Dry your nails fast!

Friday, 23 March 2012

Dry your nails fast!There is nothing more irritating then waiting for perfectly painted nails to dry – only to smudge them when reaching for something in your hand bag. We’ve got some really quick and easy ways to dry your nails fast!

Blow it up

Salons use fans to help speed up drying, but your hair dryer works just as well. 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 is much more helpful.

Freeze it out

Since cold hardens polish, ice water baths are also a great setting trick. Before you start painting your nails, fill a mixing bowl with ice cubes and run cold water over the top. Then, when you’re finished painting, dip your nails in for about a minute. 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.

Spray it down

You can get nail-drying spray at the pharmacy and it really does help your polish set in a couple of minutes. But cooking-spray (such as Spray and Cook) legendarily does the job as well. Just wait a few minutes after you spray it on and rinse your hands so you don’t smell like canola oil.

Thin it out

Instead of putting on one or two coats of thick polish, apply three extremely thin coats, and let each dry for a couple of minutes before you layer on the next. It might seem like it slows down your manicure, but it actually makes overall drying time much faster.

Top it off

Using a quick-dry topcoat is always smart, because it helps keep everything in place and protects your polish. The only caveat is that the still-liquid polish underneath can move around, resulting in lumps or ripples, so don’t treat it as a cure-all.

So next time you treat yourself to a home manicure or pedicure, experiment with these tips and find out which one(s) work best for you. Or you can just continue waving your hands in the air and not touching anything!

Written by Miriam Lacey, this article originally appeared in Bellasugar.

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Zoe has a bachelor’s degree in motion picture medium. She loves all things beauty and fashion. When she is not writing articles for the latest issue of Clicks Club Card magazine or BeautySouthAfrica.com, she is obsessed with gel nails, lengthening mascaras and healthy glowing skin! Zoe on Google+

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  1. Tatum Simpson

    I wait up to an hour for my nails to dry – and I still have smudged polish – nearly every time.
    Ice water does not work and is in fact extremely painful. I have tried icing my fingers three times and it has not resulted in a shorter drying time at all. The paint may look solid, but just a gentle touch will result in the entire thing shifting.
    The cool setting on my hairdryer did nothing – I also felt pretty ridiculous blowdrying my fingers.
    Cooking spray results in an oily residue everywhere and nails that only look dry, but are in fact very vulnerable to dents and movement.
    I haven’t tried any quick-dry products. Could anyone recommend any that may actually work?

    2 years ago •

  1. Emma Jane Bouah

    Very excited about trying the ice. I’m constantly smudging my nails because it takes too long to dry and I’m a little impatient :P

    3 years ago •

  1. Thirusha Govender

    I have never tried ice before.

    3 years ago •

  1. Cupcake

    Never knew about the ice, great to know.

    4 years ago •

  1. Nuuh

    Great tips as always thank you, always get my nails smug when I apply nail polish cause it does not dry out quick enough

    5 years ago •

  1. Hima

    Topping it off with a topcoat is two fold,..quick dry and protects

    5 years ago •

  1. Rochelle Stewart

    Freezing sounds the best!

    5 years ago •

  1. Tanya

    Great tips,I will try freezing it out

    5 years ago •

  1. Tasha

    Spray and cook? Really? Did anyone try this? I am very inquisitive if it works. Top coats don’t always do it for me.

    5 years ago •

  1. Lorraine

    Learnt something usefull. I do not like to wait for my nails to get dry . Always smudging. Now i know the next time i can use spray and cook.

    5 years ago •

  1. Rochelle Kay

    I use the freeze it out method. Works for me!

    5 years ago •

  1. Zu

    I sometims use cuticle oil, baby oil…

    5 years ago •

  1. Chicara

    Very helpful tips. I also smudge my nails.

    5 years ago •

  1. honey_child

    I am going to freeze it out !

    5 years ago •

  1. Debsie

    My nail polish always smudges. Will try these tips

    5 years ago •

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