How To Dry Nails Fast Hairspray (The Best Drying Trick)

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If you are looking to dry your Nail Polish Instantly then you have come to the right place! As you have probably heard, you can dry your nails very fast with Hairspray! This article will explore how you can do this.

So, how do you dry your nails quickly with hairspray? You need to properly prepare your nails by cleaning and filing. After painting your nails with polish, quickly spray your nails with hairspray and naturally your polish will dry kn half the time.

As a Manicurist and Nail Technician, I am always looking for the best ways to dry nails. Whether it is on my own nails or for my Clients.

Through the years and through experience, I have realized that there are a number of unique, unexpected outright ludicrous ways to not only improve, but fasten a Mani.

One of which, is using Hairspray to Dry Nails!

Sounds peculiar right? And it is; Hairspray is intended for use only on hair, or so it is advertised as such.

Thankfully, through research, trial and testing, I can confirm that its a very effective strategy.

Hairspray contains some ingredients that when applied over the top of wet Nail Polish, help the polish to dry in an instant. Its a lot quicker than just simply waiting.

But does that mean you should just go out and use any old Hairspray? I’d advise against strongly against this.

Instead, you need to ensure you are using an Aerosol Hairspray with Extra Strong Hold (like this).

The L’Oreal Elnett Satin Hairspray is my personal favorite and works excellently for drying nails in under 10 seconds!

Below I would like to bring to you this technique, explain how to do it, and what you can expect.

It works brilliantly for both Natural and Acrylic Nails.

Lets begin:

How To Dry Your Nails With Hairspray

This is an incredibly simple method, and can be done in only a few steps.

So first of all, you are going to paint your nails as you would normally. I’ve actually a written a Painting Tips and Tricks Article which may be of benefit.

I’d first advise that you prepare your nails appropriately ahead of applying your Nail Polish.

I’d also recommend that you do one hand at a time. This way, you will not risk dripping or ruining your coat on your second hand whilst drying your first hand. Once your first hand is finished and dry, then move onto your second hand.

If you are working with your Natural Nails: Ensure you wash your hands and scrub your fingers/ nails to remove any lose debris, skin or dirt.

File them appropriately, to remove any loose nail and to get the length and shape that you would like.

If you are working with Acrylics: Ensure that you have applied your Acrylics correctly, they are not loose and that you are happy with their placement.

Paint all of your nails on one hand with two coats of your favorite Polish (do not use Gel). This could be a Base Coat and a Top Coat.

Let the Top Coat sit for just a moment.

Then take your Hairspray and spray over each nail from about 8 —10 inches away.

Make sure that you do spray too close because this can cause Air Bubbles and little specks which will tarnish the appearance of your nails. Being too close can also blast away your Topcoat so be sure to keep some distance.

It helps to hold your Hairspray Can up kind of high and spray down onto your Nails.

It also works best when you spray with a light mist and only a little bit at a time; not too much Hairspray. You are looking for just enough for it to work its magic. The less the better in this case.

You want to go over every one of your nails on your first hand.

If you feel like you need a second spray of Hairspray, you can apply another layer. Be careful, because if you apply too much your nails will get too oily.

In about 30 seconds, after you’ve allowed a bit of drying time, you should notice that your first hand’s nails are completely dry!

Now move onto your second hand and repeat the process!

The reason that this works is because the hairspray has a bit of oil and alcohol in it. These both interact with the ingredients in your nail polish.

To finish off, once both hands are done and they have dried, wash your hands with a small amount of soap and warm water to remove the sticky hairspray that’s left over.

And thats it!

Final Words

Using hairspray is a great nail drying hack for when you are in a hurry and you just want to speed up the drying process. This is one of my go to methods and recommendations that you should definitely try out.

Let me know how you get on by dropping a comment below. If you have any further tips, techniques or ideas it would be great to hear them!