No broken hearts here to mend… just a broken nail. On the other hand, I did feel my heart breaking slightly when I noticed that crack in my nail. The downright ironic part of the story is that I was speaking so good of my nails just two days ago, praising the Millionails base coat for making my nails rock-hard and less prone to breakage. I guess they have now simply reached that certain length where they get more prone to breakage as they grow on. I feel like nails tend to break on you when you really aren’t ready for it. I spent yesterday evening at the gym where the tragic event most certainly happened. I remained unaware of it until I got home.
If you just aren’t ready to part with your nail because of a tiny crack, read on to find out more about this amazing method of repairing that one unhappy nail. May the internet be blessed for all the amazing things it has spread throughout the world.
You start off by removing your old nail polish and preparing your nail for the mending process. If your crack is bumpy, use a fine nail file to make the surface of your nailbed smooth. Then, get a pair of scissors, a tea bag and some super glue. I am using Essence’s Fix it! nail glue, which is nothing but a super glue that comes with a brush.
Using the scissors, cut out a small piece of the tea bag large enough to cover the crack on your nail. By cutting at the top of the tea bag instead of the side, you can still use the bag to make tea normally.
Cover the crack with one layer of the tea bag textile and put a generous amount of super glue. You don’t have to worry about bumps, because we are going to file away the excess glue later and cut off the excess textile later. What you want to focus on is getting enough glue on your crack and letting it dry. Super glue is temperature sensitive and hardens quicker under air flow. Use your warm breath to make it dry more quickly (the breath you use to warm up your hands in the winter).
In a few minutes, when you are sure that the glue is dry, cut away the excess fabric and use a fine nail file to smooth down any bumps from the glue. Don’t go overboard as you don’t want to file away the fabric! Once you have a smooth enough texture, paint your nails like you normally would. I used a base coat and two coats of color nail polish and voilà – my nail looked like nothing had ever happened to it and the damaged spot was rock-hard.