To avoid nail breakage, moisturize your nails and use gloves when you're washing dishes or gardening. Here's how you can fix those unavoidable nail snafus.
Things You'll Need
- Colored Nail Polish
- Emery Board
- Manicure Stick
- Nail Buffer
- Nail Glue Or Fast-bonding Glue
- Nail-polish Remover
- Tea bag, coffee filter or silk swatch
Remove any polish from the nail. Start with clean, dry nails.
Cut a patch from a tea bag, coffee filter or swatch of silk. The patch should be large enough to cover the tear.
Put a drop of fast-bonding glue on a toothpick and apply it to the tear. Use nail glue or a household glue containing cyanoacrylate. If you get any glue on your skin, wipe it off with acetone-based nail-polish remover.
Hold the nail in place with the toothpick for 30 seconds. If the tear is small, this alone will fix it--no need for a patch.
Dab the glue on the patch, then pick up the patch with tweezers.
Use the toothpick or a manicure stick to smooth the patch onto the tear. Act quickly because the glue dries fast.
Allow the glue to dry thoroughly for 1 minute. Then smooth out any rough edges with an emery board and a nail buffer. File nails in a square instead of an oval shape to prevent breakage.
Apply colored nail polish to camouflage the patch.