Don’t Cry Over Broken Nails: Fix Them With This Tutorial

A few weeks ago, I was in the kitchen mashing garlic potatoes for a tasty dinner when–all of a sudden–I experienced the traumatic event that is breaking a nail. Based on my reaction and mad dash to the bathroom, my husband thought I’d seriously injured myself. My body was fine. My nail was not.

Now, most men (and some women) don’t understand the significance of a broken nail; they don’t get how disheartening and frustrating it can be. You spend weeks growing those things out, keeping them all the same length, filing them so they don’t snag. So when a nail breaks, one goes through a sort of grieving process.

All melodrama aside, a broken nail is seriously no fun. Fortunately, there is a little trick you can perform to save your broken nail. While it’s a short-term fix, this emergency nail surgery can at least get you through the weekend should you have a big date or event coming up.

Quick Fixes for Broken Nails

Behold: the tea bag fix for broken nails. You’ll need scissors, an empty tea bag and clear nail polish.

Step 1: Cut Tea Bag Down

Cut Tea Bag Down

Cut a piece from your tea bag that is big enough to go over the crack/snag of your broken nail. I usually demolish an unused tea bag and then save the tea for my loose-leaf tea ball.

Step 2: Apply Clear Nail Polish

Apply Clear Nail Polish

Apply a thick coat of clear nail polish over the broken or snagging nail. At least part of the nail must still be attached for this to work.

Sidebar: Can we please just talk about how awesome that nail polish is for a second? That’s Layla Hologram Effect Nail Polish in Retro Pink. Amazing, right? When you step out into the sun with this polish on, you feel like a real live fairy emitting shimmery goodness out of your fingertips.



Wendy is a freelance writer who lives in Phoenix. Wendy's specialty is fashion and beauty and her work can be found both online and in print. She's written for myriad publications and blogs, including Glamour Magazine, Yahoo! Shine, Tyra Banks', the Huffington Post,, She also serves as Style Editor at AOL Shopping. She believes that every day should be a good hair day and that you should never leave the house without a fabulous pair of shoes.