How to Dry Your Nails Fast

by Michelle LaRowe

Little is more frustrating thing than paying someone to paint your nails, only to smudge them a few minutes after leaving the salon. Even if you paint your own nails, having to redo a smudged one can be a major inconvenience. Fortunately, you can speed up the nail drying process. And the faster your nails dry, the less likely you are to smudge them.

Items you will need

  • Fan or hairdryer
  • Ice water
  • Nail spray
Step 1

Apply polish properly. Use a base coat, two thin coats of polish and a clear top coat. Using a thick coat of nail polish will prolong the drying process.

Step 2

Use a fan or hairdryer on the coolest setting to dry your nails quickly. The increased air flow will help your nails dry faster.

Step 3

Dip your nails into a bowl of ice water. The cold temperature of the ice water will set your polish quickly.

Step 4

Spray your nails with nail spray. Using nail spray on your nails will harden the enamel faster. Be sure to follow the instructions on the package before using the spray.


  • Have your quick drying tools in place before your paint your nails to avoid smudging your polish.


  • Use caution when using a hairdryer or fan near water to prevent injury.

About the Author

Michelle LaRowe is the 2004 International Nanny Association Nanny of the Year and the author of "Nanny to the Rescue!", "Working Mom's 411" and a "Mom's Ultimate Book of Lists." LaRowe graduated from Bridgewater State College with a Bachelor of Science in chemistry and holds a Certificate in Pastoral Studies from Global University.

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