How to Make Nail Polish Dry Fast

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Applying thin layers of polish goes a long way.

Understandably, most of us are avoiding salons right now. The coronavirus pandemic has made simple pleasures, like getting your hair colored and nails done, super risky to not only you, but your stylist or nail tech.

The solution: It’s time to take things into your own hands. After you read up on how to remove your acrylic nails or gel polish, these tips to strengthen your nails, and the best non-toxic polishes to try, you’re ready to give yourself a beautiful at-home manicure.

But after cutting, filing, shaping, and painting for what feels like hours, the last thing you want to do is put up with the slow, painful process of letting that paint dry (or worse, ruining your hard work).

“Regular nail polish takes about 30 to 60 minutes to dry to the touch,” says Eliana Gaviria, a nail technician at Haven Spa in New York City. But it actually takes hours—sometimes a full day—for nail polish to completely dry to a smooth finish.

While you’ll simply need a bit of patience, there are a few tricks that can help you get better results in a shorter amount of time. Below, experts share legit tips on how make your nails dry faster at home—and what you should avoid doing to speed up the process.

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