How to Preserve Your Nail Polish Collection in the Summer

nail polish bottles with summer colors

It’s hard not to look forward to the summer – it’s the season of beaches, bikinis and bright colors. But while the heat is great for some fun in the sun, it’s not so great for your nail polish. During the hottest months of the year, you may have noticed your nail polish collection becomes drier and duller. If you want to rock the best nail colors and styles this summer, you need the best products. This year, take a few easy steps to preserve your nail polish collection—and the investment you’ve made in it—even in the hottest months.

Why Heat and Nail Polish Don’t Mix

So why does your polish change during the summer? It’s primarily made of solvents, which make all of the other ingredients mix together to form the polish. When the solvents are exposed to high temperatures—such as 95-degree heat—they become activated and start to evaporate. As the level of solvents decreases, the nail polish thickens, creating a goopy consistency that won’t adhere very well to your nails. Sunlight can also fade the color of your polish. Those bright and bold colors won’t stay that way if you leave your polish out in a sunny bathroom too long.

Keep Your Nail Polish Cool

To keep your nail polish fresh, keep it in a cool, dry place. Believe it or not, the refrigerator is the perfect place. The cool, low light interior of the fridge will preserve the color and consistency, so you’ll have a smooth coat of paint with every application.

If you don’t like the thought of storing cosmetics near your food—or if you don’t have enough room—keep your nail polish collection in a drawer, in a box, or on a shelf. Just don’t store them in the bathroom; the humidity and constant temperature changes can negatively affect the polish.

Other Nail Polish Dos and Don’ts

Once you have your collection of pretty paints stored properly, here are a few other tips to keep in mind:

  • Do shake your nail polish regularly, but not vigorously. Shaking the bottle like a martini or tapping it harshly against your palm can create air bubbles. And those bubbles can cause an uneven application. Instead, rub the bottle back and forth between your palms to keep the ingredients mixed. Do this once every few days.
  • Don’t use nail polish remover to thin it out. This will turn your nail polish to liquid. The best remedy is nail lacquer thinner, which can be found at most local drugstores. Just a few drops will do the trick, so one bottle will last a while. But just a caution: the fumes from lacquer thinner can be harsh, so use it outside or in a well-ventilated area. As an alternative, you can also use a bit of clear polish, or run the bottle under hot water to loosen it up a bit.
  • Do keep the lid clean but don’t leave it open. An open bottle lets in air that can dry out the polish or create air bubbles. Make sure the cap is screwed on tightly when you’re not using it. If you can’t get a tight seal, you may need to clean the top part of the bottle. Use a cotton swab or cotton ball and gently rub a tiny bit of nail polish remover around the top of the bottle to remove any dried or caked-on bits of polish. Just be careful not to get any nail polish remover inside the bottle.
  • Don’t leave your nail polish lying down. Make sure the bottles are standing upright at all times so the solvent doesn’t separate from the rest of the ingredients.

With perfectly preserved nail polish, you can ensure that every mani-pedi looks like it was done by a professional. If you’d like to become a professional, Salon Success Academy can help you get you there. Through our Manicuring/Nail Care program, you can learn the latest techniques and even serve actual clients in our school salon.  Call 877-987-HAIR (4247) or fill out the form to learn more.