Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Orly Nail Rescue: Repair Missing Chunk of Nail

I have seen lots of posts about Orly Nail Rescue, it's a great thing.  But I didn't want to post about how easy it was to fix a tear.  It's already all over the internet.  So when I had a chunk of my nail go missing (mishap with the kids) I was stumped how I was going to fix it.  I didn't want to have to cut them all down.  I had finally gotten them nice and strong and at a good length.  So I was brainstorming with a few buddies in PAA and then I decided, since I wasn't going to make it to Sally's for a proper solution, I would do with what I already had.  There is a technique for using tea bags to repair tears, I have done it.  I don't love it.  Which is why I have the Nail Rescue.  Sooooo, with a chunk missing, what was I going to do?  No acrylic powder, resin or wraps to speak of.  I decided I would combine the 2 techniques.  I cut a small piece of tea bag and using the Orly brush on glue, I glued it to my nail, covering the gap. Then I applied another layer of glue and dipped in the Nail Rescue Powder.  Then I filed the top of my nail a bit and then glued and dipped again.  I wanted to make sure I got a nice coating.  I filed my nail some more, made sure you couldn't see any raised edges and then added a coat of Rejuvacote (my new favorite treatment) and done!  Here is the before and after

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I don't know how often a break like this happens, first time for me, but there is a simple way to temporarily fix it :)

I did this repair on my nails 5 days ago, still holding strong!


  1. Wow, very nice! Thanks so much for posting this. I have heard of the Orly Nail Rescue but haven't tried it yet. I just got a break last night, but I've had issues like yours happen too in the past. I don't care for the tea bag method much myself. I'll have to pick this up. Can you get it at Sally's?

    1. Yes, it's about 7.00, but There is a lot of product :)

  2. Looks great! I can't even see where you repaired. I'll have to keep this technique in mind!

  3. I have used the ASP Nail Wrap Kit (Available at Sally's) to patch broken nails with pretty good success. It comes with silk and fiberglass patches that you use with glue to strengthen the tears. I have also found silk patches by themselves and just use them with nail glue. I have had tears so bad that the tip was only being held on by 1/8 of nail, and I have managed to salvage it until it could grow out. I have not tried the Orly Nail Repair, but Sally Hansen had a similar product years ago (it may still exist) with the powder, but I never had much luck with it.


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