Oh noeessss, a broken nail!
Don't worry, I have a fix for you today.
I have gotten pretty good at saving my nails that break. This isn't always just vanity, my nails can break so low down on the side, to cut the entire broken area off would result in injury to the nail bed.
OUCH! Here is how I patch the nail until it grows out enough that I can trim off the break.
1This is the type of break that is a good candidate for repair. A bad candidate would be a completely broken off nail, or one that has resulted in injury to the nail bed, or the nail is not going into place again smoothly.
My nail caught on a loose drawer pull and cracked on the side, it is like this right now. Thanks alot loose drawer pull!
(Note to self: fix stupid drawer pull already!)
2 You will also want to collect some DIY supplies you will need :
Loctite Super Glue GEL I think I found this at Home Depot If you can't get this one, a nail glue will work. The gel is much easier to work with.
Nail Polish Remover
4 Cut a small piece of teabag. If I cut it like this I can still enjoy this tea.
5 This is the "bandage" to fix your nail crack. I am enjoying my favorite green chai tea here, what do you like, I wonder? Do you even like tea? Curious...
7 Gently pry open the crack and do your best to ensure the glue is contacting both sides of the break. Here is where it gets sticky. Press your nail back into place gently with another nail or an orangewood stick. Be careful, take your time and do your best not to glue your fingers together.
8 I then apply the bandage to the nail. TIP: tearing the edges of the teabag makes it easier to blend your repair smoothly into the natural nail.
9 Now I smooth the patch and press it into the glue, then
10 apply more glue to the patch to saturate the teabag and form the patch.
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Sip your tea for approximately ten minutes while the patch dries. Be very careful, if you touch this patch to anything when it is wet you may be wearing that thing on your nail.
11 Carefully file the patch down to blend with your natural nail, this is where the art of this process comes in. You are sculpting your nail patch here, you will want to carefully avoid filing into the natural nail around the patch! I would use a typical emery board grit or slightly coarser. This is a step where extreme caution is advised, it is easy to see where the patch ends, so align the file with that and file in a direction away from the natural nail, especially the part toward your cuticle. The part near the tip is not as critical, as you will be cutting that off sooner.
12 Next buff using successively smoother buffers. I found this little hexagon buffer for $1 at Dollar Tree and I find it extremely handy.
Apply basecoat and polish as usual! A ridge filling basecoat might be useful for you to smooth things over even further.
Now the best part, nail polish!
13 Here is a shade which is the closest I have to mannequin hands, LE Maybelline Natural Beauty from two summers ago I believe.
14 Today is a good day for a quick drying polish!
15 Not bad, and if the patch is slightly visible, it is probably only you that will notice, and it is nothing some glitter or texture can't fix!
The good news and the bad news is that this patch is easily removed with acetone. It used to be necessary to re do the patch each time I polish my nails, but I have learned to avoid it sometimes, though eventually the patch wears down and fails.
Here is how I avoid re-doing it each time. I do not use acetone on the patched area. I switch to a non acetone polish remover, I use ONYX brand No Odor for natural nails. This is much slower acting so I have time to swipe off the polish before the acetone dissolves, then quickly wash my hands and voila, patch intact. Sometimes a quick buffing to re-smooth the area is needed and voila! This has been a great time saver, because fixing the patch on the nail takes me about 20 minutes start to finish.
I hope that someone out there may find this helpful. I would love to hear if you have any tips or suggestions to improve my techniques and help us all stay perfectly polished.