Broken Nail? Don't Fret, You Can Fix It At Home

Fixing a broken nail can sometimes seem as impossible and daunting as fixing a broken car. But nails don’t even come with an instruction manual. 

There are more than a few good tips for fixing a broken nail, though. You just have to get a little creative. Some of the products you already have at home can actually help repair cracks and other fingertip mishaps that occur because of daily wear and tear. Straightforward repair methods involve nail glue and nail gel, but there are out-of-the-box ideas that involve surprising items, like tea bags and coffee filters. Even if you haven't heard of them, these methods work. No more broken nails for you; you can worry about fun things, like which nail art designs to pick next.

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  • The Tea Bag Method

    The Tea Bag Method
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    This broken nail fix is life-changing. The next time you snag or rip a nail, just grab a file, a tea bag, nail glue, and clear polish. 

    File your nail just a bit to even out the area around the tear. Then, trim your tea bag (a coffee filter could work here, too) into a small patch. Apply a dot of nail glue to the tear, and cover the broken nail with the tea bag patch. Let the area dry, and cover it with a coat of clear polish. That's it!

  • The Silk Wrap Method

    The Silk Wrap Method
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    Want to fix your nail the right way? Then you'll need a silk nail wrap. Simply wrap the broken nail (it's a good idea to buff it first) with a silk wrap, and cover it in a clear coat of polish. 

    Pro tip: Invest in silk nail wraps that have adhesive glue on one side to make the repair process that much easier!

  • The Silk And Resin Method

    If your nail is less broken and more completely torn off, then this is the nail hack for you. You'll need resin, a roll of nail silk, a pair of tweezers, and the broken piece of your nail, of course! 

    Cut a piece of silk, and place it on your nail. Then, brush it with a coat of resin before using tweezers to carefully and quickly place the broken portion of your nail onto the silk (the resin dries super-fast). Ta-da!

  • The Nail Glue Method

    The Nail Glue Method
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    You don't need to go crazy repairing a ripped nail. All you really need to get the job done is a bit of nail glue, especially if the tear isn't too bad. After buffing the torn area and creating a smooth canvas, dip a bit of nail glue on the break and hold the torn pieces of your nail in place until the glue dries. Then, buff the area once more to even out any rough edges. 

  • The Silk-Reinforced Gel Overlay Method

    The Silk-Reinforced Gel Overlay Method
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    You can always repair your broken nails with a tea bag, coffee filter, or silk patch if you need a quick fix, but those methods are not without their faults. None of those materials are resistant to acetone, so when you remove your nail polish, your nail will break all over again. Want an easy way to counteract that? Set your silk wrap with a coat of UV gel polish, which is acetone-resistant.

  • The Gel Method

    The Gel Method
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    You can actually do a lot with just a few coats of nail gel, like Light-Less Gel. If the tip of your nail has completely separated, first coat the tip of your existing nail with nail gel, then place the broken portion back on top. Coat the entire nail with gel; flip your hand; and coat the inside with gel, too. Once everything dries, your hands will be in tip-top shape!