No More Brittle Nails!

Do your nails break frequently? As disappointing as it is right after a perfect manicure or growing them to just the right length, breaking a nail isn’t always just due to an accident. In fact, at least three out of 10 women have weak nails that are especially prone to breaking, peeling and splitting. 

Medical causes for brittle/weak nails are vitamin or protein deficiencies and dehydration, while the condition may also be due to insufficient moisturizing, excessive soaking, too much nail polish or incorrect filing. Whatever the reason, here are some ways to cure weak nails right at home!

Olive oil soak
A versatile ingredient that can help the skin, hair and the digestive system, olive oil also helps strengthening nails. Simply soak your nails in extra virgin olive oil for 10 minutes every day, and see your nails grow stronger.

Hot oil treatment
A hot oil and lemon treatment is an effective way to better nourish nails. Add a few drops of lemon juice to some warm olive oil and place the cotton dipped in this mixture on your nail. Secure with a piece of foil, leave on for 10 minutes, and remove. Try this weekly for best results.

Sea salt soak
Commonly used in a bath for its rejuvenating properties, sea salt helps heal your nails, too. Add four teaspoons of sea salt to warm water and soak your nails in it for 10 minutes. You can add a few drops of wheat germ oil, too. You’ll soon notice that your nails are not as weak as before.

Milk treatment
The calcium content in milk strengthens nails. So treat your nails with milk to prevent them from splitting or peeling, while simultaneously preserving their whiteness. Soak your nails in warm milk or in a mixture with egg yolks for 5 minutes for best results.

Tea tree oil application
Tea tree oil is used in an abundance of remedies, from clearing up acne to treating chicken pox. Said to be an effective antiseptic and moisturizer, applying a few drops of tea tree oil to your nails, a few times a week, will condition your cuticles and heal the cracked skin around them.

Vaseline application
One of the causes of brittle nails is dehydration. Considering that nails dry out quickly, using Vaseline will keep them hydrated and prevent them from splitting. Apply once a day for good results.

Healthy diet
A proper diet is a must for healthy and beautiful nails. Foods such as cauliflower, peanuts and lentils, which contain Vitamin B (biotin specifically), are best for strengthening your nails. Since saturated fats are also essential for healthy nails, incorporating avocado and coconut oil into your diet will also help.

Proper filing
Filing your nails in a round shape is better than sharp and edgy filing. This way, your nails are far less likely to break. Keep in mind to file in one direction only; a back-and-forth motion will weaken your nails.

Regular massage
Massaging your nails in a circular motion will stimulate blood flow and enable them to grow stronger.While you can use any moisturiser, one with shea butter is a better option.

Wearing gloves
Wearing gloves for all household chores can prevent your nails from getting damaged. Science says that nails tend to expand in water and contract while drying, thereby making the nails weak and brittle. This doesn’t mean that you should avoid water altogether; just use gloves to protect your nails from over drying and from the damage caused by detergents.

As they say, prevention is better than cure. These simple tips will help keep your nails strong and healthy.           -- Sumana