DIY Tea Bag Nail Repair

Written by Bryce

How to repair a broken nail with a tea bag.

Thanks to Teresa King of cityMANI for the easy DIY steps!


·         paper tea bag

·         nail file

·         buffer

·         tweezers

·         nail glue


1.      Cut the top off of a paper tea bag and pour out the tea.

a.       You can also use a coffee filter in an emergency, but remember it is thicker and will require more buffing to prevent the seams from showing.

2.      Tear (do not cut) a small piece of the empty tea bag into a patch to cover the break in your nail.

a.       Cutting the patch will leave a ridge along the edges, while tearing allows the fibers to seamlessly blend into the nail.

3.      Place a small dot of nail glue over the break in the nail and use the tweezers to place and press the patch down over it. The patch will absorb the glue and form a bond to the nail over the break.

4.      Once dry, gently buff over the edges of the patch to blend it into the nail.

5.      To hide the patch, polish your nails as usual with a base coat, two coats of color, and a top coat.

Voila! Perfect manicure once again and the offending break is reinforced while the nail has time to grow out. You can remove the patch easily with nail polish remover or leave it in place until the break has grown out enough for you to clip and file the nail.


About the author


Bryce Gruber is a Manhattanite mom who can be found jet-setting off to every corner of the globe. She loves exotic places, planes with WiFi, summer clothes, & Sucre brown butter truffles. Bryce's aim is to do to luxury what Elton John did to being gay. Follow her on twitter @brycegruber

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