How to fix a split nail with a tea bag

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How to fix a split nail with a tea bag
Sanding the dried nails smooths out wrinkles after applying the tea bag. (Jupiterimages/ Images)

Split nails ruin a good manicure and you have to cut the nail down to stop it from splitting further. The tea bag method prevents further splitting on the nail and restores its original appearance for several more weeks. All you need is a common tea bag, the kind which are found in grocery stores, and nail glue.

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Things you need

  • Empty tea bag
  • Pencil
  • Scissors
  • Nail glue
  • Nail file, medium grit
  • Clear nail polish
  • Colour nail polish

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  1. 1

    Cut the top off of an unused tea bag. Pour out the tea. Split open the tea bag along the sides to lay it flat.

  2. 2

    Make a tracing of your nail bed onto the tea bag. Pay extra attention to the curve of your nail along the cuticle. Cut out the tracing in the shape of your split nail. Leave the tracing a little too long. You'll cut away excess later.

  3. 3

    Clean your split nail with a little bit of rubbing alcohol. This removes dirt and oils from the nail.

  4. 4

    Cover the entire split nail with nail glue. Apply the glue directly to your nail with an applicator brush.

  5. 5

    Press the tea bag cutout over your nail. Gently smooth it out, but do not press so hard that you tear the paper or further break the nail. If needed, place cling film on top and use it as a barrier between your other hand and the glue when smoothing out the tea bag paper. You won't remove all of the bumps and folds, but do cover the entire nail.

  6. 6

    Apply another layer of nail glue on top of the tea bag paper. Allow the nail glue to dry.

  7. 7

    Trim the excess paper away from the tip of the nail and around the cuticle.

  8. 8

    Sand down the bumps and folds with a medium grit nail file. Don't completely remove the glue via sanding; just lightly smooth it out.

  9. 9

    Apply a clear coat of nail polish or base coat of polish. Let dry. If you want, apply another layer of coloured nail polish on top. Allow to dry.

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