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Sometimes broken nails happen! It sucks and it s sad, but the best thing to do is fix it immediately if possible, and then hope the nail gods make that nail grow out FAST! There are lots of ways to fix a broken nail with paper, teabags, etc. but I usually don t have the patience. This is the technique I use, and it can last up 1 or 2 weeks for me, which is long enough for most breaks to grow out. Every once in awhile I will have to reapply the fix, but I am okay with that. Here is my sad broken thumb, where it usually cracks. As you can see this is a good one, the crack is lifted and everything. Let s fix it! What If You Can t Fix It Now? Sometimes you are not at home, and won t be soon. Maybe you are at work and there isn t super glue anywhere to be found, or you forgot to stash your nail repair kit in your purse (shame, shame! ). Or maybe it s time for bed and you can barely keep your eyes open. Here is a really simple solution that may be a little strange, but it stops the snagging on your hair, on your clothes, why does it want to snag on EVERYTHING? PTape to the rescue! A band-aid also works in a pinch, but be careful when you remove it they are super sticky and can make your tear worse. I don t recommend wrapping it all the way around so you don t cut off your circulation, but lay it over the crack securing it from snagging on anything else. This will keep the break from spreading until you can fix it. This fix is best for tears or breaks that are notP too Pdeep and won t receive too much action. 1. PGather Your Supplies Cotton pads, balls or pieces
Nail Glue I really likeP, it is super strong and last through many, many acetone polish removals (as long as your are not soaking your nails) Buffing Bar/Stick, with multiple grades 2.

P RemoveP Take off any old polish using your favorite nail polish remover and cotton. PI likeP. PBe careful not to snag your tear on the cotton. 3. Glue Using the apply a generous amount to the tear, making sure to get all the area surrounding it and some right underneath the tear so the glue will bond the two halves together. Let this dry for about 10-15 seconds. 4. Flatten Use the cuticle stick to push your crack/split/flap flat. Use as little surface area of your tool as possible and apply light pressure for 30-120 seconds long enough that when you release the pressure the tear doesn t move and remains sealed and nice and flat. 5. Buff Smooth This is the only time I buff my nails, and I try to get only the glue. Once you are sure the glue is completely dry, use your buffing stick to get the glue spot smooth and flush with your natural nail. You won t be able to smooth it all the way down, or you will take all the glue off and have to apply a second layer. Pay more attention to the edges if you make sure the edges are flush with your nail, no one will notice a little bump. P 6. Clean Up Use a q-tip soaked in acetone to remove any glue from your skin. Done! Next time you paint your nails, no one will be able to tell your nail is broken, happy day! P IBD Opi Related Posts - More Nails!

I ve had this problem ever since I can remember. The moment my nails got a bit longer, poof, there it was, the side split. Since I didn t have a photo of what I mean, here, have this drawing: The red marks the split. So needless to say I was pretty unhappy with having to cut my nails short the moment I got a bit hopeful. But I found a solution that works on my nails and possibly will work on yours as well. What you ll need is first and foremost a high quality crystal file. I use the OPI one. Glass files are much better then regular files, they cause much less snagging and give you a smooth finish with no damage to the nail. However they too come in different qualities so make sure you invest in a really good one. The prices are a bit uh hum but it will last you forever since it doesn t go dull (unless you drop it and it breaks, then it ll be gone). You ll also be needing a nail strengthener. If you don t like to paint your nails, no biggie, you can use the treatment alone. There are matte ones as well if you don t like it glossy. I use OPI Nail Envy, the original one. So once you have your crystal file, this is what you ll do: See, the left side is filed round, the right side is unfiled. The point being that if you have nails that love to split on the sides, you ll need to give the sides a slight curve. When the nails start to grow, the sides grow straight and that shape is much weaker then rounded. You don t have to file your nails to an unnatural round, just get rid of the slight corner and smooth the sides out, creating a very slight angle.

And always, ALWAYS file in one direction only! Don t go back and forth, that will wreak havoc on your nails. Once you ve filed your nails to a nice rounded shape, add the strengthener. If you re not using colored nail polish on top, go with the directions. Strengtheners usually say to apply one layer every day and remove after 5-7 days and start over. If you re using colored nail polish, just use the strengthener as a base coat. If your nails are prone to splitting, I wouldn t really suggest buffing them too much, that makes the nails thinner and thus weaker. So unless you have really ridged nails, I d say just don t. And with ridges, there are ridge fillers as well. The key to the whole thing is the filing. And yes, that means you ll have to give up your dreams of square nails. Square nails don t work for split-prone nails. After a lifetime of short nails, with this simple trick I finally have long nails that I ve been able to keep. Though I must admit to me they ve grown so long that it s a whole new territory and frankly a bit uncomfortable р Here are mine, nicely stained and dry from polish removal (before I ve dealt with my cuticles and buttering it all up) but at least you ll see the length and shape: I always got splits when I reached about half this length. So yes. If you re suffering with the same annoyance, do try this out. And if you have any questions or comments, feel free to comment below or e-mail me: kirikadawn@gmail. com Hope this helps! р

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