Who doesn’t need their nails to dry faster? If you’re like me and regularly wake up with weird creasing and indentations in your nail polish then you probably don’t have the patience to let them dry all the way. I paint my nails once or twice a week but I simply cannot resist immediately typing on my keyboard or eating food right after I’ve painted them. Today, all of us antsy mcpantsies will take a stance and find a way to make our nail polishes dry quicker because, let’s be honest, none of those “quick dry drop” things really work and they also make your nail polish chip faster.
1. Cooking Spray
I’ve heard this time and time again, cooking spray will speed up your drying time like no other. I even tried it and—gasp—it does work. The only trouble is is that now you’ve got cooking spray all over your hands. The good news is you’ll be less likely to touch stuff and thus less likely to ruin your nails. Wash your hands after, bb.
2. Ice Water
Coldness makes molecules stick together more closely (or something scientific like that) so dipping your fingers in a bowl of cold or ice water for 3 minutes will turn your liquid nail polish into a solid. I also use this tactic and find that it helps, on the flip side putting your nails in hot water just a few minutes after they’ve dried will make your nail polish peel off.
3. Blow Dryer
Instead of flapping your hands around like a maniac or blowing on them with your mouth, turn your blow dryer onto the coolest setting and swirling it around your nails in a circular motion. Don’t get too close. I haven’t tried this but I’ve read about it too many times to not be convinced.
4. Air Duster
Air duster or keyboard duster contains endothermic or heat absorbing ingredients and it also releases a cooling spray, perfect quick drying nails.
5. Freeze ‘Em
If you’re really in a rush and don’t mind your meat melting, just put your hands in the freezer. I’ve definitely done this and it definitely does help. It’s not the best solution but it will speed up the process if you can handle the cold.