Does ice water really dry your nails?
In the beauty world there are so many old wives’ tales so I thought I would test one of them out:
Putting your nails in ice water for 3 mins will dry your nails
Now if you were to ask me where I first heard this, I couldn’t tell you. That’s something the thing about old wives’ tales, they seem to appear from nowhere and linger on in the back of your mind. Though no matter how long it’d been ‘known’ to me, I’d never tried it til now.
- Base coat & 2 colours
- Ice (I added way more ice than in the pic)
- Bowl of cold water
- Paint 1 nail with 1 coat of base coat and 2 coats of a light colour
- Paint 2nd nail with 1 coat of base coat and 2 coats of a dark colour
- Allow them to dry for 2 minutes
- Place nails into ice water for 3minutes
Excuse the rough painting. When I removed my fingers from the ice water, I initially thought that the light colour was dry. I lightly patted it and it felt dry. Then I lightly ran my nail across it to see if it would scratch – it did. I patted it again close to the cuticle and little bit of smudging occurred.
As soon as I looked at the dark nail, I knew it wasn’t dry at all. I patted it and felt some ‘movement’, so I ran the pad of my finger across it and it completely smudged.
FINAL THOUGHTS (SOUNDS LIKE JERRY SPRINGER LOL)
Firstly, this kinda hurts! The pain was about a 6.5/10 at the 1 minute stage and I really wanted to stop the experiment but continued on. After 2 mins I couldn’t really feel anything and then I worried that I’d lose circulation (dramatic or what) so I moved them around a bit in the ice water and carried on.
It definitely does not work for dark colours. I deliberately tried a dark colour because they are usually thicker and take longer to dry. In this experiment, the nail varnish didn’t dry at all and smudged all over the place. A complete an utter mess!
This might work on lighter colours. Although the nail varnish could still be scratched, it didn’t smudge too much and was mostly dry to light tapping on the surface. I think that if you applied a quick dry top coat to it at that stage it would probably be okay.
I think it didn’t work because nail varnish contains solvents that need to evaporate off. That’s why air drying works so well. By placing it in the ice water it may harden the nail varnish but it’s not drying it, if that makes sense?
I’ve gone through the pain so you don’t have to! 🙂 I’ll be trying a few other theories, so let me know if there’s any specifics you want me to try