How to Strengthen Weak and Brittle Nails


Are you in the world of pain and shame because of your brittle nails? Well, no more. Brittle nails not only look unappealing, but weak and chipped nails often expose the nail beds and give an open invitation to nail infections that can be very painful.

intro strengthen weak and brittle nail

Fortunately, all that your nails need is a little extra care to strengthen them and restore their beauty.

Many factors can render your nails brittle. Overworking them or using them as a tool can be major factors. Prolonged and continuous use of nail polish without any break can also make your nails weak and subsequently brittle. If you do household chores without wearing gloves, your nails are also affected by the chemicals in cleaners and detergents.

In some cases, brittle nails may be a symptom of an underlying medical condition. If the state of your nails doesn’t improve with cosmetic or therapeutic methods, it may be time to visit your doctor.

However, in most cases, a little TLC can drastically improve the health of your nails. Read on for the detailed instructions of how to strengthen weak and brittle nails or watch the video below for a quick demo.

Here are four easy methods that can help you strengthen weak and brittle nails.

Method 1: Using Olive Oil

Things you’ll need:

Method 1 things need

  • Olive oil
  • Soft towel

Step 1. Soak your fingers in warm olive oil

Soak your fingers in warm olive oil to strengthen brittle nails

Warm some olive oil in the microwave for about 20 seconds. After testing the temperature of the oil, soak your fingernails in it for about 15 to 20 minutes.

Olive oil is great at hydrating and strengthening brittle nails, and using warm olive oil produces far better results.

Step 2. Massage your nails

Massage your nails to strengthen brittle nails

Using circular motions, gently massage the oil over your nails, cuticles and surrounding skin. This helps incorporate the oil into the nails and skin tissue. Furthermore, it increases blood circulation in the nail area, which helps strengthen the nail beds and in turn your fingernails.

Step 3. Gently wipe off the excess oil

Gently wipe off the excess oil

After you’re done, wipe off the excess oil with a soft towel to protect your clothing from oil stains.

Method 2: Using Vitamin E Oil

Things you’ll need:

Method 2 things need

  • Vitamin E oil – 1 teaspoon
  • Tea tree oil – 2 or 3 drops
  • Soft towel

Step 1. Combine vitamin E and tea tree oils

Combine vitamin E and tea tree oils for brittle nails

Add 2 or 3 drops of tea tree oil to 1 teaspoon of vitamin E oil and mix them thoroughly. You can easily get vitamin E oil at any drugstore. You may also extract the oil from vitamin E oil capsules.

Vitamin E oil is great for conditioning your nails. You may also take vitamin E capsules orally for long-term results, but consult your doctor first.

Brittle and chipped nails often invite infections. Tea tree oil can help treat an existing infection and prevent infections from developing in the future.

Step 2. Massage your nails with the oil blend

Massage your nails with the oil blend to strengthen brittel nails

Massage the oil blend over your nail area, especially the nail body and cuticles, in gentle circular motions. Massage for about 5 to 10 minutes, working the oils into the nails and skin.

Step 3. Wipe away the excess oil

oil your nails to strengthen brittle nails

Wipe off the excess oil from your nails with a soft towel.

Method 3: Using Vaseline

Things you’ll need:

Method 3-things-need

  • Vaseline

Step 1. Gently massage your nails with Vaseline

Gently massage your nails with Vaseline for brittle nails

Vaseline is the easiest fuss-free way to nourish brittle nails. Simply massage some Vaseline over the entire nail area, cuticles and all. Use gentle pressure and massage in circular motions until the Vaseline is absorbed into the nails and skin.

Method 4: Using Honey and Lemon

Things you’ll need:

Method 4 things need

  • Honey – 2 teaspoons
  • Fresh lemon juice – 4 or 5 drops
  • Water
  • Soft towel
  • Moisturizer

Step 1. Combine honey and lemon

Combine honey and lemon for brittle nails

  • Put 2 teaspoons of honey in a small bowl.
  • Add 4 or 5 drops of fresh lemon juice and mix thoroughly.

Honey has long been used in cosmetic applications for its extremely hydrating properties. Combined with a little lemon juice, it works wonders to revive brittle nails. Lemon juice also helps remove the yellowness in nails.

Step 2. Massage your nails with the honey-lemon blend

Massage your nails with the honey lemon blend to strengthen your nails

Work the blend over your nail area, massaging in gentle circular motions. Massage the cuticles as well. Let the honey-lemon blend sit on your nail area for about 20 to 30 minutes.

Step 3. Rinse and dry your hands

mositurize to strengthen your brittle nails

After 20 or 30 minutes, rinse the sticky honey off your hands with water. Dry your hands on a soft towel and apply a light moisturizer to seal the moisture in.

Additional Tips

  • These methods give the best results when done at night before going to bed, as it gives your nails adequate time to absorb the moisture and heal the damage. You can wear gloves to ensure that the natural moisturizers do not rub off onto your bedding.
  • If you don’t have manicure gloves or don’t want to ruin your good pair with oil stains, you can wear old cotton socks on your hands overnight. Old lone socks come in very handy for this purpose.
  • During the daytime, wear manicure gloves for at least 1 hour after deep-moisturizing your nails for better results.
  • Try keeping your nails short and polish-free until their health and strength improve. Also, wear gloves while doing household chores.
  • While you need to protect your nails from heavy water exposure, you should increase your daily intake of water to hydrate your body and thus your nails from within.
  • Egg yolks, tomatoes, milk, yeast and liver along with some fruits, beans, nuts and meats contain vitamin B7 or biotin. When incorporated into your diet, these foods can help promote cell growth, resulting in stronger and healthier nails.

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