How to Fix a Torn Nail

Illustration for article titled How to Fix a Torn Nail

We were hoping to start this series with a tutorial on how to do a basic mani-pedi at home, but then this shit happened. Here's how to save a broken nail.

Advertisement

Step 1 (not pictured): Whenever something stressful or riveting happens, mindlessly chew on your cuticles. (Swallow?) This will prepare them for the ultimate CLOSE UP.

Illustration for article titled How to Fix a Torn Nail
Advertisement

Step 2: Rough up your nail with a buffer or a nail file. This'll give the glue something a little more grippy to adhere to.

Illustration for article titled How to Fix a Torn Nail

Step 3: Put a drop of nail glue under the broken part of the nail and hold the nail back in place as it dries. You'd think this would be the last step, but you'd be wrong.

Illustration for article titled How to Fix a Torn Nail
Advertisement

Step 4: Cut a piece of sheer silk into the same shape as your nail, ignoring the free edge which we'll trim later. You can always use a coffee filter or tea bag or toilet paper, but we aren't given many opportunities to be fancy these days, so strongly consider using the silk. Place a drop of glue at the base of your nail, down by the moon. Stick the silk to it and let it dry.

Illustration for article titled How to Fix a Torn Nail
Advertisement

Step 5: With the silk anchored in place, cover the whole nail/silk piece in glue. As it dries, pull on the silk as needed to be sure it adheres fully to the end of your nail.

Illustration for article titled How to Fix a Torn Nail
Advertisement

Step 6: File away the excess material.

Illustration for article titled How to Fix a Torn Nail
Advertisement

Step 7: Buff out any super bumpy spots. If you plan to polish, begin with a coat or two of ridge-filling base coat. As the nail grows out, you can begin buffing the silk and glue off. The end.

Share This Story

Get our newsletter

DISCUSSION

adtmf
AndyDickTracyMorganFreeman

PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE only use glue designed for nails. You can get it everywhere from Walgreens to Sally's. Using superglue is potentially very dangerous. Superglue is a methylcynoacrylate that can break down in water, turn yellow, is carcinogenic, and is not intended for use on the human body.

Nail glues and adhesives that are marketed as such are ethylcynoacrylate-based and were designed to be used on the body. As a licensed nail tech, I can tell you that it is not pretty when superglue is used.

Also, you can use part of a tea bag if you can't get your hands (pun!) on the silk wraps.