Well now you've done it. You broke a nail. You don't want to cut it off because then you'll have one stumpy nail . Let me show you a quick way to fix a broken nail.
Here's the scenario: You're about to embark on a weekend filled with glamorous activities including going to the theatre, attending an art gallery opening, followed by drinks with a one eyed Count, and shopping for solid gold polo ponies.
Then you break a nail.
Now what??Your manicurist is having her elbows liposuctioned and her assistant is doing a week long "cleanse" that's left her incapacitated and confined to one specific room in her house.
Well lady, you're gonna have to repair your own nail.
If you want this trick to last even longer use it in combination with an .
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How to Fix a Broken Nail
Fixing a broken natural nail (this isn't for acrylic nails) can be done in a few minutes if you have the supplies on hand. The technique is a like a silk wrap, but done with the woven fabric of a tea bag which is remarkably strong.
The fix will last about 2 weeks, giving the broken part strength and allowing your nail time to grow out.
- super glue (brush on super glue is the easiest to use)
- a teabag
- nail file
- nail buffer
(if you're bendy enough you can use this same technique to fix a cracked toenail.I recommend using super glue for a broken nail instead of "nail glue" because there's no need to buy something special.
Super glue works perfectly well and contains the same main ingredient as nail glue.
Gather your supplies: scissors, superglue, a teabag, tweezers and a nail file. (also a buffer if you have one)
Cut your tea bag to the size of the nail bed that's broken. In my case it's the teeny, tiny pinkie nail.
Apply a small drop of Super Glue to your nail. You probably only have regular squeeze out super glue at home. Order a bottle of brush on super glue for future breaks. It's easier and more precise to apply.
Swish it around your nail so it covers the whole thing.
Using your tweezers, place the tea bag on your nail bed.
It's a bit messy but that's O.K. It's all getting covered up. Also, if your break is a bit further up on the nail than mine, you can cut your tea bag slightly larger so you can wrap the tea bag onto the underside of the nail as well, creating a stronger mend. My break was right down to the quick so this technique couldn't be used.
Grab your Super Glue again and put another drop of glue on. Spread it around.
Now your broken nail is technically mended. Kind of like fibreglassing a boat.
Using a buffing stone if you have one, buff the nail smooth once your glue is dry. Do this gently, you don't want to tear through the tea bag.
Follow up with the polishing side to make your nail bed as smooth as you can get it.
Apply a coat of clear nail polish to only the mended nail. While you're at it, do your best to avert your eyes from the horror of your cuticles.
Once it's dry, apply another coat to the mended nail, plus the rest of your nails. You'll therefore end up with 2 coats of base on the mended nail. This will help make it smoother for your nail polish application.
Apply whatever nail polish you think will be The Count's favourite. If he is the much sought after one-eyed Count, you can probably get away with only putting nail polish on one hand. Resume your super glamorous activities as planned. Phew. Disaster and embarrassment averted.
Will a nail just heal itself?
As much as we'd like them to, a broken nail can't magically heal itself like skin can.
Nails take a month to grow 3-4 mm. If you took 2 sticks of dry spaghetti and stacked them they would be around 4mm wide.
If your nail has fallen off completely it'll take 6 months for it to fully grow back.
How to fix a broken nail without glue.
If you don't happen to have crazy glue or nail glue around there are 2 other ways you can fix the nail.
- Instead of sticking the tea bag with glue, use regular clear nailpolish. It won't be as strong as the glue, but it will do a good job of making the tea bag stick.
- If you're just looking to make your nail last a few days you can also stick a fake nail on top of it.
How to prevent nails from breaking
Condition your nails and cuticles with oil to keep them hydrated. Wearing nail polish also protects from breaks and cracks.
Super glue vs Nail glue
They're not exactly, but basically the same thing so don't worry if you only have super glue. Nail glue is better for acrylic nails but not necessary for natural nails.
TIP: This above technique with nail polish will work even better if you use gel polish and cure it under a UV light.
- a teabag
- nail file
- nail buffer
- Gather this stuff. Scissors, superglue, a teabag, tweezers and a nail file. (also a buffer if you have one)
- Cut your tea bag to the size of the nail bed that’s broken. In my case it’s the teeny, tiny pinkie nail.
- Apply a small drop of Super Glue to your nail.
- Swish it around your nail so it covers the whole thing.
- Using your tweezers, place the tea bag on your nail bed.
- Grab your Super Glue again and put another drop of glue on. Spread it around.
- Using a buffing stone if you have one, buff the nail smooth once your glue is dry. Do this gently, you don’t want to tear through the tea bag.
