Whether you like to apply nail polish or not, if you want to keep your nails long or short, shiny and strong nails indicate you are healthy and gives you a sense of confidence. Though not all of us are blessed with beautiful looking nails, there is always room for improvement. In this list, we bring to you the top 10 natural ways to fix brittle and weak nails.
1. Olive Oil
Olive oil is one versatile commodity that offers endless health benefits. Similarly, olive oil is highly capable of penetrating, moisturizing, nourishing, and repairing your nails. Rich in Vitamin E, olive oil stimulates your nail growth. All you have got to do is soak your nails in olive oil for 8 – 10 minutes a day to see the magic happen. You can also add in a few drops of tea tree oil for added effect.
2. Green Tea
3. Jojoba Oil
Jojoba oil is packed with fatty acids, vitamins, antioxidants, and minerals which make this oil particularly effective in making nails thicker and stronger. Take some jojoba oil and massage them on your nails and the surrounding skin for 2-3 minutes.
4. Apple Cider Vinegar
Not only does apple cider vinegar makes for a good culinary commodity but loaded with calcium, iron, vitamins, and potassium, it also works as an antidote to brittle and weak nails. Combine equal parts of vinegar and water and soak your fingers in it for a couple of minutes. Do this every day for a few weeks and you would find your nails straightening up and your cuticles getting softer.
5. Orange Juice
The citrus present in orange juice strengthens your nail like no other products. The vitamin C boosts collagen production making your nails stronger than ever. Take some freshly squeezed orange juice and apply it directly on your nails. Leave it one for over 5 minutes and wash it off with a gentle cleanser. You can also swap orange with lemon juice.
Dehydration can often be thought of as the primary cause of brittle nails. If you even have the habit of applying a bit of nail polish, you might have noticed that your nails dry out way too quick. Rub Vaseline on your nails at night to avoid splitting and to keep them moisturized.
7. Coconut Oil
Coconut oil is a good antioxidant with antibacterial and antifungal properties that protects your nails from the negative effects of free radicals. Massage coconut oil on your nails and the surrounding skin until it’s fully absorbed.
If your nails suffer from additional issues such as peeling or splitting, there is no better way to fix them than immerse your nails in a bowl of warm milk for 5 minutes. The calcium present in the milk also leaves your nails looking whiter. Additionally, if you really want to toughen up your nails, add in an extra dose of egg yolks and the protein will do its work.
9. Vitamin E
Vitamin E oil is good for not just your nails, but your nail bed as well. It repairs and straightens the damaged nails, and heals the cuticles. It also improves blood circulation and accelerates nail growth. Apply the oil directly to your nail and nail beds and leave it until completely absorbed.
10. Sea Salt
Commonly used in the bath, the healing and rejuvenating properties of seas salt is not unfamiliar to us all. Combine around 4 teaspoons of sea salt with warm water and a few drops of wheat germ oil. You can skip using the wheat germ oil if you don’t have any. Soak your nails in this solution for 10 minutes and start seeing the results.