How to Easily Fix a Badly Broken Nail With a Teabag & Some Superglue

by ImGirlYouDontKnow
7 Materials
30 Minutes

It’s just awful when you break a nail. Especially a beautifully manicured one. But it happens. So, here’s a tutorial that will show you some ways of repairing a broken nail using things you already have in your home. Follow these steps and your broken nail will look as good as new!

Tools and materials:

  • Nail glue or superglue
  • Teabag
  • Small brush (for applying glue)
  • Nail file/Nail buffer
  • Base coat
  • Nail polish
  • Top coat
Can you put superglue on a broken nail?

1. Glue your broken nail

Apply superglue or nail glue directly to the break. Hold the broken nail in place where it should be until the glue dries. 

Applying super glue to the broken nail

Then apply another coat of glue, but this time pay special attention to the sides of your nail where the break is. That is the spot that is most likely to be the point of re-breaking.

How to fix a broken nail with a teabag

2. Bandage your broken nail

Cut a small piece of fabric out of a teabag. 

Repairing a broken nail with a teabag

Put some more glue onto the break on your nail and lay the tea bag on top of the glue, like a bandage. 

How to glue back a broken nail

3. More glue!

Apply another layer of glue on top of the teabag bandage to make it fully adhere to your nail. All of this glue will help strengthen the surface of your broken nail in preparation for the next step.

How to fix a badly broken nail

4. Buff and file your nail

Use a nail file to buff the top and file the edges of your nail. All of that glue on your nail means you are actually buffing and filing the glue, and not your damaged, fragile nail directly.

How to fix a broken nail at home

5. Apply polish

First, apply a base coat to your nail. This will give your nail a nice smooth surface. Now you can apply your nail polish and a topcoat.

How to fix a broken nail with a teabag

How to fix a broken nail with a teabag

You may know that you have a broken nail, but with this method of repairing a broken nail with glue and a teabag, no one else will ever know! This broken nail repair is so strong, you’ll be able to do everything you need to with your nails.

Leave a comment to let us know how this broken nail repair tutorial worked for you.

Suggested materials:
  • Nail glue or superglue
  • Teabag
  • Small brush (for applying glue)
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  • Ramona Richardson Ramona Richardson on Jun 22, 2022

    How do you keep from gluing your finger to the nail when using superglue? Help please

  • P P on Mar 15, 2023

    in a pinch - before knowing this tea bag trick - I have used the adhesive side section of a curad type bandage - cut the pad & the other adhesive side of the strip off - trimmed to fit my nail to reinforce where torn but not all the way off.