There are a few ways to tackle this issue. First and foremost, prevent it – use a nail hardener with every manicure and don’t soak your hands for too long in warm water. I wish this was a no fail fix, however, it is inevitable that we will all experience annoying tears in our finger nails. As long as you can catch the problem early enough it is easily remedied.
There are two quick fixes that I use and one more comprehensive method [which is better and lasts longer].
1) If you are out and about when the breakage occurs, find some clear scotch tape and place it over the crack to prevent it from worsening. This is not a long term solution.
2) If you have nail polish handy and need something to tide you over, paint a few coats over the tear to seal it. Also not a long lasting option.
In my opinion, the most effective and cost friendly method is to use a tea bag and a base coat to create a patch.
First cut a small corner off of the tea bag to fashion a patch for the broken nail. You want to make this as small as necessary to cover the tear [but don’t skimp]. Next, paint your nail with a base coat and while wet place the patch on top using tweezers [you can use your fingers if you prefer but it is usually easier and more accurate to use a tool].
Once you have place the patch on the tear, press it down with your fingers. You want to aim for the patch to be flush with your nail. Allow the base coat to dry completely and then layer two more base coats on top of the patch allowing each layer to dry entirely.
The finish product should look something like this:
Now you are free to paint your nails as usual. The broken nail may need an extra coat to be completely hidden but once you have the colour on you won’t even see or feel the patch.
This process does add a little time to your manicure, however, it will help the nail to grow out to a point where you can get rid of it.
Hopefully this tutorial was helpful but if you do have any questions, or use another technique to repair your broken nails I’d love to hear from you!
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