People might think that breaking a nail isn’t a big deal, either because it doesn’t really hurt or because they eventually grow back. But everyone knows the emotional pain that comes with it, especially if you spend months growing them, buffing them, filing them and taking supplements so they grow long and strong. Our automatic response to seeing that we broke a nail is to remove it and ignore it as it slowly grows to catch up with its other finger-sisters.
There’s a better solution, and it lets you keep your nail while making it look like nothing ever happened! In a handy video tutorial, Revelist shows us exactly how to do it. All you need is a tea bag, scissors, nail glue, clear nail polish, a nail file and a buffer. You should already have most of these items at home, and if you don’t, they’re pretty cheap at any drug store.
First, you start with clean nails by removing all nail polish, haywire cuticles and gently buffing the surface of your clean nails. Then, prepare the tea bag by emptying all the contents and saving just the bag. Cut a strip of the tea bag that matches the width of your nail and exceeds the length of it by at least one inch. You can cut it a bit longer just to err on the side of caution.
This is where the fixing part begins. Apply a thin layer of nail glue on the entire surface of your broken nail, then use a pair of tweezers to carefully apply the tea bag strip that you cut earlier. The teabag strip should be covering about half of your nail or a third of the way down. Let it dry for a few minutes before you move onto the next part.