Great. Not only did I just break a nail and have to cut down all of my others, now my thumbnail has split! Why does this happen? Well, I know why. I hadn't filed the sides of my nail good enough so every time I snagged it on something it would give little-by-little.
I'll try to keep it well polished but one of these days it is going to rip far enough that I will have to cut it. It is going to be so ugly! :(
three words (followed by many more): Orly Nail Rescue! Get it at Sally or online somewhere, get it now! You'll be so glad you did. Better than a patch. Way Way better IMO. You paint a little of the glue (thinly) over the tear or break area...then dip your nail into the powder provided...Buff a little to smoo2th and viola'! I saved broken nail that way...and it held for 2 weeks of manicures (almost daily changes) with acetone based remover. By then, it was mostly gone and I just redid the repair. This stuff is fantastic!
I'm so sorry for you! I had to gel on my nail tip when I broke it a couple of months ago. Just now it's grown back to "normal" length. For tears I find that glittery polish helps to shelter it as it is thick. Glitter stays on better than ordinary polish too so the nail don't have to suffer from the polish remover that often and won't start to split as easily. Love your pics, keep it up :)
I did a tutorial a while ago on using silk wraps + glue to patch my nails, I have to admit at my worst I had 7 of my nails patched because I didn't want to hack them down to short nubbins. I eventually got sick of maintaining that many, but right now I'm wearing 3 (both thumbs & right index). Especially when they tear so low like yours, it helps them grow out at least to the point you can trim them down painlessly.
Oh no! Keeping it polished is a good idea. I used Nubar Nail Weaver to keep a couple pinky splits together that were on the nail bed. It worked until they were almost grown out, but both broke in a painful way. I hope yours doesn't painfully break!!!
patch=silk patches, pretty much. I got (stole) the idea from Collete's post about it that she mentioned above, and it is a godsend. I have also tried Orly Nail Rescue, and I didn't like it nearly as much, actually. It was much more difficult to get smooth and thin and even, and it seemed to crack more than the patches.
I actually just did a silk wrap on all of my nails because alot of them were getting to the point that they looked like they were going to tear. Yeah, the upkeep isn't super fun, but mine have been holding up for two weeks with daily polish changes and acetone remover. I prefer silk because my nails don't get super dry from them... and they still look perfectly natural... It takes a little practice, but its so worth it!
Number one, I feel your pain, as I am recovering from the second nasty split like this in the past 6 months (same spot on the same nail as well...). In the end you just have to wait it out unfortunately.
Number two, HOW have I missed your blog up until now!? Your photos are AMAZING and your creativity and skills put most others to shame. Well done, I have subscribed and look forward to plenty more awesome NOTDs!
NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO is one of the most horrible things that could ever happen!
Trinca-Espinhas - I haven't really had any time to try and fix my thumb nail... I'm just keeping it well polished and hoping it doesn't snag on anything! Mine splits so low because there must be too much pressure on that spot when my nail bends... Good luck with your nail break!
U should def. try the Orly nail rescue. It dries immediately and it works great. i put it on my whole nail and i did'nt have to worry about it further breaking or cracking. ITS THE BEST THING EVER!! the nail just grows out and it comes off with regular nail polish remover. No weakening or damaged nails
I've had good luck with +nailaid 5in1 Total Clear Liquid Bandage. You can get it online for less than $4 (if you get 2 S&H is free), it's a lot less labor intensive than anything listed above, it's nothing like super glue and I've been able to nurse cracks for weeks until they grow out enough you can file them down without being left with nubbins.
Thanks for stopping by! Feel free to leave a comment. I appreciate each and every one of them! Also, don't forget to check out my links above. There you'll find a section about me, my complete list of OPI (including photos!), and other important information. Enjoy :)