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What can I do for a split fingernail?

Asked by janbb (44811 points ) July 20th, 2010

Nail has a crack all the way down its length in the middle. I’ve put nail lacquer on it but the crack breaks through. Since the split is down the whole length, there’s little hope for it growing out. Any suggestions?

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Judi's avatar

Go to a nail salon and have them put a layer of acrylic over it. It will feel better instantly. My son split a fngernail like that and my manicurist fixed him right up. As it grows out just file it down with an emery board.

Austinlad's avatar

I’m a guy, but I have a suggestion. If you don’t want to spend the money at a salon, try coating the crack with Sally Hansen Hard as Nails. I was once a religious nail biter and used it often to cover rough spots and splits to keep me from biting it more.

Adirondackwannabe's avatar

We used crazy glue.

skfinkel's avatar

I don’t know if this will help that nail in particular, but I have found that vit. D3 (2K a day) has a very marked effect on my nails—makes them very strong. When I forget to take it a day or two, they get soft and can split more easily.

jfos's avatar

There has to be a good reason why they split. Allow them to spend some time apart to think about how they feel without the other half around.

I have no nail solutions, just an attempt to brighten your mood.

rebbel's avatar

Today my colleague asked me if i could help him with something.
He had a pair of scissors in his hand and showed me his thumb nail that was broken and had to sharp points sticking out.
He wanted me to cut the points of, and so i did.
Only now, that i am reading your question, i realize that that was a bit strange.
A seventy-something year old that can’t cut his own nails…..

I don’t know what to do with your nail though, @janbb.
Sorry.

Jeruba's avatar

I have a thumbnail that does this from time to time. I have tried everything on it, including drugstore nail repair kits. Once I nursed it out with Super Glue and Band-aids for nine months only to have it rebreak again and again.

There is only one solution, and @Judi has it. Let a pro do it. My salon fixed me up for $5 the last time this happened. I’ll never take the slow, hopeless route again.

janbb's avatar

@Jeruba Yes I think you and @Judi have the answer.

YARNLADY's avatar

When my nail split last month, I wrapped my finger in a small band aid and after a couple of weeks, changing band aid every day, it grew out.

JLeslie's avatar

I wonder if you could put crazy glue on it? At minimum cut it back so your nail is not extending past your finger.

Jeruba's avatar

Two of us mentioned that, @JLeslie. You need enough of a surface inside the split for it to adhere to. You can limp by with it, but for a bad split, don’t even fool around—just go to a salon.

JLeslie's avatar

@Jeruba Sorry if I repeated an answer. I did skim the thread, but I guess I should have read more closely. :)

Adirondackwannabe's avatar

@JLeslie @Jeruba This is kind of funny. I grew up on a farm and we didn’t have a lot of choices when it came to grooming. We used crazy glue because there wasn’t anything else to use. We didn’t have a clue what a salon was, and we used baler twine to hold everything else together. I’m guessing you will not have more that two people who know what baler twine is. I may ask that as a question. :)

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