Treat Brittle Nails with These 5 Home Nail Remedies

If you have brittle nails it's important not to use them as a tool for opening things or scratching surfaces. You should also avoid biting them and keep them well hydrated.
Treat Brittle Nails with These 5 Home Nail Remedies

Last update: 19 October, 2018

Did you know that you can treat brittle nails with home remedies? Most people worry about keeping their nails healthy because they say so much about us. Despite this, it’s sometimes difficult to keep them in good condition, since they’re easily affected by environmental factors and your nutrition.

Sure, there are many cosmetic products that can help strengthen them, but sometimes, it’s better to use some alternative treatments to stop them breaking or being brittle.

Although a conventional manicure helps make your nails look prettier, it’s important to moisturize them, nourish them, and take other steps, too.

In this article, we want to share five interesting home nail remedies so you can keep them looking healthy without spending too much!

1. Coconut Oil and Lemon Juice

Coconut and lemons lying on leaves

Coconut oil is rich in fatty acids, amino acids, and antioxidants which strengthen weak and brittle nails. Combining it with lemon juice helps avoid infections and gets rid of yellow stains.


  • ¼ cup of coconut oil (50 g)
  • The juice of ½ lemon


  • Heat the coconut oil until it’s the right temperature to use.
  • Add the lemon juice and mix well.

How to Use

  • Pour the mixture into a bowl and submerge your nails for 10 minutes.
  • Repeat this every night before you go to bed.

2. Apple Cider Vinegar

Organic apple cider vinegar is one of the best natural treatments for improving the condition of your nails. Its acid compounds combat fungus and prevent brittleness.

At the same time, it also provides vitamins, minerals and antioxidant compounds which provide extra nutrition to the surface of your nails.


  • ¼ cup of apple cider vinegar (62 ml)
  • ¼ cup of water (62 ml)


  • Dilute the apple cider vinegar in an equal part of water.

How to Use

  • Pour the mixture into a bowl and submerge your nails for 15 minutes.
  • Repeat this at least 3 times a week.

3. Almond Oil and Vitamin E

Brittle Nails

This moisturising treatment is perfect if your nails a brittle due to a lack of hydration. Its compounds are easily absorbed through the cuticles and help to regenerate the deterioration.


  • ¼ cup of almond oil (50 ml)
  • One vitamin E capsule


  • Mix the almond oil with the contents of the vitamin E capsule.

How to Use

  • Put the mixture in a bowl and submerge your nails for 15 minutes.
  • As another option, you can soak a brush in the treatment and use it to scrub your nails.
  • Repeat this treatment every night before going to bed.

4. Horsetail Infusion

We’ve talked about the medicinal qualities of horsetail many times before. However, many people still don’t know that it has important uses relating to beauty.

It provides a significant amount of silicon, an essential mineral, which strengthens the nails and stops them becoming dry, weak, and brittle. Furthermore, if you use it regularly, you’ll reduce cracking and white marks.


  • 2 tablespoons of horsetail (30 g)
  • 1 cup of water (250 ml)


  • Tip the horsetail into a cup of boiling water.
  • Cover the infusion and leave it to cool for 15 minutes.

How to Use

  • When the infusion is warm, submerge your nails in it for 20 minutes.
  • Repeat this at least 3 times a week.

5. Sea Salt and Wheat Germ Oil

A bowl of sea salt next to a bottle of wheat germ oil

Although many people ignore it in their beauty routineyour nails also need to be exfoliated. Particles accumulate on the surface which cause it to gradually deteriorate.

Sea salt is perfect for adding to this treatment because of its texture and nutrients. Applying it directly will get rid of dead cells, smooth your cuticles, and leave your nails looking shiny.


  • 2 tablespoons of sea salt (30 g)
  • 3 tablespoons of wheat germ oil (45 g)


  • Mix the sea salt with the wheat germ oil until you obtain a paste.

How to Use

  • Smoothly massage the paste over your nails for 3 to 5 minutes.
  • Leave the mixture to work for 10 minutes more and then rinse.
  • Use this 2 or 3 times a week.

Do your nails looked chipped or weak? Do they break easily? Try some of these home nail remedies to solve these problems and keep them looking beautiful!

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