On Thursday, the unthinkable happened.
My razor slipped and nicked my nail. My nail on my photographing hand. My nail that you guys look at all the time! At first I thought it had just taken off a chunk of my polish, but I later discovered that it had put a huge gash into my nail. I tried to buff it out, but it was too deep.
Enter Orly Nail Rescue -- my nail went from the sad, dented thing on the left to the flawless and normal-looking thing on the right.
I truly think that this is a product that any nailophile should have in their arsenal, just in case. I used it to fill a dent, but it can also be used to repair cracks and splits. Today I am going to show you how it works!
First, here was the damage right after it happened (iPhone pic, so sorry). Poor little owl. He will always be remembered as sacrificing himself for the greater protection of my nail.
Okay, let's get started. Here is the box it comes in!
In this next picture, you can see the contents of the kit. It comes with a bottle of nail glue, a pot of nail repair powder, and a buffer square.
The first step is to clean your nail. Remove any polish remnants and wash and dry it. The washing and drying aren't in the instructions but it's a good idea to do it anyway.
Take the nail glue and brush it on to your nail. I only put it on my dent, but the instructions say to put it on the whole nail. I assume this is to protect people from buffing down too much of their natural nail when we get down to the later steps in this process. Whether you put it on your tear/peel/split/dent or on the whole nail is a judgement call.
As quickly as you can, dip your whole nail into the repair powder.
This is what mine looked like when I pulled it out. Let the glue dry and the powder harden.
Then, with the buffing square (or your own buffing block), take down the extra glue and powder until your nail is even.
Viola, that's it! Your nail is as good as new!
I will admit I was a little skeptical about this product at first, but after reading so many rave reviews of it online, I had to give it a shot. I cannot stress how great of a decision it was to buy this kit. It really saved my nail (and this blog).
I should mention that the patch will come off with acetone, so be careful with that. You can just re-patch it after it is removed if you'd like, but I just picked up some non-acetone remover at Sally's at the same time. I plan to use the non-acetone for this nail and the acetone for all of the others.
Orly Nail Rescue Kit is sold at Sally Beauty Supply for $7.99. You can find it in stores or online.