- Follow up with the polishing side to make your nail bed as smooth as you can get it.
- Apply 2 coats of clear nail polish tothe mended nail.
- Apply colour polish.
It’s a bit messy but that’s O.K. It’s all getting covered up. Also, if your break is a bit further up on the nail than mine, you can cut your tea bag slightly larger so you can wrap the tea bag onto the underside of the nail as well, creating a stronger mend. My break was right down to the quick so this technique couldn’t be used.
Your mended nail will last and look good for weeks! Unless you're a peasant and partake in things like cleaning up chicken coops.
If, in addition to chicken coop cleaning, you also partake in gardening, building, mixed martial arts, dish washing, and general real life stuff, your nails will probably look a little more like this after the weekend.
(if this look offends you you really should look into a home kit UV lamp and gel polish.)
Notice however, how the mended pinkie nail is still in (relatively) perfect condition. In my opinion, by and large, these hands are still perfectly acceptable for a night out with royalty. Provided the royals are drunk.
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"Lightly buff the surface of the nail and apply a coat or two of a fast-drying, thin viscosity glue, like Nail Bliss by Dashing Diva Brush-on Glue ($5), to hold your nail together until you can get to a salon," she says. Coat your nail with polish on top of the glue once it's dried to help keep the crack in place.How do you treat a fully broken nail? ›
Keep the nail bed dry, clean, and covered with petroleum jelly and an adhesive bandage until the nail bed is firm or the nail has grown back. Apply a new adhesive bandage whenever the bandage gets wet. Watch for signs of infection such as increasing heat, redness, pain, tenderness, swelling, or pus.Is Vaseline good for Broken nails? ›
Cover each nail with a thick coat of something such as Vaseline Original Petroleum Jelly ($2; target.com) or Aquaphor Healing Ointment ($5; target.com). “Applying this occlusive layer seals in the cuticle oil so that it will penetrate deeper and provides a protective barrier to help prevent moisture loss,” explains Dr.Can you fix a split nail? ›
Split nails can be a frustrating and painful condition
DIY fixes such as super glue, nail wraps, and tea bags can provide a quick fix, but professional treatments such as short, flexible gel nail extensions, acrylic nail overlays, and manicures can provide long-term solutions.
If you lose your nail, it will take about 7 to 10 days for the nail bed to heal. A new fingernail will take about 4 to 6 months to grow to replace the lost nail. Toenails take about 12 months to grow back. The new nail will probably have grooves or ridges and be somewhat misshapen.Can you use super glue to fix a broken nail? ›
I recommend using super glue for a broken nail instead of "nail glue" because there's no need to buy something special. Super glue works perfectly well and contains the same main ingredient as nail glue.How do you soak a broken nail? ›
To prevent infection: Soak your foot or hand in a solution of 1 tsp (5 mL) of salt dissolved in 4 cups (1 L) warm water for 20 minutes, 2 or 3 times each day, for the next 3 days. Reapply petroleum jelly, and cover with a fresh adhesive bandage.How painful is losing a fingernail? ›
Nail bed avulsion
Some accidents can lift your nail away from your finger partially or completely. This is called nail bed avulsion, and it's extremely painful. This injury is typically accompanied by bleeding and swelling, and it definitely calls for immediate medical attention.
Cut out a tiny piece of clear tape, such as Scotch tape or gift-wrapping tape, big enough to cover the broken area of your nail. Using tweezers, attach the tape to your nail so that it covers the entire torn or broken area. Press it down gently to make sure it's firmly affixed to the nail.Can a tea bag fix a broken nail? ›
Cut a tea bag into a piece large enough to cover the tear or thinning area. Apply a clear coat (which will act as your glue) and while wet place tea bag piece over tear. Press down with finger or tweezers to make sure there are no air bubbles between the "gauze" and the nail.
Fingernails grow an average of around 3.47 millimeters (mm) per month, according to a 2010 study . In this article, we explain some home remedies and diet tips for improving nail strength, as well as debunking myths about nail growth.Can you paint a broken fingernail? ›
Using gel top coat or builder gel (because it provides extra strength), paint a layer of polish over the broken nail and let it cure. Apply another coat and your nail should be nice and strong once again.What can I use instead of nail glue? ›
Use gel polish as nail glue
You can use gel polish as a substitute for nail glue! Gel polish when cured hardens to become an adhesive for your press-on nails on your nail plate. Unlike nail adhesive tabs, gel polish can be just as strong as nail glue and lasts long if properly cured and taken care of.