Are you among those unfortunate ones whose nails always look dull and unhealthy, despite what you do? Or are you among those whose nails are prone to breaking?
Either way, you aren’t the only victim. Weak nails are a sign of dietary issues or improper care. They become brittle when neglected and dry out. Another cause may be the frequent use of chemicals, like nail colours and detergents, stealing the nails of their natural moisture and protein. If not brittle, there is no uniformity in length and discoloration is also common. On the other hand, healthy-looking nails are free from
any pits or grooves, less prone to breakage and grow proportionally.
It’s time to bid goodbye to all your nail problems! So what to do?
Not rip off your hair, surely! With a proper nail care routine, few dietary changes and some simple but effective home remedies, one can permanently fix this issue forever. But before we begin, remember that it won’t happen overnight. Patience is the key.
Olive oil is an excellent natural remedy for weak nails. When applied, the oil moisturizes the nails, softens cuticles, repairs and damages and makes nails healthier and stronger over time.
Warm up some olive oil in a bowl and dip your fingers in it for 15 minutes. Continue to gently massage, so that the oil completely covers the nails. Repeat 2 to 3 times per day for quicker results.
Promising similar results, coconut oil too, helps in the nourishment of brittle nails. When using the purest form, the saturated fats moisturize the nails, preventing them from many different infections.
Warm up some coconut oil and massage each nail gently for about 5 to 7 minutes. This will greatly improve the blood circulation while nourishing the nails. Repeat 2 to 3 times per day to achieve quick results.
Lemon juice helps in the strengthening of brittle nails and improves their condition. It completely clears small white lines and brightens the nails, making them appear shinier and whiter than normal.
Take one tablespoon of fresh juice and mix in three tablespoons of olive oil. Heat up the mixture in a small bowl for a few seconds and apply it on your nails using a cotton swab. This needs to be done every night before going to bed for about three consecutive weeks to notice effective results.
Tea Tree Oil
Tea tree oil has antiseptic properties that help in preventing and treating fungal infections that cause the nails to break or lose their natural whiteness. it also strengthens and repairs damaged nails.
Take a bowl of water and heat it for a few seconds in the microwave. Once medium hot, pour a few drops of tea tree oil in the water and soak your nails for about 3-5 minutes in the solution. This practice needs to be carried out a few times a week, preferably three.
Lastly, green tea is also another effective home remedy to get stronger and healthier-looking nails. The antioxidants in green tea help in strengthening the nails while preventing them to break. It is also beneficial in getting rid of any discoloration from the nails, especially when they become pale and yellow.
Simmer a cup of green tea on stove and upon brewing, set it aside to cool down. Once at room temperature, soak your nails for about 10 to 15 minutes before drying them off with a clean piece of cloth or washing them. This remedy needs to be repeated twice every week to ensure positive results.