Some people just don’t get it. A broken nail can actually be a big deal. The guys at work usually seem to think it’s kind of funny, but when I showed them my most recent awesome broken beauty, they all pitched in to find me some sort of glue adhesive. We couldn’t find SuperGlue, or Krazy Glue, or even spray adhesive. They managed to find me some Loctite to get me through the day. Thankfully.
I’m kind of a newbie to having nails. I used to be a nail biter. I had the habit from when I was just a kid and hung on to it until I was 25. I know, a quarter century of nail biting. I woke up one morning and said to myself: Self, I want pretty nails. And I did it. Being a newbie to the nails means I’m also a newbie to breaking them off well below the quick. I’m not sure there’s any worse pains than that?
Usually, I’m very careful with my nails, but last week, I broke my thumb nail. I’ve done it before, except that time I ripped off as much nail as I had on my finger. It was awful! And it took months to grow back. GAH!
This time, I was determined to save the nail. I had all the guys on the look out for some sort of strong, quick dry adhesive. One of them found me some Loctite. It worked and held me over until I got home that evening, but it’s no match for Krazy Glue.
I knew I needed Krazy Glue, and I also knew I needed some sort of fibre of something to help stabilize the glue. That may have been where we went wrong with the Loctite. Gluing two things together is easy, helping them form a strong bond that with withstand the torsion that a finger or thumb nail is put through is the important part.
I came up with the idea of a coffee filter, which I thought would work perfectly, its a tightly woven fabric. The only problem with that is that I use a Keurig with a reusable coffee filter! Back to the drawing board. I was rooting around in my drawers, looking for cheese cloth. I was sure I had purchased some, at some point. No luck there. But in my hunting, I found a tea bag.
It was meant to be. I swear the sun was setting, the birds (we don’t have birds in the winter) were singing and the tea bag was lit right up.
So here’s what I did:
1. Collect supplies: Krazy Glue, nail file, nail buffer (Not pictured in beginning), tweezers or clothes pin, empty tea bag, clear polish(not pictured)
2. File down the affected nail, and the others, if you’re a little particular – like me. You should be able to tell between the instagram photo that I took immediately after the incident and my tutorial photos that the nails are different lengths. Buff the top of the tear gently to remove high points or anything that will snag.
3. Open Krazy Glue – CAREFULLY apply to broken part of nail. Wiggle broken nail a little bit to distribute glue into the crack itself.
4. Using tweezers or clothespin, apply a small piece of tea bag to the area and allow to set for about a minute.
5. Apply more glue to the top of the tea bag – it should look saturated. Allow to set. You can buff off the excess glue, but be cautious when applying.
6. Rip off excess tea bag. File and buff off excess glue and smooth repair work.
7. Cover with a coat of clear polish or any polish desired.
How do you fix your nail emergencies?? Have any tried and true methods to keep the free edge from ripping?