How to Repair Gel Nails

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How to Repair Gel Nails

Gel nail manicures look great, especially when coupled with gel nail polish. Gel nails are very durable, and they look more natural than acrylic nails. However, people who work with their hands may find that their gel nails chip and crack. Part of the nail may even snag on something and break off. When you have one or two damaged gel nails, you may not want to completely redo all of your nails, especially if you had an expensive full manicure in a salon. Fortunately, there are a number of easy ways to repair cracked, chipped, or broken gel nails yourself with just a few materials.

How to Fix a Broken Gel Nail

Sometimes part of a gel nail partially or completely breaks off. If the break is near the tip, some people choose to simply cut the rest of the nail off and wait for it to grow back naturally, or cover the nail with a false nail. However, if the break is too low on the nail to comfortably trim it off, many people choose to patch the nail with a nail wrap. This is essentially like putting a bandage over the nail, so it remains in one piece. There are a number of different types of nail wraps, and they each have their own advantages and disadvantages.

Type of Nail Wrap

Advantages and Disadvantages

Silk nail wrap

Very thin and flexible

Usually undetectable under gel nail polish

Not as durable as other nail wraps

Fibreglass nail wrap

Thin, but slightly thicker than silk

Easy to conceal with gel nail polish

Sturdier than silk

Linen nail wrap

Relatively thick

Somewhat harder to conceal under nail polish

Very strong and durable

After selecting a type of nail wrap, the next step is to remove nail polish from the nail. The best way to do this is by covering a cotton ball in nail polish remover and gently rubbing it on the nail until the polish comes off. Next, wash the nail with soap and water and dry it thoroughly. Then cover it with a coat of nail primer. Cut a piece of the nail wrap that is large enough to completely cover the break. Remove the adhesive back from the nail wrap and adhere it over the break so that it securely connects the broken piece to the rest of the nail.

Next, cover the entire nail and the nail wrap with clear gel nail polish or hard gel. Allow it to dry completely, and apply a second layer. When the second layer is dry, use a super-fine nail file to shape the nail, and gently file over the nail wrap to smooth it out. Then apply coloured nail polish to cover it up.

How to Fix a Cracked Gel Nail

To fix a crack in a gel nail, first remove any nail polish. Take a coarse nail file and file down the area around the crack so it looks less pronounced. After that, use a very fine nail file to smooth out the nail even more. Use nail glue to fill in the crack, and allow it to dry completely. Then use the fine nail file once more to smooth out the nail glue and even out the nail. Apply one or two coats of nail primer. When the primer is dry, paint the nail with two layers of coloured nail polish and one layer of topcoat to mask the glue.

How to Fix a Chipped Gel Nail

When gel nails chip, they commonly chip very close to the tip of the nail. Some people choose to simply trim off the tip of the nail and smooth it out using a nail file. However, if you do not want to shorten your nail, or you experience a nail chip away from the tip, there are other solutions. If the chip is shallow, remove existing nail polish and apply two or three coats of clear hard gel polish to the chipped part of the nail. For deeper chips, fill the chip with nail glue. When it is dry, sand the nail and apply coloured polish.

How to Buy Materials to Repair Gel Nails on eBay

To find materials to repair gel nails on eBay, start by typing the name of the item you are looking for into the eBay search bar. If the results are too broad, try adding more keywords that describe the product in greater detail, such as a brand name. Gel nails look great, and they are quite durable, but they are still susceptible to cracking, breaking, and chipping. Fortunately, it is possible to repair them. With the right materials, you can restore your gel nails to excellent condition yourself to save time and money.

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