How to Save a Broken Fingernail

One of the first things people ask me these days is "Are those real?"

Yes, my fingernails are real. (For the record so are my breasts just so you don't get the wrong idea!)

Women always ask me how I grow my nails, what technique do I use? Do I take a supplement or use a special polish? The answer is I don't use anything to grow my nails. There is no technique. I have long nails because I have patience and willpower. The urge to pick, peel and chew my nails is strong and ever present. But I resist, I refuse to tear my nails up. Therefor, they grow. Pretty simple.

It also helps that I have become a master at saving a fingernail when it may break. Let me share my knowledge with you. You too can have really long nails!

First, keep a nail file near by at all times. If you snag a nail, smooth it out right away to avoid peeling and chipping.

If you notice that your nail is splitting, cracked or torn, stop what you are doing immediately. Now is the time to act fast and pull out your secret weapon. You should keep this accessible at all times because you never know when your nails will need to be rescued.

Your secret weapon is.... ta da- Super Glue.

This is so easy. Your nail will be saved! It only takes one second.

Where the nail is weak (torn, chipped, cracked etc) place a drop of super glue. Smooth it out to cover the area in danger of breaking. Let it dry. Resume normal activity.

It is really that easy! 

3 days ago I jammed my finger into a doorknob and my pinkie fingernail somehow got stuck in the lock part of the doorknob. I carefully slipped my nail out and ran- ran to my super glue. The nail was halfway broken and the break was of course below the quick. I knew this was going to be a painful break if I didn't act fast.

In under 30 seconds my nail was as good as new! It didn't break! After gluing the nail back together you should paint over it. I would advise using the color you have on your other fingernails. You might want to keep this color for a few weeks as I would recommend reinforcing the break with super glue again in several days. I don't think you would want to remove the original polish or the glue on top of it as you will probably break the nail.

I have read that other people suggest snipping the edge of a tea bag off to place over the glue, but really, you don't need to do this. That is time spent that might lead you to lose the nail, seriously slap one dot of super glue on it. Let it dry then repaint the area.

As you can see in my photo I didn't paint right away so that I could show you how bad my nail tear was- it was 2/3 of the way across my nail. This was a serious break, but I acted fast enough to keep my long nails! Tell me about your nails. Are they long? Short? Painted? What is your favorite nail polish?


  1. genius idea I will definitely be using this tip. Thanks

  2. I grow mine to about half as long as yours. Once I stab myself or D-man I cut them to sport length. All through school I used to bite my nails. I broke that habit and love to make my nails look pretty. I love the stickers :)

  3. My nails break all the time and I've never found a fool-proof way to save them. Giving your method a try next time!

    1. Hey Nicky!
      Let me know how it works out for you.

  4. I must remember to take some super glue with me! Thanks for sharing this tip, very useful indeed!

  5. Great ideas...mine are short.
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  6. Oh my goodness that looks painful! What a great idea..thanks!

  7. Oh, I like this idea!

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  8. Mine are also short, but when I am under serious stress (like I have been the last couple of months-personal issues, whole nother post), I pick and chew, and hangnails make my OCD kick in, to top it all off. As a result, (or maybe they've always been this way, I can remember such problems as a teen), they are brittle and peel and break as soon as they get beyond the quick (to the white part). Anyway, I had a question. If it breaks beyond the quick, does the SuperGlue burn when you put it on? Thanks. Stephanie

    1. Hi Stephanie,
      The Super Glue does not burn, in fact it actually feels better once the glue is on there. At least I think so... now is that all in my head? Possibly!

    2. Thanks for your reply. I was curious because I have accidentally gotten it on cuts before and it burned a bit then. Maybe it feels better because the nail is not constantly getting snagged on stuff and pulling. I know when mine have broken that low and I have chosen to cut them off, those last few millimeters hurt like the dickens! Thank again. :)


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