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We’ve all been there: You paint. You blow. You wait. You reach for your phone and oops you went in too soon.Suddenly you’re left with a mangled index nail that you now have to re-paint and re-dry and re-waste your life.Why doesn’t nail polish dry faster?There’s nothing more annoying than spending half an hour getting your nails just right only to have them ruined the minute you put your hand into your purse or need to itch that place behind your ear.However, now you can choose among multiple methods of drying nails fast.Hopefully, you will never have to suffer from messed nails again.
1. Get a Blowout
Salons use fans to help speed up drying,but your hair dryer works just as well. “It’s probably the most effective way to dry nails fast,” says Liang. Instead of flapping your hands around like a maniac or blowing on them with your mouth, turn your blow dryer on. The secret is to put it on the “cool” setting. Heat actually keeps polish from firming, so giving your digits a shot of cold air about six inches from your nail beds for about a minute is much more helpful.The squeeze bulb air-dusters that people use to clean out the nooks and crannies of keyboards are great for drying your nails too. Blow your nails with the air duster for around 5 minutes to dry the polish. Be sure to hold the spout far enough away from your hands and squeeze gently:The pressure of the duster could cause your nail polish to run.
2. Take an Ice Dip
Nail polish dries when it encounters cool temperatures. Coldness makes molecules stick together more closely.Before you start painting your nails,fill a mixing bowl with ice cubes and run cold water over the top.Paint your nails and let them air dry for one minute.Dunk your fingers in the bowl of cold water for two to three minutes. When you remove them, you’ll notice beads of water on top of the polish, meaning it’s firmed up and all done. This is a great way to help protect against divots,since it helps solidify polish all the way through, not just on top. The opposite also holds: if you’re having trouble removing polish, soaking your hands in warm water will make it easier.
Or, you can run to your freezer! The same way ice water works to freeze your nail polish dry, sticking your hands in the freezer will dry your polish completely as well. When you finish painting your nails, stick your hands in the freezer for a few minutes.
3. Upgrade Your Lacquers
Using a quick-dry topcoat is always smart,because it helps keep everything in place and protects your polish. Instead of the usual thick top coat, go for a quick-dry version, says Liang, who favors longtime InStyle Best Beauty Buy award winner Seche Vite. There are quick drying products like Essie’s Quick-E Drying Drops,formulated with special resins to speed up dry time.Apply just a droplet to each nail after your top coat for best results. The only caveat is that the still-liquid polish underneath can move around, resulting in lumps or ripples.
Apart from these quick drying methods you can also try the following.
Those clear top coats of nail polish are popular for a reason – they help your nails to dry speedy fast. Finish off your nail polish with a fast-drying clear topcoat. Not only will it help the polish to cure faster, it will protect it longer from chipping.
Alternately, try this method. If you are painting your nails with only one or two thick coats of polish, the lacquer may be too thick to dry properly. Instead, paint three or more very thin coats of polish, allowing 3 minutes between each coat. Although it may sound like it will take longer, the total time will be less than the long waiting period you suffer with thick coats.
A can of cooking spray in your kitchen cupboard works great for drying nail polish quickly. As soon as your nails have a top coat, spray them completely with your cooking spray. Let it sit for a minute or two, and then wash your hands of the oil.