Natural Remedies For Brittle Nails

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Remedies For Brittle Nails

We all want that beautiful manicured nails forever in our life. We strive to have those nails done no matter how much it costs. But some of us have nails which are so much brittle that no matter whatever we do, it comes to the same position again and again. Brittle and weak nails can become cracked or chapped easily which effects both the genders. Sometimes long term using of nail polish, exposure to water or aging is considered the main root cause of brittle nails.

Here are a few remedies for brittle nails on how to maintain those nails to a perfectly manicured hands.

Tips On Brittle Nails Solution

1Lemon Juice and Olive Oil Soak

Lemon Juice and Olive Oil Soak

Lemon juice and olive oil are extremely important in every natural beauty ingredients. They are being widely used for health and skin problems. Lemon juice is an effective and frequently used to remove suntan. The mixture of both the ingredients is also an effective cure for dry brittle nails. Olive oil penetrates the nail cuticles and also strengthen and repair the nails. Where as lemon juice helps in building peeling or damaged nails as well as remove yellowish stains from the surface that is caused because of applying too much nail polish.

How to apply: Mix one tablespoon of lemon juice into three tablespoons of olive oil. Try to heat the mixture till it is little warm. Try to massage the mixture on each nails later soaking fingertips in the mixture for at least 20 minutes. Try to leave them overnight and see the changes the next morning.

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2Beer Soak

Beer Soak

Yes, I know what you are thinking. Beer is for drinking, but there are certain qualities in beer that can be used as a remedial cure for skin and hair. I hope you might have heard of ‘beer shampoo’ right? Well it is something same. Beer have some potential natural conditioner that can help in smooth and soft hair. A combination of beer with olive oil and apple cider vinegar is a powerful natural treatment for broken nails.

Beer have potassium, selenium, biotin and phosphorous, which are some nail friendly ingredients and can help in building healthy and strong nails.

How to apply: Try to heat Olive oil till it is warm later adding beer and apple cider vinegar. Soak fingertips in this for 15 minutes. Try to repeat one or two times a week for effective results.

3Sea Salt Soak

Sea Salt Soak

Sea salt can heal or soften your nail cuticles with adding shine to the nails. It can also strengthen broken or weak nails by soaking fingertips in the mixture of warm water and sea salt. The mineral present in it have rejuvenating and healing properties that can also be used in baths. For toe nails take the mixture in a big container.

How to apply: Mix two tablespoons of sea salt with four drops of lemon essential oil and wheat germ oil in warm water. Try to dip for 15 minutes. You can do this manicure and pedicure for two to three times a week, and see amazing results.

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4Coconut Oil Massage

Coconut Oil Massage

Coconut oil, sometimes, is the solution for a lot of skin and hair problems. It is the best moisturizer for treating dry and dull skin. Coconut oil massage is an amazing solution for moisturizing nails and preventing different types of nail infection. The oil massage helps in hydrating nails and improves blood circulation.

How to apply: Warm up some coconut oil and apply on each nail. Try to massage for five minutes. For best results try to follow this process two to three times a day.

5Apple Cider Vinegar Soak

Apple Cider Vinegar Soak

Apple cider vinegar is widely used inexpensive and natural DIY hair and skin remedial treatment. It can also be used to treat scalp itching and dandruff. It is loaded with minerals like calcium, iron, magnesium, vitamins and potassium. It can help in developing thicker and stronger nails due to essential vitamin contents. The acetic acid and malic acid can help in keeping nail infection away.

How to apply: Try to mix equal portion of apple cider vinegar and water in a bowl. Immerse your nails for 10 minutes. Try to follow this procedure every day.

6Tea Tree Oil Drops

Tea Tree Oil Drops

The tea tree oil is a popular natural medicine because of its antiseptic properties. It can cure a wide range of skin problems like ringworm in humans. It is can also be used to treat broken nails caused by fungal infection. It can also help in treating discoloured nails because of its strong nature, it can only be used in diluted form, that is, mixed with water.

How to apply: Mix some drops of tea tree oil in olive oil. Apply or rub this solution on the nails for 30 minutes every day for one month. Wash it off with.

