To fix nail cracks… acrylic is the best

There are many ways to fix a cracked nail, but acrylic (sculpture) is the strongest of them all.

In this article, we will introduce the procedure of how to repair cracks using acrylics. Please take a look at it for reference.

Handling acrylic (sculpture) is extremely difficult and dangerous if handled incorrectly. It is recommended only for those who have knowledge and skills in nail care.

*This blog is written by a manicurist in Japan. The information contained in this article is available in Japan. Please note that it may be different in other countries.

What you need to fix cracks with acrylic

First, let’s look at what you need.

All the products in this article are all used by professionals and only those that I have actually used myself. Please note that although there are some types that come in sets or are cheaper, I cannot recommend products that are of low quality or that I have never used before.

Acrylic powder

Acrylic powder that hardens when taken with a brush containing acrylic monomer. For fissures, we recommend colors that are close to your own nails, such as clear, pink, or natural.

Acrylic monomer (Acrylic liquid)

Acrylic monomers are necessary for curing acrylic powders. Choose one from the same manufacturer as the acrylic powder.

Sculpture Brush

A brush that contains acrylic monomer to take acrylic powder and shape it. It is always necessary to use a sculpture brush, not a gel one.

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Pre-primer

Acrylics (sculptures) will not hold up well if water or oil is left on the nails, and in some cases, green nails may result. Be sure to use a preprimer to remove moisture and oil from the nails.

Primer

Primer needed to improve the adhesion of acrylics.

Nail file

Files needed for shaping. There are different types in terms of coarseness, but we recommend the 180 grid for ease of use.

Sponge Buffer

Finally, a sponge buffer is needed to polish the acrylic.

Steps to Repair Cracks with Acrylic

Let’s look at the procedure for repairing cracks with acrylic.

Remove gel

First, if there is gel on the surface, remove it.

If there is no gel on the nail, a file is used to scrape and scratch the nail surface (to improve the adhesion of the acrylic).

Here is a crack.

Apply a pre-primer

Apply a preprimer to remove moisture and oil from the nails.

Acrylics (sculptures) will not hold up well if moisture or oil is left on the nails, and in some cases, green nails may result. Be sure to use a preprimer to remove moisture and oil from the nails.

Apply primer.

Apply primer. Primer is used to dissolve the nail surface and improve the adhesion of acrylics.

After painting, please wait until it dries.

Putting on the acrylic

Acrylic is placed on top. First dip a sculpture brush in acrylic monomer, then take acrylic powder with the tip of the brush.

Place it on the nail and cover the crack. You should cover not only the cracked area but also the other side where there is no crack.

Place another layer of acrylic on the border to smooth the difference between the acrylic and your nails.

Shape

When you have finished placing the product, wait until it begins to harden. Once the hardening process has started, shape the nail by holding both ends of the nail.

I often use scissors to hold them down.

Shape with a file

Once completely hardened, the shape is shaved with a file.

Polished with sponge buffer to complete the process.

Finally, polish with sponge buffer to complete the process.

I can’t even tell where the cracks are anymore!

You can of course put gel nail polish on top of this.

Check out the video

The procedure for repairing cracks is also available on YouTube. I think the video is easier to understand how to use the brush, etc., so please check it out. Please subscribe to my channel if you like!

Acrylics are very strong, but…

Acrylic is recommended for repairing cracks because it is the strongest and, of course, gel can be placed on top.

However, as I mentioned at the beginning, acrylic is difficult to handle and can be dangerous if used incorrectly. It is recommended only for those who have knowledge and skills in nail care.

For those who have just started nailing or are self-taught, we recommend silk wraps, which are easier to use than acrylics.