All women want strong and/or long fingernails, that’s evidenced by the nail salons on every street corner and the amount of money spent on manicures. Short, brittle fingernails is an issue that women deal with and complain about daily. There are things you can do at home to strengthen brittle fingernails and help you have the strong fingernails you’ve always wanted.
Your fingernails need to breathe, continuously keeping nail polish on your fingernails to hide the fact that they are brittle is actually perpetuating the brittleness. Remove your nail polish the night before a manicure and moisturize the fingernails to the max. It’s best if you go a few days without nail polish to allow your fingernails to breathe, but even an overnight breather without nail polish will help diminish the brittleness and strengthen brittle fingernails.
Frequent manicures cause brittle fingernails because nail polish removers contain acetone, which is a drying agent. Use only acetone-free nail polish removers and avoid any fingernail products that contain formaldehyde. Formaldehyde dries out nails causing brittle fingernails and can also cause contact dermatitis.
You can strengthen brittle fingernails with a weekly soak in olive oil. Warm a half cup of olive oil in a shallow bowl and immerse your brittle fingernails for a 15-30 minute soak. Olive oil is a natural oil that is easily absorbed into the fingernails, cuticle and surrounding skin. The absorbed moisture into the fingernail works to strengthen brittle fingernails.
A daily quick soak for brittle fingernails in addition to weekly olive oil soak will help strengthen brittle fingernails quicker. Use bath-oil capsules for a quick daily 5 minute fingernail soak Fill your bathroom sink half full of warm water and break a bath-oil capsule in it. Immerse your brittle fingernails and hands (which likely have dry skin) in the bath-oil rich water. The oil rich water will moisturize and strengthen brittle fingernails and soothing the fragrance from a bath-oil capsule, combined with 5 minutes of ‘me’ time, will refresh you.
Always keep your fingernails moisturized, and one of the best moisturizers to strengthen brittle fingernails is also the least expensive. Vaseline petroleum jelly. A thick layer of Vaseline petroleum jelly massaged into brittle fingernails (and hands) at night before going to bed, then covered with white cotton gloves will work to strengthen brittle fingernails like no other moisturizer can. Petroleum jelly is thick, so it stays where you put it and petroleum jelly acts as an emollient to hold moisture in dry, brittle fingernails.
A thin layer of petroleum jelly used several times a day, massaged into fingernails, will help strengthen brittle fingernails. Petroleum jelly comes in small tubes which makes it easy to carry with you and use often.
5 ways to strengthen brittle fingernails- remove nail polish, with acetone-free products and moisturize, moisturize, moisturize.