Thursday, March 11, 2010

Nail Repair According to Me

So I had to do a repair on the nail I broke and decided to do a tutorial for it. I use two methods of repair when I repair my nails. If it is a tear like the one I have here, I use the silk wrap method. 

If it is a peel, then I use the Orly Nail Repair method. For the sake of this tutorial, my torn nail got both treatments. (I don't normally do both- this is just for you guys!) I know everyone has their own way of dealing with breaks, so this is just what I do.

Option 1 - Silk Wrap

Tools Needed:
Silk Wrap
IBD Gel Resin 
Gel Activator (not needed, but dries the gel resin real fast)
Orange stick
small scissors or cuticle nippers
Buffing block

Step 1.
I Find a wrap that closely matches my nail width and apply to the nail covering the tear. I never cover my entire nail, although you could. I tend to just cover an area around the tear. (I use Originails Fiber Mesh. I didn't have any on hand, so I had to use this off brand. Works just as well, but the Originails Fiber Mesh dries clear - this one does not)

Step 2. Sometimes it takes me a few tries to get the wrap to lay properly over the tear. Once I have it where I want it, I apply the gel resin over the wrap like I would polish. (I use IBD Brush On Gel Resin)

Step 3. Once I have covered the wrap with the resin, I grab an orange wood stick and press it around the tear in my nail. I work quickly and carefully so I don't pull the wrap right off my nail.

Step 4. I spray the nail with a gel drying accelerator. You don't need to do this, but it can take a few minutes for the gel resin to dry completely otherwise. With the accelerator spray, it dries instantly. (I use Originails Rap Dry Nail Adhesive Accelerator)

Step 5. I cut the excess wrap. I noticed if I try to cut the wrap before applying the resin, it just keeps lifting off. This is easier to me.

Step 6. Buff to a smooth finish

End result

Option 2 - Orly Nail Repair

Tools needed:
Orly Nail Repair kit

This doesn't work well for me on tears like this, but it does work well to prevent tears or on peeling. I do use this sometimes when swatching too, since it protects it long enough to swatch before I do a wrap.

Step 1. Apply the glue that comes in the repair kit.

Step 2. Dip the nail in the powder that comes in the kit.

Step 3. Buff off the excess powder and then buff the nail.

End result. (Keep in mind this one is over the silk wrap I just did.)

Once buffed, wash your hands and paint your nails as usual. The Wrap will usually last me a few weeks through swatching and everything as long as I don't use acetone. When I wasn't swatching I could get a wrap to last about a month with two polish changes a week. With the Orly nail repair, I can get it to last just a few days, whether swatching or not.  I know a lot of people have luck with this method, so I think it might just be what works for one doesn't work for all.

From there I just do my manicure as usual.

Here I am wearing one of my favorites. Rescue Beauty Lounge Stormy. Can you tell there is a repaired nail here?

Looking good - if I do say so myself! 


  1. Thank you so much for sharing!! I really needed to see a repair in action. You should show this on MUA/nailboard. Love your mani and I have on CNY hanging on the stoop it looks like a dupe to stormy :)

  2. I wish I could show it on the nailboard, but we aren't allowed to put our own blog stuff on there. I was thinking of putting it in my notepad when I have some time. Maybe I can do that this weekend.

  3. Really useful!!I am waiting for my sill wraps to arrive from U.S. (here you find only ridiculous plastic patches)...The result even after polishing nails is incredible!

  4. This is total brilliance! Thanks for sharing!

  5. nice tips..! thank you.. =)