How to Cure Chipped Toenails

Avoid ingrown toenails by cutting them straight across.
Avoid ingrown toenails by cutting them straight across. (Image: Jupiterimages/ Images)

Wearing a pair of funky flip-flops to the beach or sexy open-toed heels for that easy, breezy summer look requires toenails that are well looked after. Overexposure to hot water, dehydration or improper nail cutting techniques can cause toenails to chip and break. There are several ways to cure chipped toenails and prepare your feet to be shown off this summer.

Things You'll Need

  • Toenail clippers
  • 1/2 gallon water
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • Plastic basin
  • Soft cloth
  • Moisturizing lotion
  • Clear nail polish

Cut the chipped toenails with a pair of clean toenails clippers. Cut the nails straight across as short as possible to prevent any further chips and to stop the chips from becoming large cracks.

Pour 1/2 gallon warm water and 1/4 cup olive oil into a plastic basin.

Soak just your toes, or your whole feet if you want to soften them as well, in the mixture for 10 to 20 minutes.

Remove your feet from the mixture and rinse away the olive oil with warm water. Do not use hot water as this will rob your feet of moisture, making chipped toenails even worse.

Pat your feet dry with a soft cloth. Avoid rubbing your feet, especially the toes as the nails could snag on the cloth, leading to further chips and breakage.

Cover the nails with a layer of moisturizing lotion.

Allow the lotion to dry for three to five minutes before covering all of the toenails with nail strengthening clear nail polish. This polish will add a sheen to the nails and protect them from further damage.

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