10 Tips to Treat Brittle Nails

There is absolutely no doubt that manicures make the nails appear healthy, feminine and even sophisticated. But as the saying goes that excess of every thing is bad, manicures too can cause damage or even infection to our nails. Women who frequent the nail salon may find themselves left with brittle nails. Frequent application of acrylic products and harsh solvents, such as those found in nail polish removers are to be blamed for it.
Brittle Nails
Brittle nails break or crack very easily. They lack flexibility and moisture. Brittle nails usually have a thicker nail plate and tend to curve as they grow longer. They are often a typical result of aging, but certain diseases and conditions may also cause them to become brittle.

Tips to take care of brittle nails:

Following are some tips to deal with brittle nails and bring them back to a healthy and strong state.

• Apply vegetable oil on the finger tips and massage your nails with it. This would help to strengthen them.
• Use baking soda to clean your nails and soften cuticles. Dip a nailbrush in baking soda and scrub your nails with it.
• Add some salt in lukewarm water. Soak your fingers in that water for some time. Wipe them clean and then apply some moisturizing cream. You may also do the same with tea tree oil for better results.
• Add a few drops of olive oil and lemon juice to a tablespoon of honey. Apply this mixture to the nails before sleeping to treat brittle nails.
• Rub a little vaseline/petroleum jelly on your nails daily before going to bed, and leave overnight.
• Increase the intake of fruits and vegetables to heal the nails from the inside and keep them healthy. Also, include the sufficient amount of vitamin A, iron and calcium in your diet.

Brittle Nails

• Salmon, mackerel, and other cold – water fish contain fatty acids, which the body uses to strengthen the nails.
• Always wear gloves to protect your hands while washing the dishes or doing any task that requires dipping the hands in water. Wearing vinyl gloves, not latex or rubber, keeps your hands safe from coarse materials.
• Avoid the frequent use of acetone based nail polish remover. Acetone quickly removes moisture from the nails and makes them dry.
• Keep your nails short and well trimmed. Long nails are more fragile and break more easily than short ones.

Some facts about nails:

• Your fingernails grow about one-eighth of an inch a month.
• Fingernails grow faster than toenails.
• Nails on the longest fingers grow the fastest.
• If you’re right-handed, nails on that hand grow faster than on your left hand; the opposite is true for lefties.
• Your fingernails will also grow faster during the summer, during pregnancy, and when they are recovering from injury.

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How do you take care of your brittle nails?

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Also read:

How to Take Care of Your Nails
How to Get Perfect Nails
How to Remove Artificial Nails
11 Ways To Make Nail Polish Last Longer on Nails


10 thoughts on “10 Tips to Treat Brittle Nails

  1. a very helpful aritcle :thanks: 4 writing dis 1..i lyk long nails but everytym i try 2 grow them they crack or chip off.. maybe this article will help me :yahoo:

  2. Good article :jiggy1: :jiggy1: ..We read so many articles on how to adorn nails, but very few on how to take care of them.. :whistle:

    My nails also used to be pretty brittle 😕 ..What I do is that while cooking, usually we squeeze lime into the dish na? So usually i take the used half and just tuck my nails into it and rub them in the lime..Then I wait for about 5-10mins b4 washing it off :laugh: ..Works very well..I do this on and off whenever I feel my nails need strengthening.. :yahoo: :yahoo:

  3. very nice article :waytogo: i am suffering with two problems, 🙁 one, my nails are brittle plus they tend to become yellow when they grow long..i don,t even apply nail-paints on them but still they are yellow?!!! :struggle: :(( help-help………….. :pain:

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