How To Quickly Repair Broken NailsIt can happen at the most inconvenient time. Youíre getting dressed for school, an evening out friends or right before a date you break your nail. You quickly assess the damage and find a small tear that will likely grow larger over time. What do you do? If you have the right supplies in your house, you can do a quick repair that will allow the nail to remain viable until it grows longer and you can trim off the torn area. Hereís how to fix a broken nail:
Prep Your Nail for Repair.
Before you start the repair, use nail polish remover to completely remove the nail polish from the torn fingernail. Wash the affected fingernail gently in warm soapy water and dry it thoroughly.
Repair the Tear.
The most effective way to repair the tear is with the help of a strong, quick bonding glue such as Super Glue. If youíve ever worked with quick bonding glues containing cyanoacrylate you know how temperamental they can be. They bond almost anything including skin. To repair the torn area without bonding your fingers together, use a toothpick to remove a very small amount of the glue from the container. Still using your toothpick, apply a very thin film of glue along the tear and press the two nail arts together. Apply pressure with the toothpick for at least a minute to bond the torn area in place. Have nail polish remover available along with cotton balls in case you should get glue on your skin.
Hide the Repair.
Now that your torn nail is temporarily repaired, itís time to do a little cosmetic work. Use the rough side of an emery board to gently smooth the repaired area. Follow up by applying a coat of nail strengthener followed by your regular nail polish.
If the tear in the nail is too large, you may have to resort to making a temporary patch which you can glue over the tear using Super Glue. An excellent patch material is tea bag material. Once the tea bag material is glued to the tear, you can trim any excess material that extends beyond the nail and proceed with your light sanding operation followed by nail strengthener and polish.
A skillfully repaired broken nail can last until the nail grows out if you treat your hands with kindness. The next time you discover that broken nail donít panic, just get out the Super Glue, a tea bag and some nail strengthener.
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