Well, you know how it goes. It’s all fun and games, until someone breaks a nail! A toe nail in this case. In today’s video we’ll be going over how to fix a broken toenail with polygel. Fixing a toenail with polygel is the easiest way to fix a broken toenail in my opinion.
Before we get started, I want you to check out these super fine Mica flakes from one of my favorite Japanese gel nail brands, Kokoist. You can sandwich them in between two layers of gel or stick them on the sticky residue of your color gel, and I’m contemplating using these after my toenail transformation and maybe you can tell me what you think, towards the end of this video.
So sure enough, I’m minding my own when I look down and what do I see… a chipped toenail. Now oftentimes a chip or break on one of your toenails happens because you stubbed it, but in this case I think all of the flaking and striations that I showed you in a previous video finally caused a tear. Make sure to check out that video if you find yourself wondering if those white spots on your toenails are fungus.
There are many ways to fix a broken toenail and give yourself a decent at home toenail transformation. One of those ways is with a little time and patience, I’m sure. But today you are here because if you’re like me, ain’t nobody got time for that.
And I am not only going to use polygel today, but I am also going to use… yep Japanese gel. Now if you are a regular in this channel, you know Japanese gel is my thang. I like everything about it like it’s low odour, gentleness to your natural nails, and of course it’s cuteness.
So today I am going to use Leafgel as my base coat before applying the polygel. Now the polygel I am using is not necessarily the best quality but because it is all I had and I am essentially going to sandwich it in between my quality Japanese gel, it will do the trick. And I am also not going to use a whole bunch of this stuff. A little will go a long way for this fix.
Now I am fairly new to Polygel. I have created a video using polygel for all 10 of my toenails, but frankly I think that particular brand’s basecoat jacked my toenails up,
Oh and it did not last more than a week either. Now to be fair, it was my first time using polygel… but I definitely know a thing or 2 about applying nails, and I don’t really understand why those just slipped off.
Ok, so back to this application, often it is optional to wipe off the tacky residue from your gel base especially if you find your polygel moving too much, like slipping out of control.
If this is happening to you, than go ahead and use alcohol to wipe off that tacky residue.
You will also need an alcohol solution to tap the polygel into place. Again I am no pro at polygel, I have used it maybe 3 times, and I’ve just been using my trusty 90% alcohol solution to work it, but some people have told me maybe it is too strong. If you know a concrete answer to this solution mystery definitely let us know in the comments section. What I would definitely recommend is to have the right tool for the job, and so make sure to get the spatula and appropriate brush for polygel. Your brush should be firm and made up of synthetic bristles.
Now polygel requires curing. And I am going to give my application a 60 sec cure in my new trusty Leafgel UVLED curing unit.
At this time… you can start seeing this toenail transformation coming to light, but before my next step I am going to go ahead and refine my application. The really cool thing about polygel is that because you mold it into shape, it needs no excessive filing and buffing unless you went a little thick on your application, and it is not set until you decide to set it in the UV light.
Now, after refining my polygel application I am going to go ahead and use a semi-hard gel to marry my base and polygel application into one fantastic and natural-looking toenail. This particular gel I am using is by Kokoist and it is a 2 in 1 base and builder Japanese gel applied from a brush-on bottle.. And if you’re wondering why perhaps I did not use this just for the entire nail, that is because it is a bit too runny to sculpt with, especially at this angle.
So all I would do now is refine it again via a 180 grit file and buffer.
And bam as good as new.
I’m going to go ahead and bedazzle these with opal flakes, let me know in the comments section if you want to see a video of that dazzling project.
Have a merry start to your week, I’ll see you in the next one.
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