them under the UV light; you need to know the different types of gel nails out there.

It is important you know that navigating through the world of gel nails can be quite frustrating, but understanding the options that exist out there would help you make the right choices that match your lifestyle.


Here are the types of gel nails you can always choose from

Before you start getting them down on your shopping memo pad, I would love to reiterate that all the types are pre-mixed monomers and require only nail lamp to cure.

Here are the 3 types of gel nails you can always consider: 


Traditional Gel

I am pretty sure that from the name you already know they are the first set of gel nails to be introduced. Actually, they strolled into the beauty industry in the mid-1890s. These sets are also known as the hard gel. They are the ideal choice if you are looking to keep nails long and natural.

It is essential you understand that they can’t be soaked off with acetone. You can only remove them by filing them off.


Soft Gel

If you are looking for class and artistry, then you might consider going for this one. They are the weakened formulas of the hard gel, and you can always soak them off with acetone. They are the ideal choice if you are looking to add strength to weak nails that are short to mid-length.

Unlike hard gels that last for about 3-4 weeks, soft gels last for only 2-4 weeks. If you can afford to sacrifice this for the richer sophistication it can add to your nails, then I think you should consider this option.



Actually, this is not a gel nail; it is a nail polish, though a gel one. Don’t get confused when you hear people talk about gel polish. They are actually talking about Shellac. I think I need to apologize here; Shellac is actually the brand name of the Gel Polishes produced by CND.

As a polish, you cannot actually use it to extend your nails, but the properties make it able to add some strength and durability, and it can quickly be soaked off with acetone.

It can be applied to natural nails, soft gels, hard gels, and even acrylic nails and can last up to 2 weeks. Just like hard and soft gels, shellac requires UV light also to cure.


But I Have to Warn You

UV light is not something you can always play with. I want to believe that you already know that UV light is not that friendly to human health.

Apart from exposing your skin to the risk of cancer, they can also suppress your skin’s immune system.


Can I cure my gel without UV light?

Yes, you can. Luckily, that is why I am here. I am going to show you 6 non-bullshit ways to do it without exposing your body to any health risk. Ready?

Here are the 6 ways to cure gel nails without a UV light:


Get yourself a LED lamp

Fortunately, this is less expensive than a UV light and also cures faster.

The good news is, especially for those who do regular manicure is that LED light is less damaging to the skin than a UV light and it is something you can easily get from a good beauty shop. You can always use it in place of a UV light to cure it.

Before we proceed further, I think you would need to hear my confession. Apart from LED light, I don’t think there is another way you can actually cure your gel nail without UV light. But this doesn’t mean you can’t wear your gel nails without visiting a salon or investing some money on a nail lamp.

You need to know that they would require a lot of time to dry out and would give you a flawless look like a UV LED lamp would have. That doesn’t mean you should give up without exploring other possibilities.


Here are 5 other ways to cure nails without a nail lamp:

Sunbath your nails

You need a UV light to cure your gel nail. Fortunately, the sun is a natural source of UV light and Vitamin D. If you think you have the energy to stand under the sun, then you might try this out. I have to warn you again, it won’t be that easy. Air drying under the sun takes a way longer time than using a nail lamp. If you’re in the market of a safe-to-use and fast-curing lamp, then check out this one:


Use cooking spray

I am pretty sure you don’t know that a little walk down to your kitchen can save you from the stress of walking down to your beauty salon. All you have to do is to get your cooking spray.


Take an ice bath

You might now have a cooking spray, but I am sure ice is something you need to run around to get. Just soak them into cold water, and the ice bath would help to freeze and dry it.


Try cooking oil

You might be skeptical about this; it is understandable because you would rarely see people doing this, but the truth is applying regular cooking oil on the gel nail and leaving for a few minutes can do wonders. Exploring this option won’t hurt; however, remember to wash off the oil after the paint has dried.


Consider a thinner coat

This is another option you might want to consider. Just get a good thinner coat and apply appropriately. The coating would cover it and help it to settle.


Now, what next?

You can flaunt your sexy gel nails as much as you want. By the way, there is no crime in doing that. Here are a few things you shouldn’t do if you still want to wear them for a longer time:

Leaving your nails dehydrated – Hydrating them would make them last much longer. You can always do this by applying nail oil and drinking plenty of water.

Ignoring additional top coat – You shouldn’t abandon your gel nails to the harsh weather and the stress of daily activities. You can always add an extra top coat to mean the cluster look of your nail.

Playing in hot waters – This doesn’t mean you should shy away entirely from hot water, but playing regularly with too hot water can damage your gel nails.

Filing your nails – If you think that they are growing longer than you are comfortable with, you should avoid the temptation of trying to file out the excess. Doing that would break the seal of the polish, and this would cause the free edge to lift or peel.


Wrapping it up

A gel nail can elevate your beauty and add more luxury to your look, but sometimes you can find yourself in a situation where you cannot easily use a nail lamp.

Take the time to master these tips so you can have something to rely on whenever you find yourself in such a situation.