We’ve all been there and broken a nail or two, regardless of how careful we’ve been. Upkeeping nails and having them look their best can be a challenge since manicure mishaps are bound to happen.
We all know how undeniably annoying or inconvenient broken nails can be when you’re constantly worrying about how your daily activities might make them worse.
Sure, we can still head down to the nail salon and have our local manicurist fix it for us by suggesting to use overlays on your nails, but sometimes piling on a thick layer of gel or acrylic may not be the best solution.
And cutting all of your nails short may ruin your plans of flaunting perfectly trimmed long nails.
Don’t reach for your nail cutter just yet, because we’re spilling the tea (bag) on how you can easily mend your broken nails at home!
The tea bag hack to fix your broken nails
There’s nothing better than getting tips and tricks from the pros themselves. Dubbed “the classic nail hack that always works” by celebrity manicurist Betina R. Goldstein, a tea bag and nail glue is all you need to banish your nail woes.
Start off by buffing the split so that it’s flush with your nail and there are no sharp edges sticking out.
Next, cut a small piece of tea bag that’s big enough to cover the area around the broken part. Be sure to use an unused tea bag!
Apply your selected nail glue to your nail and put a little extra on the split.
Then, put the piece of tea bag above. For a more precise placement and less mess, use a pair of tweezers.
Add more nail glue to saturate the piece of tea bag on your nail. Use said tweezers or a tool to set the tea bag in place, making sure that it’s completely covered.
Here, Betina uses a nail paddle from Navy Professional to wrap the tea bag around the split.
Let the nail glue dry fully till it feels hard to the touch before you start buffing over the glue. This will smooth out the edges and any roughness so that it blends well with your nail bed. Make sure you don’t over-buff!
Dust your nail and apply a base coat, nail hardener, coat of polish, or all of the above. To ensure it stays in place, Bettina uses a coat of gel and a no-wipe top coat.
Repeat the steps until your nail grows out to the desired length and you can safely cut off the affected area.
Best nail glues to fix broken nails
Beauty Secrets Drip & Clog Proof Nail Glue
This nail glue’s formula is vegan and free of sulfates, silicones, and paraben. It bonds quickly and has a clever applicator that prevents accidental spills or drips.
Beauty Secrets Drip & Clog Proof Nail Glue retails for about RM37.10 on eBay.
Elegant Touch Brush on Nail Glue
If squeezy tubes deter you from using nail glues, opt for this nail glue that has a mess-free brush applicator.
Its adhesive formula ensures even coverage and dries within four seconds. Providing an extra-durable hold, it’s also great for glueing on artificial press-on nails.
Elegant Touch Brush on Nail Glue retails for RM18 on LOOKFANTASTIC.
Kiss Pink Gel Nail Glue
If Miss Betina uses this brand’s nail glue, you know that it’s an excellent nail glue option.
With superior holding power, the Kiss Pink Gel Nail Glue instantly bonds both natural and artificial nails. That means you can fix your broken nail extensions too!
This glue also sets in seconds and holds firm for extra-long wearing. You can even use it for nail art decorations.
Kiss Pink Gel Nail Glue retails for RM59 instead of RM62 on Ubuy.
Kiss Powerflex Maximum Speed Nail Glue
Another blessing from Kiss, the Powerflex Maximum Speed Nail Glue is patented with the PowerFlex technology and delivers a secure, long-lasting hold.
It dries in three seconds, which will be perfect for busy ladies in need of a super quick fix. However, do be mindful that since it dries this quickly, the nail glue isn’t recommended for novices.
Kiss Powerflex Maximum Speed Nail Glue retails for RM16.50 on LOOKFANTASTIC.
Nailene Ultra Quick Nail Glue
Raved as one of the top nail glues, Nailene’s Ultra Quick Nail Glue dries incredibly quickly (in five seconds or less) and keeps your nails in place for at least two weeks.
Some reviewers shared how powerful the nail glue is with it lasting through activities like dishwashing.
Nailene Ultra Quick Nail Glue retails for S$9.91 instead of RM58.42 on Amazon.
Feature image credit: @denasnails/TikTok, @betina_goldstein/Instagram