I’m sure it’s happened to all of us. It’s always at the most inopportune moment when you break your nails, isn’t it? We were minding our business – maybe running our fingers through our hair, fighting with our zipper, trying to catch something – and WHAM! You hit your nail against an object or it gets stuck and breaks/rips. The horror! What can you do to fix it and prevent any more damage? I’ll tell you.
- DO NOT PICK AT THE DAMAGE! I am guilty of this. There’s just something compulsory in my brain that will not allow any ragged thing to be on anything that’s supposed to be smooth about my body (pimples, broken nails, scabs, dry skin, etc.) I immediately try to pick off the rough parts, but this only creates more damage.
- As soon as you can, get some clippers or nail scissors and trim as much as you need to to remove the ragged ares (this is for if the edge of the nail is what is damaged – not if the damage extends down to the tender, fleshy part of your nail bed!)
- If your nails don’t break cleanly but peel like mine do, invest in a buffer block or file that has four sides that are supposed to be used in sequence to smooth and buff the nail, removing raggedness and evening out your nail if a layer or two has peeled off. I HIGHLY recommend this one. (This is an affiliate link; at no additional cost to you, I will receive a small commission if you decide to purchase via this link. See my Disclosure Policy.) This nifty little tool has saved me from many horrible broken nail moments. This will even help smooth out breaks that are over the nail bed!
- PROTECT YOUR NAIL! As soon as you trim it and smooth it as much as you can, you’ll want to put some nail strengthener on it (and all of your nails for good measure). My absolute favorite nail strengthener is the OPI Nail Envy Original Formula! (Another affiliate link! Trust me, if I didn’t use these products myself and trust them and absolutely love them, you wouldn’t even see a link here.) Not only does it protect your nails, but it will fill in any gouges or ruts that a break in the nail can cause.
- The only thing you can do now is wait for your nail to grow back out to what it was when it broke. It may take time, but I find that as long as I have my nails protected with the Nail Envy, they grow amazingly fast.
Sometimes, you break your nails on the things that you would never imagine would ever do any damage to your nails. Perhaps they were too dry, too cold, already damaged? Whichever the case, now you know how to live on after your break your nails and how to keep it from driving you absolutely crazy like it does me.
For the nail care regimen that I use to prevent my nails from breaking, check out the video below about my dry, damaged nail routine.
Thanks for reading!
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