It can feel wonderful to take care of your nails with clear or colored nail polish. However, for some people, the time necessary for the polish to dry outweighs the benefits of a DIY manicure.
While polish can take 10 to 12 minutes to properly set on the nail, there are various tricks you can use to speed up the process.
Continue reading for some safety tips on how to dry nail paint quickly.
- Quick-drying in cold water
This trick takes some preparation. Fill a small dish with cold tap water before painting your nails. Set the basin near where you’ll be painting your nails and add an ice cube or two. Wait around two minutes after painting your nails to allow the polish to “set,” ensuring that it adheres completely to your nails.
Then, dip your nails in cold water for around five minutes. When you take your hands or feet out of the water, you’ll notice water beading on top of the nail surface, indicating that your polish is entirely dried.
Before you begin painting your nails, turn on a hairdryer with a “cold air” setting. After you’ve finished polishing your nails, spray them with a constant stream of cool air.
This works best if you paint one hand’s nails, use the hairdryer, and then repeat the process on the other hand. It is critical that you use the cool setting on your hairdryer for this drying solution, as some users have reported burning their skin using a hot hairdryer.
- Drops of water drying
Drying drops for your nails are available at any beauty supply store or online. Drying drops, unlike quick-drying topcoats, do not add another layer to your manicure. Because these drops are oil-based, they condition your cuticles while drying your nails. This approach appears to dry the top coat of nail polish exclusively. Even if your nails appear dry after using drying drops, allow your manicure or pedicure to set for a few minutes more.
- Baby oil
Baby oil, olive oil, and even cooking spray may aid in the drying of your nails. Place the oil in a decanter or medicine dropper to easily manage how much oil you apply to each nail. You don’t require much! When you’re ready to dry your nails, apply a drop or two to each one and wait a minute or two.
As it lies on top of your nail bed and soaks into the paint, the oil should help the nail polish dry faster. Thinner paint dries faster, and this approach essentially thins the paint currently on your nail. Wipe the oil away with a dry paper towel whenever you notice it beading at the top of your nail.