A broken fingernail can be unattractive or even painful. But when a trip to the nail salon doesn’t fit into your busy schedule, a quick home fix can work. Give super glue a try if you’re repairing a broken nail — but stick to nail glue when you’re adhering acrylic nails.

Use super glue to repair broken nails, both natural and artificial. The primary active ingredient in super glue — cyanoacrylate –is an efficient adhesive that you can also find in many nail glues. Because this ingredient is a resin, it can be filed and buffed when dry, allowing you to shape and polish your nails after repairing any breaks.

If an acrylic nail splits like a natural nail, try this method to repair it. However, if your acrylic nail separates from the natural nail, head to the salon. Always use nail glue to adhere acrylic nails to your natural nail bed. These nail glues are designed to protect your natural nails, so always trust your nail technician for this service.