UPDATE How to Fix a Broken Nail

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Like any beauty who is constantly trying out new products, I also try new techniques and methods when it comes to all things nails. If you remember after I removed the Madam Glam gel polish  I had a split up the center of my ring finger nail. Since I was so impressed with how that gel held up, considering it’s a soak off, I decided to do an updated video on how to repair a broken nail using gel polish instead of hard gel.

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How to fix a broken nail:

  1. First you need to remove any polish. If they break or split caused bleeding, wash with soap and water, apply some hydrogen peroxide and gently dry with a clean paper towel or tissue, then apply a bandage with some neosporin. You want to make sure all bleeding has stopped before attempting to repair the nail.
  2. Cleanse the nail using alcohol( the higher the percentage the better- I use 99%) to remove any traces of dirt or oils.
  3. Cut a piece of wrap (either silk, fiberglass, or tea bag) large enough to cover the break and the surrounding area.
  4. Apply a small amount of nail glue to a “throw away” surface. I like to use a piece of aluminum foil, but a plastic baggie or old makeup carton works well too. (If using a brush on glue, skip this step.)
  5. Apply the glue to the nail using a toothpick or brush on applicator, this allows precise application. Be sure to get in between the break/split and fully cover it as well as the surrounding area.
  6. Using tweezers, take your piece of wrap and apply it over the break. Gently press it down with the back end of the tweezers to fully adhere the wrap.
  7. Apply another layer of glue to fully cover the wrap. Cover any excess that goes beyond the free edge of the nail with glue. Let dry (to speed up the drying process you can spray the glue with nail glue dryer).
  8. Once the glue is dry you can apply another layer of glue. Continue this until desired thickness is achieved.
  9. File excess wrap from the free edge, then buff the surface of the glue smooth to blend with the natural nail.
  10. Cleanse the nail with alcohol to prepare it for the gel.
  11. Apply your gel base coat and cure for 30 seconds (LED).
  12. Apply your gel top coat and cure for 30 seconds (LED).
  13. Cleanse the nail with alcohol to remove the dispersion layer.
  14. Apply your manicure as usual. =)

madam glam removal nail repair gel polishcolor- Jessica Atomic Red ( I think…. I hope so…I actually don’t remember)

Now you’re ready to…

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16 Responses

  1. Lucy says:

    LOL i hate braking my nail all the time XD

  2. Alanna says:

    Oh my! I got home to fix my nail yesterday and couldn’t find my nail glue. I ended up putting two coats of top coat clear gel down. Curing In between coats. I’d like to buy some hard gel for these situations!

  3. LOLOLOL I love this post! It was a helpful laugh!

  4. Great method! Thank you for sharing!

  5. Deborah says:

    This is a great tutorial! I just tore off a nail last week and I wish I could have saved it using gel.

  6. I still don’t own anything gel! I need to have some on hand for the purpose of repairs.

  7. victoria says:

    Great info! I currently have a repair going 2 weeks strong on my Index!

  8. kelliegonzo says:

    This is a great method for fixing broken nails! Thanks for sharing!

  9. Julie says:

    LOL at that “fix all the nails” meme. I definitely needed this, my nails break so easily!

  10. Jess Scull says:

    Such a helpful tutorial! Saving this for the future!

  11. This sounds great. You know that’s the worst feeling for a nail blogger when your nail breaks

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