Having weak, brittle nails is something you can fix and remedy naturally using the proven methods below. Some of the below tips are merely what to avoid that may be unintentionally softening your nails and making them brittle. Let us see how you can safely and easily reduce your brittle nail syndrome and repair your nails. Getting rid of those weak nails can be done quickly if you know the right ways to treat it.
Best Natural Ways to Strengthen Weak Nails
Avoid Excessive Water
Soaking your nails in water for long periods of time like in the bath or shower. Even washing dishes may damage nails so you should put on gloves to reduce the damage to your weak nails giving them a fighting chance to become stronger with new nail growth.
Do Not Cut Nail Cuticles or Alter Nail CuticlesAdvertisement
Your nail cuticles are a natural barrier from fungus and bacteria, and by cutting or altering them, you are removing your bodies natural way to protect your nails. Doing a cuticle oil and hand creme part of your routine should become a weekly ritual at least turning back the fingernail damage.
Drink Lots of Water and Stay Properly Hydrated
Proper water hydration sounds easy but with so many folks not drinking enough basic water, nail deterioration is certain at some point and time. Try to drink at least eight glasses of water per day and make sure you are getting enough sodium, vitamins, and minerals.
Shorter Nails For-the-Win
Maintain shorter nails temporarily so that your natural nail growth may increase a bit. Having shorter nails also benefits your current brittle nails by reducing the stress on them and surface area to absorb water and harsh chemicals.
Proper Vitamins and Minerals Intake
Calcium plays a role, but in some studies, scientists have found no direct correlation between calcium intake and the strength of nails. Nails are made of keratin and protein is necessary for nail growth and strength. Zinc aids in keeping nails from weakening. Iron also plays a role in keeping nails from distorting into spoon shapes. Did you know, too much selenium can cause hair loss while too little selenium can lead to nail loss?
Avoid Alcohol-Based Hand Sanitizer
Alcohol-based hand sanitizers dry out your nails natural moisture and further weaken already brittle nails. Simply wash your hands with soap and water whenever you can.
Avoid Over Using Nail Polish Remover
Nail Polish remover has harsh chemicals like acetone that dry out nails. Increase the duration of your manicures to reduce the amount of nail polish remover uses.
Nails Are NOT Tools
Do not use your nails and tools to open or scratch at things. Using your nails in this manner will only expose weak nail surface points or worse, create new ones.
DIY Nail Soaks
Soaking your nails in Olive Oil, Coconut oil, argan oil, vitamin E oil, tea tree oil, and castor oil for as little as 10 minutes per week can have dramatic effects on nail growth and nail maintenance. Simply fill a small bowl with water and add a little of your preferred oil or cheaper oil and soak your fingertips and nails just above the cuticles for 10 minutes. After the 10 minutes, rub and massage the fingernails, cuticles, and nail beds to increase blood circulation and introducing additional moisture and promoting hydrated, healthy nails.
Also: DIY Manicure How-To
Temporarily Avoid Nail Polish
Avoid using nail polish and covering your nails for a few days or weeks to let your nails, cuticles, and nail beds breathe. Go natural for a little and remember to try the DIY nail soaks regularly.