Nails usually break at the most inopportune times, especially if they are long. The longer the manicure, the more likely it is to break the nail. What if you don’t want to cut off your long-growing nails? 9 life hacks for those who have broken a nail, but do not want to part with the length.
Proper removal of the coating
If you break a nail covered with gel polish, do not rush to cut it off with nippers: first make sure that only the regrown part has broken off and the nail bed is not injured. Sometimes it happens that even if the plate under the coating is damaged, this is not felt. So be sure to remove the cover to see what’s underneath.
Remember that in the event of a breakdown, you cannot remove the coating in the usual technique, since the cutter will cling to the crack and can only aggravate the situation. When removing, the cutter must be driven strictly along the crack in order to remove the material smoothly, without touching the crack with the cutter. After removal, you can carefully cut off the broken nail with nippers.
If you feel uncomfortable when removing, use a blue-knurled (medium) or even red-knurled (softest) burr to reduce vibration.
If the regrown part broke, you cut it off, but you want to keep the length of the manicure, then the only way is to build it up. Extensions can be done with top or paper molds, no molds, or using thick material to lengthen the free edge. It can be a polygel — it keeps its shape well and does not spread, but due to its plasticity it can peel off. It may also be a solid gel, such as a jelly gel or reinforcing gel.
You can also use fiberglass (fiberglass). Fiberglass does not require paper forms to model the form, so it cannot be called a universal method, but the technique is much faster and easier than usual with forms. The technique is also good because the nails look very natural and natural.
The technique is simple: first, a base is applied, then blanks are made from the fibers, evenly rolling the villi into a thin layer, for example, with an orange stick, then gel is applied to that part of the plate where the fibers will be, and then the fibers are laid out, melting them into the gel. The workpiece is placed overlapping with growth points with a margin so that the natural nail does not break during growth. It is important that the workpiece completely covers the nails from the side — the stiffening rib will strengthen the nails and prevent them from breaking. Next, the fibers are sealed with gel, the excess is cut off, and the nails are dried.
The obvious and biggest disadvantage of fiberglass is that they cannot correct the shape, for example, a pecking tip or upward growing nails, as they do with paper forms. Therefore, this method is only suitable for smooth nails.
If the crack is deeper and it is impossible to cut off the free part, then it is possible to make repairs with acrygel. Remove the old coating, but try not to saw through the damaged part so as not to injure it even more. However, if there are detachments, they must be carefully removed so that the acrygel reinforcement holds well.
Apply the base and lay out the acrygel. If the rest of your nails are manicured with gel polish, then use additional material to even out the thickness of the nails. It can be silk, a base with reinforcing fibers, or even ordinary cotton wool.
Polygel (either thick gel or base with acrylic powder) will help to cope with a small crack on the free tip of the nail. A small amount of polygel is applied to the crack site, it is pressed down well with a wet brush and distributed over the nail plate. Do not lay out a lot of material, otherwise it will flake off in the future. Next, the material is dried. After such a repair, you can begin to level the nail plate.
Please note that this method only works for small cracks. If the crack is half the nail, then the material will no longer hold it. In this case, the nail is cut off and an extension is made, or fiberglass is used.
Sealing a crack with fiberglass
Fiberglass plays the role of a reinforcing material that holds back the crack, sealing it and preventing it from spreading. Apply a base to the nail, cut out the required amount of material and apply it to the area with a crack. Cover with base and dry.
When a chip occurs at the corner, you can make sawdust by rounding the tips. But if you want to keep the shape of a square, then you can use a thick gel to restore a broken corner. In this case, not a polygel, but a thick gel is more suitable, since the first one will fall under the nail and will have to be cut out.
Spread a pea of thick gel with a brush over the chipped area and pull out the corner. Dry and remove the sticky layer. Next, make a sawdust to shape the free edge and align the nail with the base.
Restoration of sawn side walls
Sawn side walls are the most common mistake when filing almond and square nail shapes. The side walls thin, break, crumble. Due to the characteristic steps that appear due to the cutting of the walls, such a manicure feels uncomfortable on the nails, since the walls cling to everything, which can lead to painful damage to the nail.
Polygel can be used to restore the side walls. Lay a small pea of the material on the side and with a damp brush (soaked in a degreaser) pull it out so as to form a wall. Reduce the border with trampling movements of the brush to nothing. After drying, remove the sticky layer and make sawdust for shaping.
If the nail is broken at the root
A more complex restoration is necessary for a nail that has broken at the root or in the case when the crack has entered the nail bed. If there is no serious damage and pain, then you can immediately do the restoration. The difficulty lies in the formulation of the form. Due to the deep breakage of the nail, it cannot be installed in the standard way, since it goes almost under the lowest layer of the nail plate (hyponychium), and this is an incorrect setting. Therefore, we cut out the shape so as to repeat the bend of the free edge of the nail as accurately as possible. This will avoid a gap between the mold and the plate. Next, you can make a standard extension with acrygel.
Express way with tea bag
If you need to urgently repair the nail, then you can use improvised means, for example, a tea bag and nail glue. Of course, silk for nails would be a better way, but this material is not always at hand. A regular tea bag serves as an alternative to silk. Please note that this method will help you save a broken nail for a short time.
Degrease the nail, grease the crack with glue, put a piece of a tea bag, cover with glue. When it dries, go over the patch with a buff to sand the edges. After that, you can make the design with ordinary varnish.
Ted Lane, dermatologist
— In what case should a doctor be consulted in case of a nail injury?
If you have injured your nail, touch your fingertip to check for sensitivity. If the sensation is preserved, it means that you probably don’t have any nerve damage. In case of loss of sensitivity, it is necessary to consult a specialist. If a lot of blood has accumulated under the nail or the nail matrix is damaged, that is, the living tissue at the base of the nail, then this is also a signal that you need to see a doctor. Damage to the matrix can cause the nail to grow incorrectly.
If the hand turns red, the temperature rises, you feel nausea, then this may be a sign of an infection. Sepsis is extremely dangerous, so seek help.
After a severe injury, the nail may turn black and begin to move away from the nail bed. In this case, do not try to tear it off — it can be gradually cut off, but not torn off, in order to allow the new nail to grow normally. When the blackened nail falls off on its own, protect the sensitive skin of the nail bed with a plaster.