Sunday, February 5, 2012

Orly Nail Rescue to the Rescue

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.

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45 comments

  1. Thank you! That is so cool, and I'm sure will come handy. ;)

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  2. You've sold me- I need to have this! (PS, I have the EXACT same thing happen with my razor/nails! Boo!)

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  3. Yep. I've done that before! That's going to suck when it grows out to your tips. Poor little owl.

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  4. Wow this is awesome !
    Thanks for sharing.
    LG Fairy

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  5. Wow, it's really something that does what it says!

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  6. I just got the product for my birthday. I have a split on my thumb, it's been there for years. I don't know how or why it's there but the Nail rescue has been great so far!

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  7. Oh wow, the result looks perfect! Definitly adding this product to my wishlist. I've never seen it before though. Is it exclusively sold by Sally's? Hope not.

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  8. Oh wow, that is unbelievable! :O Need to get this ASAP, my razor slips quite frequently. xD

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  9. Fabulous! I was curious about the 'naked' nail after it has been repaired and it looks really good!

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  10. ohh so cool! that is great! thanks for the tip.

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  11. I use this stuff when I get a tear in the end of my nail and don't want to nubbinize! Although be careful with your glue because I only used mine twice before the glue stuck itself shut forever. I think when I buy it again I will make sure I clean the neck of the bottle everytime I use to prevent that from happening again.

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  12. I used this last year on a split and it was good but I'd also recommend the nail bandage stickers which Sally's sell, they come in various sizes & feel hard thin plastic that you can paint over easily.

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  13. I did this last year, however mine was all the way down to the nail bed...OUCH! One of the most painful thing I've ever experienced, except childbirth...but that was eventually over, and didn't last for days. Wish I knew about this stuff back then. Thanks for the information!

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  14. I had a similar incident with a knife a few months back. My poor nail looked awful but I was so thankful I didn't cut my hand instead! I picked up this kit the next day and I've been hooked ever since. Using it on the entire nail just didn't sound like a good idea to me, so like you, I only applied it to the gash. It's a bit of a pain to buff out but the results are great! Could you do a follow-up and let us know how it holds up with the non-acetone remover? I just continued to use my normal remover and re-applied the product.

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  15. This is brilliant! But what the hell girl...you could have really hurt yourself there!

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  16. Wow, thanks so much for letting us know about this.

    R.I.P. little owl!

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  17. Poor Owly. :( I've been eyeballing this kit for a while, I think I'll go ahead and pick it up the next time I'm in Sally's.

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  18. Whew! I was really worried there for a while. I thought you might be out of commission until it grew out. :( So glad you found something that would work.

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  19. I have to admit this post definitely got a reaction out of me! I gasped and really said "oh no!" quietly to myself when you showed the poor little owl and your poor nail. And definitely a little "yay!" when I saw that it would all be ok. I guess when you're really into nails (like all of us in the nail community are), things like this happening are unquestionably tragic. So I've added this little kit to my purchase list next time I'm out- just in case! Thanks for sharing this on your blog; I'm not sure I would have thought to buy it (or believed that it worked) if I hadn't read this!

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  20. Deff keeping this product in mind mext time I have a tragic accident!

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  21. Wow, by that first photo with the dent and polish on I would never imagine the cut was so deep. I'm glad you found a solution, and now know this stuff works!
    Sophia.

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  22. The fact that you nicked your nail with a razor is STILL giving me goosebumps. Worst feeling ever!

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  23. Awesome! I definitely have to be on the lookout for this! Thanks for sharing! :)

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  24. Wow!! I've seen this in Sally's so many times, but didn't know how it worked. Thanks for sharing.

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  25. I have to get some of this stuff, WOW!

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  26. WOW! You weren't kidding about this stuff being a miracle worker. This might be my savior for the winter nail blues, I'm definitely picking some of this up as soon as possible.

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  27. Ouchies! Awe, poor owl. I'm so glad it could be patched! This kit seriously rocks. It's definitely the best thing out there for mending boo-boos. :)

    I tried the Sally Hansen nail mending thing in a pinch because the glue in my Orly kit had dried up. It was late at night and only the 24 hour CVS was open. It was an emergency nail situation. The Sally Hansen nail repair comes in a tube, glue on one side and powder on the other. It's got some serious design flaws, like if you open it the wrong way the glue spills out... And the powder is in a weird salt shaker thing that makes a mess... And it doesn't come with a buffer. Definitely prefer the Orly kit. It rules. :D

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  28. I didn't know this product existed, so thank you so much for sharing with us. I wils purchase it on Amazon, since I live in Spain and I cannot find ORLY products anywhere. Thank you!

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  29. Wow and ouch! I didn't know this existed. Thanks for sharing

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  30. I read about this online somewhere recently and bought it. I use it like you do, only on the part that needs fixing. I'll never be without it again! It fixes split nails like magic.

    Don't you wish everything that was advertised as "miracle" stuff was as good as this? lol

    I'm glad you didn't go any deeper than you did with that razor! I cringed when I saw it!

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  31. This is incredible, I absolutely want this!!

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  32. I have 2 awards for you http://polishenthusiastk.blogspot.com/2012/02/2-awards.html

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  33. awesome! It looks just like your nail too!
    I will keep this in mind if this happens to me

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  34. omgeeeeeeeeeee that is incredible??? is it like a filling will eventually grow out or what?

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  35. I've used this several times for torn nails and mine always come out looking like a Frankenstein nail. I buff it down. Any tips? Thanks!

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    1. Hmm, I'm not sure if you're buffing it down! Are you using the kit buffer? Maybe try using a larger, separate buffing block?

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  36. oh yeah it is a genius kit!! I love it, it definitely works!!! I repaired a long nail totally broken, and it last at least three months before I cut it after... Here is the link http://www.nail-art-bibulle.com/2012/10/reparation-artisanale-maison-dongles.html
    xXx Bibulle.

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  37. My nails are all damaged from acrylic nails. It has been a couple of months and all the indented lines have almost grown out. Should I let them grow out all the way or use the Orly Nail Rescue Kit.

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  38. Nail Rescue is more for fixing incidents of nail trauma. It's essentially acrylic powder and glue so if you are trying to recover from acrylics I wouldn't suggest using it. I would suggest looking into Duri Rejuvacote though, it's used a lot for people that are trying to strengthen their nails after acrylics and I use it every day on my natural nails for strength.

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  39. Can you use this on your toes as well?

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  40. I read that you can get the same effect using facial tissue+ nail glue+ buffing block. Step 1 apply nail glue on the entire nail then add a square of facial tissue on your nail then buff until it blends.

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  41. Just found out I read it wrong. It's tissue first then nail glue. The nail glue is to be dripped onto the nail until the tissue has absorbed it.

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