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7Egg Yolk and Milk Soak

Egg Yolk and Milk Soak

One of the main causes of broken nails is the lack of nutrients like calcium and proteins. One of the best calcium and protein available products are egg and milk. While egg yolk a milk mixture is not very appealing and very smelly affair, but it is one of the useful remedy for brittle nails. It provides intense moisture to nails and prevents splitting or peeling.

How to apply: Mix egg yolk with milk, then beat them well. Massage the mixture in nails thoroughly. After waiting for 20 minutes to dry, clean them with lukewarm water.

8Herbal Nail Mask

Herbal Nail Mask

We use varieties of herbal mask for our skin and hair care at home. But sometimes forget to apply the same mask for nail care. A nourishing herbal nail mask can work wonders in making your nails thicker and stronger in just a few applications.

How to apply: add peppermint and chamomile tea in a cup and pour boiling water in it. Steep it for two hours later draining the tea. Mix olive oil and wheat flour in the tea blending them. Apply the paste in the nails. After waiting for an hour to wash it off with warm water. Try to follow this routine one to two times a week.

9Petroleum Jelly

Petroleum Jelly

As we all know, that petroleum jelly is the best friend for flaky and dry skin in winter. It can also cure chapped lips. It can be as a multipurpose product for treating a number of skin problems. Sometimes dehydration is the leading cause of broken nails.

How to apply: Apply some petroleum jelly on your nails a night before bed is a simple and easy trick. It will prevent cuticles from splitting and keeping it hydrated. Try to do this for two to three months. Wear cotton gloves before sleep for better results.

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10Hot Oil Treatment

Hot Oil Treatment

If nails are massaged with oils are the best nail care treatment to get. But if they are pampered with nourishing hot oil it works even much better. You can try natural oils like almond oil, jojoba oil and olive oil for hot oil massage. The healthy fats and nutrients that are present in these oils help reduce nail damage caused by nail polish or nail polish removers.

How to apply: Mix equivalent olive, jojoba and almond oil to heat till they are warm in touch. To apply soak cotton pieces into the oil and rub in each nail. Try to wrap foil around the nails with the cotton balls for 10 minutes. By this procedure the oils will enter and penetrate the nails.

Tips On Stronger Nails And Less Splitting

With these home remedies, follow some healthy tips and tricks for stronger and healthier nails.

11Healthy Food

Healthy Food

If you have broken or split nails, then you might want to consider your diets lack of nutrients. It is important to follow healthy food chart and bring some positive changes in lifestyle for beautiful, strong and healthy nails.

Try to have a diet that is rich in vitamins, minerals, proteins and healthy fats. Some essential nutrients for nails are folic acid, calcium, vitamin A, B, C, D and E, biotin and zinc.

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12File Your Nails

File Your Nails

Smooth the rough edges of nails using files. Regular filing will prevent it from chipping and peeling of nails. Try to file in one direction because filing back and forth can weaken the nails.

13Protect Your Nails From Water

Protect Your Nails From Water

Try to protect your nails from water. Excessive exposure to water can break and soft your nails because water strips off the natural moisture from the nails. Hence try to wear gloves while working in water.

14Moisturize

Moisturize

Try to make a habit of moisturizing nails and hands after washing dishes, taking a bath, finishing cleaning or washing hands. Try to give extra care to the nails by keeping it hydrated.

15Stay Away from Removers

Stay Away from Removers

Sometimes nail polish removers can excessively dry out the nails making them prone to breakage and clipping. Hence, try not to use nail polish remover more, it’s always better to use twice a month. Avoid acetone contained removers.

16Vitamin Supplements

Vitamin Supplements

Vitamins are helpful in strengthening hairs and nails because they both have keratin. Hence, it can strengthen your nails, by taking vitamin supplements that contain biotin which is vitamin B.

17Avoid Fake Nails

Avoid Fake Nails

Try to avoid fake nails because it can cause you brittle and weak nails. Sometimes fake nails can also cause nail fungus from the gap in-between the real ones and fake ones and can lead to painful bacterial infection.

By – Triptika Basu