I often get small chips in my nails and they aren't hard to file down. But occasionally, I get one of those deep tears that makes me cringe. I know that if I don't take care of it somehow it's going to rip... and when it does, it's going to be ugly. So I have found a repair method that works wonders! It let's me grow my nail out to a decent length without babying it.
This idea isn't mine to claim, but I do want to share it with you. I learned the tip from Nails by Ms. Lizard. Where she learned it, I just don't know. I just had to do this last night when I spied one of those deep tears on my ring finger. So let's get right into it.
You can see the start of a deep tear on the side of my nail.
So I grabbed a tea bag and a pair of scissors.
I snipped of the end of the bag and emptied the tea out of the bag. Then I cut a small square piece from the bag and grabbed the nail glue. Brush on nail glue works best. You can use the other kind, but it isn't as easy.
I applied a thin layer of nail glue to the entire side of the nail. Don't be afraid to cover a good portion of your nail with glue.
I placed the square piece of tea bag over the tear in the nail and tried to get it as close to the edge of the nail as possible. Once it grows out a bit I will actually put glue underneath the nail and wrap the tea bag around to reinforce it even more.
Take the brush from the nail glue and add glue underneath any loose edges. After I was comfortable that I had glue where I wanted it, I used an old concealer brush to press the tea bag down and brush any bubbles out. Reapply nail glue over the entire top of the tea bag piece.
I let it dry and then buffed the surface to get rid of any lumps or bumps. That's it! Apply nail polish and you have a reinforced nail with minimal cost! You can't really tell it's even there. There is a bit of glue residue near the cuticle area; but it will wear off soon. This will last for a few polish applications. It doesn't last very long for me, but with all the swatching I do, I'm not surprised. The type of remover you use will also play a part in the longevity of the repair. Acetone based remover is harsher.
I hope this tip helps you... and your tips!