In this Life Hack No. 3, I am telling you about a quick-dry top coat called Seche Vite, so this hack is really for people who:
Seche Vite (approx. $10 online and at most chain drugstores) is a quick-dry top coat that really is quick-drying. I discovered this top coat when I was getting regular manicures while living in Boston, and now, whether I am getting my nails done at a salon, or I am doing them myself, I will never use another top coat. I remember when it was first used on my nails, I couldn’t believe it when one (ONE!) minute after it was applied, I could touch the nail without it smudging. It takes longer for the polish to be completely dry (dent-proof), but this stuff really works. It’s been around forever, which is why I assume everyone who wears polish on a regular basis probably knows about it, but as we’ve learned from past posts, not everyone does know, therefore Life Hack No. 3. 😉
When I first moved from Boston back to California, I kept ending up at nail salons that didn’t use Seche Vite, or that charged a $1 extra for it vs. their regular cheap top coat. It was totally worth the extra $1, but I finally just bought my own bottle to bring with me because I didn’t want to take a chance that they wouldn’t have it as an add-on. Now it seems like every salon I go to uses it, but the benefit of having a bottle of my own is that it is easier for me to do my own nails (or fix a chip) whenever I want.
Here are the basics of how to use it:
Bonus Life Hack Material! Here are some tips for getting good DIY manicure results:
In case you care: Seche is pronounced “Se-Shay.”
FYI, Seche Vite comes with the following Safety Warnings:
* Dry vs. wet manicures: The drawback with a wet manicure is that polish dries so much more quickly than a nail (that is wet from soaking) dries. As the nail dries, it pulls away from the already-dry polish, resulting in greater likelihood of chipping. Some nail professionals say that it can take as much as 24 hours for a soaked nail to completely dry. For this reason, the longer you wait to paint your nails after soaking, the better. This supports my theory of why the polish jobs I do myself always last longer than those from a nail salon, which are usually “wet manicures” where they soak nails to soften the cuticles.
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