So You Broke a Nail? Here's Exactly How to Fix It

Annie Tomlin

There are much worse things in life than breaking a nail, but a bad split can be painful. Plus, in some cases, there's no way to remove the broken part without exposing your nail bed. Fortunately, there's a pretty simple way to repair your nail - it just takes a few tricks. Since our enamel can't heal itself, 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, try doing this to keep the broken nail as intact as possible.

What You'll Need:

  • Clear nail polish

  • Nail clippers

  • Nail file

  • Scissors

  • One tea bag emptied of the tea or a coffee filter

  • Colored nail polish (optional)

Once you've gathered all your tools, keep reading ahead for a handy, step-by-step guide to ensuring your broken nail won't see any more damage.

- Additional reporting by Allison Ingrum

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