Well, there are still options!
My nails break quite a bit. With the research that I do at school, I have to wear gloves a lot. Sure, they protect my hands, but wearing gloves for a long period of time can really take a toll on your nails... I've been using a fortifying base coat (nailTek II) and that does help but I still get breaks once in a while. So I've been looking at some products to help me seal these breaks in order to be able to grow them out!
What you have to do with this product is apply 2 thin coats. It can apparently be used a strengthener but I used it to seal some peeling nails.
After I applied this, my break was smooth. I put some polish over it and called it a day. An hour or so later, I noticed that my broken nail was once again poking up. So I took my polish off and reapplied the Miracle Nail Fix. Again, it didn't last more than an hour.
Final verdict- it's hard to believe in anything called "miracle". I would only use this as a last resort.
Next we have SuperNail nail bandages. Available at Sally's as well for $4.99.
The box comes with 3 sticker sheets and a small buffer. Each sheet has 2 large, 4 medium, and 4 small (2 thin and 2 wide) stickers.
these things are super easy to work with. Just find the right size sticker, buff off any sharp edge, and put it on.
For this break, I used a small wide sticker.
Final verdict- I would definitely use these again, especially if I am out or on vacation and break a nail. They are a temporary fix, but a pretty good one. It keeps the broken part from getting stuck in my hair in the shower or my clothes which keeps it from breaking further.
This kit offers a stronger repair then the ones previously mentioned but it does require upkeep.
The kit comes with a bottle of brush-on glue, a little pot of acrylic powder, and a small buffer. You apply the glue over and around your break, then quickly dip your nail into the acrylic. This will set almost instantly. When you take your nail out, it will be covered in powder, so just brush away the excess and you will be left with a little blob of acrylic where you applied the glue. Using the provided buffer (or your own if you prefer), smooth down the blob.
If you use the one they provide, it will stay slightly gritty so you will want to cover it with an extra layer of base coat. I use my own buffer to really smooth it down. I like to use the buffers that make your nails shiny. You guys know what I'm talking about? It's usually grey and really soft and makes your nails really shine without topcoat. Anyhow, I use that to really make the blob smooth and this keeps it from absorbing my nail polish.
Final verdict- If you have the time, this kit is really worth it. You will have to sand off the blob and reapply a new one every once in a while because the break might actually break through this thin acrylic. For around $8, you will get a lot of use out of this kit. It can also fix any deep dents you have in your nails.
This is my go-to nail fix for the moment.
I had this done on my trip to Florida. My poor thumb nail broke on both sides! and one side was much too low for me to think about cutting it down. Since I was not at home and did not have my handy Orly Nail Fix kit, I found a nearby salon who could do it for me :) She buffed down my nail a bit and applied a relatively thin coat of acrylic over my entire nail.
|"Relatively" thin coat...|
Final verdict- this is great for really bad nail breaks. It lasts a long time and requires no up keep :D
it is however, a pain in the butt to take off. This is something I would do again if I am out of town for a long time and suffer a pretty bad break. I wouldn't do this for smaller breaks, or if I had easy access to my Orly Nail Fix.
So that's it. There are other At-Home nail fix remedies but I have not tried anything else at the moment. If I ever come across a true miracle nail fix, Ill be sure to let you guys know.
How do you fix your nails?
Until next time ^_^