Are you battling with nails prone to breaking, splitting or peeling? You are definitely not alone. Brittle nails are the most common beauty ailments these days. Every woman strives for beautiful nails but approximately 3 out of every 10 women have brittle nails.
I know it is very painful to see your nails break one after the other when you finally have your nails of the desired length and you have spent a long time growing them. It also breaks your heart every time you cross a nail art shop because your brittle nails do not allow you to follow such beauty trends.
It is said that your hands and fingernails are one of the few things people generally notice during your first meets. Thus, brittle nails can make you self-conscious. It is very important to maintain your nails as they are well shown off during your daily chores like when you gesture while talking, hold up a cup/glass, etc.
Brittle nails can be caused by a number of reasons. It can be genetic as well. Aging, your obsession with nail paints, exposure to water, weather conditions, dehydration, etc can all cause havoc on your nails. Brittle nails can also be caused due to some nutritional deficiencies and trauma. It is also associated with diseases like hyperthyroidism, psoriasis, anemia, eczema, fungal infections and endocrine disorders.
These terrible, ugly brittle nails and your self-consciousness can force you to run to your dermatologist or cosmetologist. Instead of running into a very expensive nail treatment that can cost you a fortune why don’t you run back home and find some life-saving remedies in your kitchen cabinets?
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Here Are 10 Natural Remedies to Cure Brittle Nails
1) Daily Oil Soaking
Oil has many benefits to offer for a human body. Apart from effectively moisturizing the skin and hair, it is one of the most inexpensive beauty treatments that penetrates and repairs your ugly and weak brittle nails. Coconut and Virgin Olive oil should be your only choices.
How to use?
Soak your fingernails in virgin olive oil or coconut oil for 10 minutes, every day and you will see the difference. Follow this remedy for several weeks until your nails become healthy and strong.
2) Apple Cider Vinegar
Apple cider vinegar is another remedy, easily available that can do wonders. Organic Apple cider vinegar is loaded with nutrients, which are essential for the whole body, like vitamins, potassium, magnesium, calcium, and iron. Apple cider vinegar also has malic and acetic acids which help in keeping nail infections at bay.
How to use?
Mix equal proportions of water and apple cider vinegar in a bowl and soak your fingernails in the solution for about 10 minutes. Follow the procedure every day and you will find your nails stronger and healthier.
Dehydration is one of the leading causes of brittle nails. Vaseline or any other petroleum jelly is the best friend for our skin. Applying Vaseline on your nails helps it to hold moisture around and under our nails, thereby, preventing its dehydration.
How to use?
Rub/ Apply Vaseline on your nails at night before going to bed to prevent it from splitting and keep them hydrated. You can also slip a pair of thin gloves on your hands before going to bed. Follow the process for 1-2 months for best results.
4) Milk Bath
Milk is an easily available natural source of protein and calcium that helps in fortifying your fingernails. The calcium present in the milk strengthens the nails, hence, preventing them from breaking and peeling. Milk bath also helps in maintaining the white color of the nails.
How to use?
Immerse your nails in a bowl of milk (lukewarm) for around 5 minutes daily. You can also mix egg yolks with milk to strengthen your nails further.
5) Sea Salt Soaking
Sea salt, as commonly used has many healing properties. Along with strengthening your brittle nails, it can also add shine to them.
How to use?
Mix 2-4 tablespoons of sea salt in a bowl along with some warm water. You can also add a few drops of wheat germ oil, if you have it, for better results. Immerse your nails for about 10 minutes. Follow these steps two or three times a week and you’ll see the magic happen.
6) Tea Tree Oil
Brittle nails can also be caused due to some fungal infections. Tea tree is a powerful antiseptic and a brilliant moisturizer, not only fights with such infections but also helps in treating discolored nails.
How to use?
Mix ½ teaspoon of Vitamin E and a few drops of tea tree oil. Apply the mixture on each of your nails and leave it for 30 minutes. Follow the steps several times a week for few months and you can get rid of your ugly brittle nails.
7) Proper Diet
Irrespective of all sorts of nourishing treatments, a healthy diet is a must for strong and beautiful nails. Make sure your diet consists of food rich in biotin, proteins, minerals, healthy fat and Vitamin A, B, C, D and E. Cauliflower, peanuts, lentils, avocado, whole grains, cooked eggs, etc. must be added to your diet.
8) Wearing Gloves
Already mentioned, water can do disaster with your nails. The reason behind it is very simple. Our nails expand when they are exposed to water, while they contract when drying. This process of expansion and contraction makes our nails weak and brittle. To avoid your nails from any further damage, just simply start wearing gloves while doing chores that involve water, especially while washing clothes and dishes as detergents are very harsh on your fingernails.
Massaging your nails in a circular motion stimulates the blood flow and helps your nails to grow stronger. You can use all kinds of moisturizers or coconut/olive oil for massaging your fingernails. Prefer massaging your nails regularly right before you go to bed.
Keeping the edges of your nails rounded, reduces the chances of their breakage. However, it is suggested to file your nails in a single direction, as the back and forth movement of the filer, weakens the nail.
It is strongly suggested not to use falsies for a quick fix of your brittle nails. They further damage your nails, even worsening the situation. When it comes to brittle fingernails, just raid your kitchen cabinets and turn to natural sources to strengthen them rather than investing into fancy, expensive nail treatments.