Having weak nails can be really frustrating- both for aesthetics and for simple tasks like opening cans! Plus, broken nails can be extremely painful depending on how deep they go.
However, rebuilding and strengthening your nails will take, above all, time. You can’t expect them to clear up overnight. The weak parts of your nails need to grow out to make way for the stronger nail.
Here are the best ways to help strengthen weak nails.
1. Stop Biting Your Nails
This is one of the hardest tips on the list to do – at least at the start. I have a whole blog on how to stop biting your nails, but it’s definitely harder than most people would think. But biting your nails causes them to become weak and brittle, and is one of the most common reasons for weak nails. It’s worth a try!
2. Take Biotin And/Or A Multivitamin
One of the most common tips I’ve seen is to take a biotin supplement. Biotin helps improve the growth and strength of hair and nails. It’s a great supplement and does frequently help with hair and nail health.
However, biotin isn’t an end all be all. Often, weak nails (and thinning hair) can be traced back to diet – trace vitamins and minerals that you don’t always get in your everyday food. Obviously, the best way to fix this is to make sure you get all of your necessary vitamins and minerals.
But this isn’t always realistic, so a high quality multivitamin can show great results over time if you take it regularly.
3. Keep Your Nails Trimmed
Shorter nails are less likely to break in general than longer ones, first of all. Less surface to press against something. If you’re in a sport that causes broken nails – such as rock climbing or bouldering, you may want to keep them clipped as closely as possible.
Also, keeping up with maintenance on your nails helps keep them healthy. Make sure you trim and file them at least monthly, either at home or at a salon.
4. Avoid Fake Nails
Acrylics, gels, or even plastic fake nails from the drugstore can weaken your nails significantly. If you’re working on strengthening your own nails, you should avoid any forms of fake nails.
5. Keep Your Hands, Fingers, and Nails Moisturized
When you’re working on keeping your hands moisturized, don’t skip your nails! Your lotions can help prevent loss of moisture in your hands, especially in the dry winter months and after washing your hands.
If you use a lot of hand sanitizer, try to avoid getting a lot of it on your nails. The alcohol will dry your nails and cuticles out more than regular soap and water do.
Using cuticle oil daily can also help if you tend to have dry and cracked cuticles.
6. Stay Hydrated
While lotions and oils are great, the best hydration starts inside. Make sure you’re drinking enough water every day and it will help keep your nails strong (as well as help you stay healthy in general!)
If you don’t like plain water, consider cutting up some fruit in it or getting water flavoring powders/liquids.
7. File Your Nails in One Direction
If you file your nails with a back and forth sawing motion, it makes them more prone to breakage. Instead, file your nails in one direction.
8. Wear Gloves When Cleaning or Doing Dishes
Cleaning chemicals, and even many dish soaps can cause drying and breakage. Plus, most of them wreak havoc on a manicure! Make sure you’re wearing gloves when cleaning and doing dishes to protect your hands and nails.
9. Use Base and Top Coats
When you paint your nails, use base and top coats to protect and strengthen them. Try to find products that don’t have problematic chemicals in them so you don’t have to worry as much about your nail polish itself.
10. Don’t Peel Off Nail Polish
When your nail polish starts to chip, take it off immediately. Chipping and peeling nail polish takes layers of your nail with it, compromising the integrity of the nail. You’re more prone to breakage and the nails will be weaker.
There we have it! The best ways to help strengthen your nails naturally. Obviously, you may need a little help. In that case, try a nail strengthener. Just avoid ones with formaldehyde!
Which of these tips have you tried? Let me know in the comments!