Tutorial: How to fix a broken finger nail!

FAQ: What type of fabric are you using?

So many have been asking me what type of fabric I’m using in this tutorial – it’s just a piece of normal fabric, an old t-shirt would do. I use a stretchy type of fabric here, much like bikini fabric, just because it’s thinner than regular cotton fabric but ANY type of fabric will do, really.

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  1. I do similar thing by cutting little piece off a new tea bag. I glue it on with clear nail polish then put clear polish over that when dry.

    • I use a tea bag also but for sure use nail glue not clear polish. My repairs last for weeks! In fact it’s almost impossible to remove the glue unless you soak it with acetone so might as well let the break grow out, file it when it’s long enough, meanwhile change up your nail polish colors like you normally would. Maybe buff the repair in between, put more base coat on, nail color, Voila! My page on facebook is called Nice Nails Nanna

    • I use tea bag paper. Tear off a piece to cover the nail tear/break. I use clear polish to seal. So thin there is no ridge.

  2. I learned years and years ago that you use a cotton ball..pull off super thin pieces and gently thread them into the tear/break in the nail until you have “filled” it across the tear, then use the super glue and after it dries, cut back the hanging threads of cotton and gently file it smooth.

  3. I’ve used this technique with paper from an unused teabag. The unbleached ones are great, as they hardly show at all when they’re finished.

  4. Silk screen fabric, used by printers is a fabric that has worked well for me. It is a very thin, very strong woven nylon. People who stretch their own screens always have offcuts and a handful lasts ages. I’ve only ever used a clear nail polish, nail glue sounds like a better product. Thank you for that suggestion, I’m sure it will be longer lasting than the polish which I had to redo every few days.

  5. Superbra tutorial!
    Fick en idé när du skrev “stretchy fabric”, kanske att typ strumpbyxor kunde funka?? Måste prova nästa gång :)

  6. I used your tutorial with a tea bag and it worked great, but I think next time I will try fabric. The tea bag started to lift a bit after a week. I have a feeling fabric might ave held better. Love your blog! :)

    • That’s the reason why I experimented with fabric! The tea bag cracked eventually for me, and I got sick of it and thought that maybe fabric, that has much more cross lying fibers, would work better and I think it does. Glad you like it! :)

  7. For those not wanting to use something like an old t-shirt or other cloth you can substitute it for a tea bag (empty the tea bag out of it’s contents), coffee filter or at buy at a beauty supply store a product called Fiberglass Wrap.

    For those with weak nails I would recommend getting a fiberglass base coat which helps strengthen the nail as well.

    • Sorry if I offended you by writing that but I have this tutorial up on more places than here (Pinterest and Beautylish) and have must have explained about the fabric about 25 times already, I’ve even received emails asking about it. And I guess I’ll change the FAQ so I don’t offend more people…

      • You explained everything thoroughly, so you shouldn’t have to repeat everything and explain it again. I think it was rude of the person to tell you that you were being rude. I see this all the time when I’m reading posts. People don’t read the post thoroughly and then they ask questions the needn’t be asked, if they had just read the post. I used to do nails professionally, and you could not have made this any clearer. Good job!

  8. I LOVE your tutorials! I like how simple and easy to follow they are, and the bit of fun you add to them! I’m curious after seeing all of these comments in Swedish (the wonders of Google Translate!), is English your second language? I find world culture fascinating, and and am curious about what made you decide to take on another language. I can’t wait to try out all of the things you post, I’m sure they’ll be a huge lifesaver!! ;-)

    • Yes, English is my second language – most kids in Sweden start with English in school at around 8 or 9 years old. On top of that, Swedish is such a small language that we don’t ever dub movies or TV-shows (unless they’re kids’ movies/shows) so English is a very natural part of our lives. That, and my husband is South African :)

      I’m really glad you like my tutorials, I hope they’re helpful to you :)

  9. Super bra tips! Jag provade det igår istället för att klippa ner min nagel. Jag körde på kompress tyg och istället för lim så tog jag bara baslack och byggde upp några lager, men lim fungerar säket bättre. Det var lite pilligt men funkade skitbra! Tack för ett så bra tips, du gör ett så bra jobb!! :)

    • Jag kan tänka mig att kompresser funkar bra också, men lim fungerar bättre mest för att det inte försvinner när man tar bort nagellacket, men annars är det säkert någorlunda lika.

    • Yeah, they would probably have fabrics, or just a plain fabric store. Any type of fabric would do, if you have an old t-shirt or something! It doesn’t have to be stretchy, it’s just that stretchy fabrics are usually thinner that non-stretchy ones and therefore less to file down :)

  10. Grymt bra tutorial, jag går hemma och oroar mig för vinterns kyla och mina naglar går ALLTID av längst in. Tusen tack, men jag förstod inte riktigt det där med tygen, på bilderna såg det ut som bubbelplast men förstår att det inte var det du använde..

    Kram!

    • Tack så mycket :) ja, det är det värsta när de går av där!

      Tygbiten är bara en liten liten bit av ett tyg som påminner lite om baddräktstyg, om du vet vad jag menar? Men vilket tunnt tyg som helst borde gå precis lika bra. Ett vanligt typ t-shirttyg går säker jättebra det med, bara att det är lite tjockare och då lite mer att fila bort bara. Du får nog testa dig fram lite grann :)

  11. Thank you so much for this post! My mom’s nails are spliting downt he middle (GASP!!) and I used a nail sticker with 3 layers of hardening top coat but it didn’t work! It’s so sad seeing my mom’s beautiful nails break like that. I think I’ll try this method tonight! Fingers crossed!! =D

    • Vad kul att du tycker det! Jag har sett så många snygga tutorials på nätet men har aldrig riktigt vågat mig på det (förutom med eldnaglarna som en tjej tjatade sig till… och se hur snygg den blev liksom…) men tänkte nu när jag hade gjort mig illa att jag ändå skulle försöka. :)

  12. Åh, vilket guldtips! Tusen tack för detta! Mina naglar går jätteofta sönder precis sådär och blir lika ledsen varje gång när en lång nagel måste filas ner till nästan inget, no more!

    • Det var så lite så! Tänk bara på att om du använder aceton eller borttagning för vanliga naglar behöver du fylla på med nagellim och polera ner lite då och då, eftersom limmet löses upp av aceton :)

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