An Introduction to Teabagging: Nail Repair Method

By | March 17, 2013

So, the worst possible thing has happened. You broke a nail. Ok, maybe it’s not THAT bad, but it can be pretty darn annoying! But, never fear, thanks to a regular old teabag, not all hope is lost!

That’s not a fun break, and if not fixed, it would break off eventually by itself. To fix this, all you need are the following items:

– Nail file- Nail glue (you can buy this at chemists, supermarkets, beauty stores like Priceline etc)- Scissors- A teabag (any old one, just make sure you get all the tea out first)- A buffing block if you have one, if not, a very fine grit (smooth) nail file will work too

1. Empty the teabag, and cut a piece out of it big enough to easily cover your break and have a little excess just to keep it strong and secure. Fit it to your nail. My break was quite far along the nail, which is why my teabag piece is so big.

2. Glue the teabag on. If you need a smaller piece, using tweezers may be a good idea to place the teabag on the glue, or you may get stuck!

3. Let the glue dry thoroughly. Trim any over hanging bits of teabag and add another layer of glue.

This picture is two dried layers of glue. You really want to make sure it is dry before moving on. It’s shouldn’t take long to dry, most nail glues do dry quite quickly.

4. Now that your glue has dried, you can see how much buffing/filing you’ll need to do. As you can see here, there’s a slight ‘bump’ on my nail that shows where the teabag is. That needs to be smoothed. So take your buffer/file and being very careful to avoid damage to your nail, file/buff it down. This may take a while, so don’t worry if it does take you some time to do it.

It’s much smoother once filed. It will keep its strength after filing, and you’re now almost done!

5. Polish! I used China Glaze For Audrey (2 coats) and it is nice and smooth!

Some important info:- Be very careful with your nail glue. If you spill it on cotton, it could ignite. It will most likely get very hot, and steam a bit. – This method will, of course, work differently for everyone. It all comes down to body chemistry.- If you want to remove your patch, just soak your nail in acetone – the foil method will work. – If you want to make your patch last, use a non-acetone polish remover in between polish changes.

Happy polishing!

Bec is a qualified Nail Tech and is studying to be a Beauty Therapist. She can be found over at LacquerDreams, or playing pokemon.

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