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How to Fix a Broken Nail: Step-by-Step Guide With Photos

Here's Exactly How to Fix a Broken a Nail

How to Fix a Broken Nail: Step-by-Step Guide With Photos
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  • Knowing how to fix a broken nail is a valuable skill.
  • If you broke a nail, there's a way to salvage it without needing to cut all the others.
  • This step-by-step guide will walk you through what to do to fix a broken nail.

We know there are much worse things in life than breaking a nail, but a bad split can be painful — both emotionally and physically. Not only does it ruin your manicure (which you probably spent good money on), but it can be an agonizing feeling. For instance, in some cases, there's no way to remove the broken part without exposing your nail bed. Ouch. Fortunately, if you find yourself in a position where you broke a nail, it's not hopeless.

There's a pretty simple way to fix a broken nail — it just takes a few tricks. Since our enamel, aka our fingernails, can't heal itself like skin, your best bet is to keep the split nail from snagging while it grows out. If you don't want to walk around with a bandage on your finger, we're sharing a step-by-step tutorial for patching up the tip to keep the broken nail as intact as possible. First, here's a list of the items you'll need: clear nail polish, nail clippers, a nail file, scissors, an empty tea bag or coffee filter, and colored nail polish.

How to Fix a Broken Nail

Keep reading for a handy step-by-step guide to fixing a broken nail.

— Additional reporting by Allison Ingrum

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