Weak and brittle nails are a widespread problem. Learn how to fix it with our easy tips for stronger nails.

Home Remedies for Stronger Nails

1. Egg, Olive Oil and Lemon Juice

Wondering how to make nails harder and stronger? An equal-parts mixture of egg white, olive oil and lemon juice can work wonders for brittle nails. Soak your nails in this mixture for a quarter of an hour every day. The egg white and lemon juice can help strengthen your nails, while the olive oil is a great natural moisturizer. You should be seeing results in a couple of weeks.

2. Iodine

A concentrated form of liquid iodine is another great natural remedy for brittle nails. Soak your nails in the solution for ½ an hour and take it off with nail polish remover.

Olive Oil For Strong Nails

3. Tea

Pondering how to make nails harder and stronger? Mix 2 teaspoons of loose tea (green tea works best) with a few drops of wheat oil, add a pinch of salt. Apply this to your nails for 5 minutes. Wipe it off with a dry cloth. You should do this daily for strong and healthy nails.

4. Olive Oil

Not sure how to make nails harder and stronger? It is essential to keep them moisturized. Warm 1/2 cup of olive oil and soak your nails in it. Massage it in thoroughly. Leave the oil on your hands for about 15 minutes. Rinse it off with warm water. Repeat this daily. For very dry nails, you can do it three to four times a day.

5. Gloves and Petroleum Jelly

You can also use petroleum jelly to moisturize your nails. Apply a healthy coating of petroleum jelly on your fingernails and leave it on through the night (put on cotton gloves as you go to sleep). This treatment is very effective in winter when nails are more prone to drying out. Rinse it off in the morning and repeat the procedure every night.

6. Use Acetone Sparingly

Wondering “why are my nails so brittle?” Frequent manicures (acrylic nails in particular) and excessive use of acetone can also make your nails dry and weak. Use nail polish remover sparingly to help prevent this.

Nail Polish Remover

7. Short Nails

Pondering how to make nails harder and stronger? The shorter the nails, the stronger they tend to be. If you have brittle nails, cut them down to size and give them some time to regenerate before growing them out.

8. Protect Your Nails

Wondering how to make nails harder and stronger? A good place to start would be protecting your nails. Don't use your nails as a screwdriver. Always wear gloves when doing housework or doing the dishes. 

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