The Mother Of All Nail Breaks

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Hello Everyone! This is a PSA do not lift heavy objects with one hand, cause when they slip from your hand they take nails with them.

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Last Wednesday I experienced the most painful break I have EVER had. I have very thick nails (thanks mom) and i’m use to them snapping off but I’ve never had one rip so far into the nail plate. It’s still attached to skin so I can’t just ripping it off, it’ll just bleed more and It’s painful to cut so far into the plate so what to do? I bandaged it up like a mummy and went to work, it was an very interesting day, you never realize how much you use your thumb for until you can’t use it.

It bleed on and off all day, by the time I got home there was yellowing around the split (aka my body storing up white blood cells to fight off infection) so definitely couldn’t leave it like that, even bandaged up. So time to bust out the repair kit.

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So first step, wash with Hydrogen peroxide, to get the blood off, then gently take the polish off (this was unpleasant). I didn’t want to file with an emery board, so I pulled out my trusty drill. I created a groove on sides of the break so it looks like a trench, I washed my hands and cleaned it with alcohol (I have no words for the burn.)

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I cut a piece of silk to fit the space, now here’s the tricky part. I had press the split closed and hold it in place with my pointer finger then place the silk over it, apply bonder and cure it (that burned like a mother).

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The bonder and silk holds the split together, i filled in the trench with gel and cure, I applied a layer of gel on top of that, then two more layers. Clean off dispersion layer, buff to smooth out the nail surface then clean off with alcohol.

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It seems to be holding up really well, I cut the nail length to half, don’t get me wrong I am NOT trying to preserve length not this time, but it’s not hampering me or getting caught on things so I decided to leave it for now.

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This is the thickest, patch i’ve done and I still keep it covered with finger condoms (it’s a technical term cause that’s what they look like) from CVS to prevent anything from getting beneath the nail if i’m going to do dusty or dirty work and carry around a nails brush incase something does. So be careful with your claws.

Thanks for reading!

-Kerri-Ann

 

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