Strengthen Brittle Nails

Remember your nails aren't just tools for opening cans or scratching off labels. All these actions end up weakening them and causing breakage in the long run.

Do your nails break easily? Can’t keep your hands as beautiful as you’d like? Are your nails week? Do they break off in layers?

Then read the following article where we’ll show you some excellent home remedies for brittle nails.

Weak, brittle nails: why?

Working around the house, not wearing gloves while using cleaning products, lack of moisture, fungus and the cold are just a few of the reasons nails break… always on the edge of the finger where it hurts the most.

Women do a lot of work around the house and at the job and they want to look good while doing it. This include the hands, and of course, the nails. How do you keep them from breaking? For starters, take a look at these tips and change some of your habits:

Always wear gloves while washing the dishes

This also goes for scrubbing the floors, washing windows, etc. Cleaning products contain chemicals that damage the skin and nails. In addition, constant contact with hot or cold water isn’t good for the hands.

Eat more protein and fatty acids

Many times the nails are weak because the body lacks essential nutrients.  Maybe you need to take a closer look at your diet. Start including white meats, eggs, leafy greens and soy to add more protein to your diet. Fatty acids can be found in nuts, dairy products, oils and seeds.

Instantly repair nails

If you break a nail, you can cut or file it, but it will look different from your other nails. Try applying a drop of glue and place a piece of teabag paper on top. When dry, just file it smooth and paint over it with clear nail polish.

Keep your nails trimmed short

On top of being the trend these days, keeping your nails short will prevent them from breaking so easily. Don’t scrape off the nail polish when it begins to flake as this can weaken the surface.

Be careful with nail products

Nail polish remover is really harsh on the nails. Limit its use to once a week or try natural alternatives like a cotton ball and essential oils.

Avoid using artificial nails because they weaken the original nail and removing them tears off part of the surface. We recommend not always keeping your nails painted. Let them rest for at least a day a week (Sunday, for example).

Don’t use your nails like tools

They’re not scissors, lid openers, label removers, or cleaning tools. Use the right tools for these jobs. Using your nails for daily tasks weakens them.

Don’t chew your nails or put them in your mouth

Chewed nails aren’t pretty and you don’t want to transfer all the germs from your fingers into your mouth. These bad habits weaken and soften nails.

Manicure your nails once a week

You can go to a beauty salon or do it yourself at home. Don’t forget to exfoliate well, file and massage with essential oils (or olive oil).

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Natural remedies for brittle nails

In addition to changing your habits to improve the health of your nails, you can take advantage of nature by using the following natural remedies:



It helps strengthen the nails and avoid infection and fungus. The only thing you need to do is cut an onion in half and put the nails in for 5 minutes.

Don’t wash your hands for at least 2 hours. It’d be even better if you could do this treatment at night, at least three times a week.


It contains properties similar to onions. It will help the nails grow faster and stronger.


  • 1 clove of garlic
  • 1 cup water
  • The juice of 1 lemon


Crush the garlic and put it in a saucepan with the water. Let most of the water boil away. Remove from heat and add the lemon juice. Pour into a clean container with a lid and put in the fridge for a few hours.

Soak a cotton ball in the liquid and wet each nail (without polish). Repeat every other day, always at night so it can work until morning.

Olive oil


Not only will it strengthen your nails, it will also soften your hands.


  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 5 drops lemon juice


Put the oil into a saucepan over low heat. When warm, add the lemon juice. Soak a cotton ball and apply to the nails. Let work for 5 minutes, then put on some cotton gloves. Wear them to bed and you won’t have to rinse in the morning (they’ll already be dry).

Also read: 10 New and Surprising Uses for Extra Virgin Olive Oil


This herb is perfect for brittle nails. It can be used on its own or mixed with other plants. One way of taking advantages of its benefits is by making a tea.


  • 1 tablespoon horsetail
  • 1 cup boiling water


Make a tea like you normally would. When warm, filter it and soak your fingers in the cup for 10 minutes. Rub the cuticles as well. Let dry without rinsing. Repeat 4 times a week.

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