How Can I Dry Nail Polish Quickly?

Applying your nail polish to perfection requires enough concentration and patience. Don't wait another hour or more for your gorgeous manicure to set completely. Follow our quick-dry tips.

Applying your nail polish to perfection requires enough concentration and patience. Don't wait another hour or more for your gorgeous manicure to set completely. Patience is a virtue, but time is gold!

The best way to avoid dents and creases on your manicure is to wait for your polish to dry thoroughly before returning to your daily activities. The thing is, not many people can afford the luxury of sitting motionless for several hours. The great news is that you can beat the waiting game.

 

How can I dry nail polish quickly?

 

Free Your Nails of Oil


Moisturised nails are healthy, but oil on your nail beds will definitely affect the drying time of your polish. To ensure that your nails are oil-free, wash your hands thoroughly with soap and water prior to your manicure, and avoid applying lotion or cuticle cream. Polish will adhere better to your clean nails.


Use Quick-Dry Nail Solutions


Surprise! Quick-dry solutions do work and are essential to a pristine manicure. The science behind quick-dry nail drops shows that solvents are the key. Solvents can evaporate within a short span of time, and quick-dry nail drops and sprays contain a high concentration of these ingredients.

Additionally, some drying products, such as Essie Nail Care Quick-E Quick Dry Drops, or OPI RapiDry Nail Polish Dryer feature a specific formula that effectively seals the colour of your nail polish without affecting its finish.

 

How can I dry nail polish quickly?

 

Use a Blow-Dryer


Hold on a second! Before you pick up your blow-dryer, adjust the setting to its coolest temperature. This is important, because hot air will only melt your nail polish. On the other hand, a blast of cool air will definitely dry your nails quicker than usual.


Dip Your Nails in Cold Water


Just like the blow-drying concept, the principle behind a water dunk is the cold temperature. Nail polishes contain certain levels of plastic films that naturally harden when exposed to lower temperatures. Dip your nails into ice-cold water for around two minutes to freeze (and dry) your nail polish fast. Sounds like it wont work, right? Give it a go, you'll be surprised!

 

These methods will definitely reduce the drying time of your nail polish. You may also want to consider picking up a nail lacquer that itself is a quick-drying formula to save you from these extra steps. We love OPI Nail Laqcuer and CND Vinylux Nail Polish for a professional, fast-drying nail polish.


How can I dry nail polish quickly?