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No one wants to wait around for nail polish to dry. There are lots of rumors of ways to get polish to dry more quickly, but which actually work? Share your best quick-drying nail polish tip or read ideas submitted by other readers. Share Your Tips


use cooking spray as one of the other ladies said. it will work and leave yourhands not to dry :) lol try it! they will dry asap no lie
—Guest _ ms. know it all

This works for real

Get cold water and dip your fingers inside for about 5 minutes and let them dry (air dry) for 5 mins again
—Guest Cass

Steam Works Too

While you have a pot of water on the simply just put your hands over it. Not only will they dry but they will become matte nails as well. So it's like two things on one
—Guest Coco Puff

A little bit of everything...

Step 1, always apply thin coats. Step 2, blow on nails and run nails through ice cold water. Step 3, apply additional coats if needed and repeat steps. Step 4, wait for 20 - 30 minutes before doing ANYTHING. Step 5, can't be patient? Buy yourself fast drying nail polish and/or buy Seche Vite.
—Guest Nail Lady

it helps

All you have to do is turn the cold to the sink on and put your hands in it, they will be done in 30 seconds.
—Guest i help

ice water

put your hands in ice water. it makes your nails dry faster
—Guest crap

Ice water

Use ice and water works really well they will be dry before you know it
—Guest Kiley

"quick dry" treatments ≠ faster drying

This is insane! Oil sprays and quick drying treatments do not actually make your polish dry faster. They do, however, reduce the likelihood that you're going to ding-up/smudge your polish while it's drying, by forming a slick surface on top. Quick-dry topcoats are similar; they don't dry the polish underneath, but they do harden on top of it. If you're not careful, you can end up scraping your polish right off if the under-layers are still tacky when you reach into your bag for your phone. It still makes sense to use the above methods when you're trying to preserve a brand-new manicure. It's also important to understand how they work so you can achieve the best results!
—Guest Kate

Nail drying tips

I was in a hurry and was about ready to just remove my polish. But to my surprise the cooking spray totally worked for me. My nails were dry almost immediately. Makes me wonder about the chemicals in the cooking spray though!
—Guest Pat


So what I do all the time is I add a little bit of nail polish remover to the nail polish and mix it really good. You can add it to your colors and/or your top clear coat. The alcohol in the remover makes the polish dry much faster than ice water or a hair dryer. It also turned that old gloopy polish back to normal!
—Guest anom

Ice and water

Dip your fingers inside a cup with cold water and ice and your nails ddry up (:
—Guest Tania


a hair dryer on medium setting it heats it or try sticking your hand in a freezer my seem crazy but it works
—Guest savvy monkey


Do not use heat. All it does is melt the Polish! Most definatly use ice cold water!!!! Dries 'em I a heart beat!!
—Guest jazmyne

Nail fast dry

U can put on ur polish and then hold it in front of the sun or a heater and it'll be dry before u no it
—Guest Hemali styles

drying nail polish faster

use quick drying drops!!!! thin coats and 1-2 drops per nail(:
—Guest Bella

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