10 Natural Ways to Strengthen Your Nails

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Strengthen Nails

Forget harsh, chemical treatments—you can have strong, pretty nails through natural methods.

Even if you’re not obsessed with the latest nail color of gel manicure, split, broken nails aren’t fun. They can even be painful if they break off too low.

Fortunately, you don’t have to spend a mint on spa treatments to have strong, healthy nails that look good even without polish. Try the following tips.

  1. Avoid harsh chemicals: Cleaning products and even nail polishes can contain harsh chemicals that sap nails of moisture and leave them prone to breakage. Wear gloves when cleaning the house (or use natural, eco-friendly cleaners), and always apply moisturizer after you’re done.
  2. Moisturize: Dry hands and cuticles lead to unhealthy, unsightly nails. Particularly if you have your hands in the water a lot every day, your nails can dry out quickly. Get used to slathering moisture on your hands, and add some extra to your cuticles at night. You can make your own cuticle oil with vitamin E and essential oils like frankincense, myrrh, and lemon, or try jojoba, almond, or olive oil.
  3. Trim: If your nails are weak and tend to break easily, trim them back for awhile. Nails that are on the shorter side are less likely to break, giving you time to remedy the situation before they grow out again.
  4. Avoid hand sanitizers: Most contain alcohol, which is drying for nails. Wash with moisturizing soap and water instead. You can also make your own natural hand sanitizer by mixing tea tree oil, witch hazel, lavender essential oil, aloe vera, and vitamin E in a mister or sprayer.
  5. Get enough protein: Nails are made of keratin, which is a type of protein. If you’ve got weak nails that split easily, you may not be getting enough. Try eating more lean meats, fish, quinoa, chickpeas, beans, eggs, and yogurt.
  6. Get enough healthy fats: The body needs good fats to support the growth of strong nails. Add more coconut oil, olive oil, fatty fish, walnuts, flaxseed, eggs, avocados, almonds, and sunflower seeds to your daily diet.
  7. Eat more cauliflower: It is a great source of biotin, which helps strengthen and thicken nails. Other good options include mushrooms, tuna, turkey, Swiss chard, peanut butter, and cheese.
  8. Try horsetail extract: It’s a good source of silica, a mineral that naturally helps strengthen nails and hair. Try a horsetail supplement or enjoy horsetail herb tea. You’ll likely enjoy more healthy hair, as well!
  9. Make your own soak: Soaking your nails in a moisturizing, strengthening solution can help you speed up the process of getting better-looking nails. Try mixing a couple egg yolks with a tablespoon of olive oil and soak nails for about 10 minutes twice a week. You can also add milk, jojoba oil, and/or honey to the mix if you like.
  10. Use gentle polishes: Standard fingernail polishes contain harsh chemicals that actually weaken nails over time. These include alcohol, solvents, and resins that help the color stick to the nail. Many brands contain toluene, formaldehyde and phthalates. Look for brands that don’t use these harsh ingredients.

How do you strengthen your nails? Please share any tips you may have.

Colleen M. Story

Colleen M. Story

Colleen M. Story, a northwest-based writer, editor, and ghostwriter, has been creating non-fiction materials for individuals, corporations, and commercial magazines for over 17 years. She specializes in the health and wellness field, where she writes and ghostwrites books, e-books, blogs, magazine articles, and more.

Colleen is the founder of Writing and Wellness. Her fantasy novel, “Rise of the Sidenah,” was released with Jupiter Gardens Press in September 2015. Her literary novel, “Loreena’s Gift,” is forthcoming in spring 2016 from Dzanc Books. She lives in Idaho. www.colleenmstory.com

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