This post has been a long time coming, but finding a brand called Dazzle Dry that I could do from home, really pushed me to write it! I LOVE having my nails painted, but I also want to lessen my toxic load where I can and so I am always on the hunt for safer nail polish that has staying power and performs well.
First and foremost, there is no such thing as a “chemical free” or “non-toxic” nail polish. But there are companies striving to lessen the toxic load and provide safer options with less harmful chemicals.
Here are the top 10 ingredients to avoid:
toluene, formaldehyde, TPHP, nitrocellulose, camphor, formaldehyde resin, ethyl tosylamide, phthalates, xylene, and MEK.
You will see many polishes advertised now as 3-free, 5-free, 7-free or 10-free….and that just means how many of these harmful ingredients they have chosen to formulate without..
Recently I have really enjoyed doing the Dazzle Dry Nail system at home( you could also take this to the salon as well). In some cities across the US, there are salons that offer Dazzle Dry as well- you can do a zip code search on their website.
The reason I like it is that it is easy to apply and dries FAST AND HARD! If you use the nail system- a 4 step process, you get a high gloss and hard finish that dries in 5 minutes flat and doesn’t chip for about 7 days. Some people get longer wear if their hands aren’t in water all day every day.
Another brand I love is Londontown. They have a safer gel polish option and regular polish as well. When I want my nails to last 3 weeks, I take the gel polish to the salon for the UV light and its a good option. I can’t do this too much because gel polish does eventually weaken your nails but for special occasions or trips, this is what I do.
I also like AILA and Cote as well, their polish wears well and they have beautiful shades. For a budget friendly option there is Zoya or Defy & Inspire(at Target), although they don’t wear as long on me but they are good in a pinch.
Hope this was helpful! Let me know if you try any of these brands and how you like them!
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