Amazing Home Remedies To Treat Brittle Nails

By Mamta Khati

When nails break, it can be very painful. Brittle nails are a common problem faced by both men and women. What causes nails to break? There are many factors like ageing, over-exposure to chemicals, frequent hand washing, dehydration, frequent use of nail polish, or even scratching your pet.

10 Useful Home Remedies To Treat Brittle Nails

There are other reasons that can cause brittle nails, like fungal infection, eczema, anaemia, and psoriasis. Whatever may be the reason, it can be very frustrating when your nails break. Let's not worry too much now because in this article we will provide you with some homemade remedies that will help you make your nails stronger. Let's take a look.


Coconut Oil

Coconut oil strengthens and moisturizes the cuticles and avoids your nails from breaking. It makes your nails stronger and shinier.

How To Use:

  1. Apply warm coconut oil to your nails.
  2. Massage it for 5-10 minutes.
  3. Massaging helps to improve blood circulation and the oil keeps your nails hydrated.
  4. Follow this process 2-3 times in a day for best results.

Vitamin E

Weak nails are caused due to lack of moisture. Vitamin E helps in restoring moisture and makes your nails healthy and strong.

How To Use:

  1. Extract the oil from a vitamin E capsule.
  2. Apply the oil all over your nails.
  3. Massage it for 2-3 minutes.
  4. For best result, follow this procedure every day before going to bed.

Hot Oil Massage:

Hot oil massage nourishes both your nails and cuticles and provides protection from the breakage.

How To Use:

  1. Use natural oils like olive oil, castor oil, coconut oil, sunflower oil, etc.
  2. Mix all the ingredients.
  3. Heat the ingredients till it's warm.
  4. Dip your nails into the mixture till the oil cools off.
  5. Wash your hands with normal water.
  6. Dry your hands with a clean towel.
  7. For better results, follow this procedure twice a week before going to bed.

Green Tea:

Green tea is rich in antioxidants, which promotes healthy and strong nails.

How To Use:

  1. Add a cup of water in a pot.
  2. Boil the water and add a few green tea leaves.
  3. Allow it to cool for a little while.
  4. Dip your nails in this tea for 10-15 minutes until it cools off.
  5. Do it twice in a week.
  6. Another easy method, add 2-3 teaspoons of green tea in a bowl.
  7. Mix it with a few drops of wheat germ oil and salt.
  8. Soak your nails in the mixture for 5-10 minutes.
  9. Dry it off with a clean towel.
  10. Repeat it for 2-3 times in a week.


Tomatoes are rich in lycopene and biotin, which helps in promoting nail growth and prevents your nail from breaking.

How To Use:

  1. Put one whole tomato in a blender.
  2. Make it into a thick puree.
  3. Transfer it into a bowl.
  4. Add a few drops of olive oil to the puree.
  5. Soak your nails in the mixture for 10 minutes.
  6. Wipe your nails with a clean towel.
  7. Repeat this process every day for great results.

Apple Cider Vinegar:

Apple cider vinegar contains various nutrients like potassium, magnesium, iron and calcium, which are good for your nails. They make your nails healthy and strong and prevent them from breaking. It also contains malic acid and acetic acid which aid in fighting nail infection.

How To Use:

  1. Add equal parts of water and apple cider vinegar in a bowl.
  2. Dip your fingers in the mixture for 10 minutes.
  3. Dry your fingers with a clean cloth.
  4. Follow this process every day for better results.

Egg Yolk And Honey Mask:

Egg yolk contains proteins that help in strengthening your nails. Honey, on the other hand, contains anti-inflammatory and anti-fungal properties that help in treating nail infections.

How To Use:

  1. Mix 1 egg yolk with 1 tablespoon of honey.
  2. Add a little bit of water to the mixture.
  3. Make sure that your mixture is not runny.
  4. Apply it to your nails and leave it for about 10 minutes.
  5. Rinse it off with normal water.

Flax Seeds:

Flax seeds contain healthy components like vitamin B, potassium, magnesium and omega-3 fatty acids. These components make your nails healthy and strong.

How To Use:

  1. Rub flax seed oil on your nails.
  2. Massage it for a few minutes.
  3. Repeat this process every day before going to bed.


If you are a beer lover, spare a little bit for your nails. Beer contains potassium, magnesium, selenium, which strengthen and nourish your nails.

How To Use:

  1. Add half a cup of beer in a bowl.
  2. Mix ¼th cup of apple cider vinegar to it.
  3. Now, heat a little bit of olive oil.
  4. Mix all the ingredients properly.
  5. Soak your fingers in it for about 10-15 minutes.
  6. Repeat this process every once in a week.

Sea Salt:

Sea salt has many healing properties that are very good for your nails. It makes your nails strong and adds shine to your nails.

How To Use:

  1. In a bowl, add warm water and two tablespoons of sea salt.
  2. Soak your fingers in the water for about 15-20 minutes.
  3. Wipe your hands with a clean towel.
  4. Repeat this process every day and see the result for yourself

How To Strengthen Nails:

Here are a few steps which you can follow for strong nails:

Diet: A few changes in your lifestyle can do wonders to your nails. Add proteins, mineral, vitamins to your diet, like egg, cauliflower, almond, lentils, soybeans, milk, etc.

Exercise: Regular exercise helps in blood circulation. This will make your nails healthy and strong.

Water: Keep yourself hydrated. Drink plenty of water.

Groom your nails: File your nails regularly. This will help your nails from breaking and peeling.

Gloves: Use gloves while washing clothes and dishes. This will protect your nails from the harsh content present in soaps and detergents.


  • Be careful while applying nail colour. Make sure that it does not contain harmful chemicals like acetone and formaldehyde.
  • Avoid using hand sanitizers with high alcohol content. This will make your nails brittle.
  • Nail polish remover also makes your nails turn brittle. Avoid using them.
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