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Tips on Healing Brittle Nails

Updated on August 8, 2015

All my life I have struggled to have nice nails. My nails were always so brittle that I couldn't file them with the sandpaper-like files without them shredding my nails apart. When my nails broke they didn't just chip apart, they tore like a piece of paper.

Now after trying many different things I am happy to say I can file my nails and maintain a decent length on them. A few months ago my hairdresser suggested I try to use my natural nails for my wedding rather than acrylics. I thought this was ludicrous, my nails would never look nice enough to be left alone for my wedding day. She handed me a bottle of polish she had in her purse and told me that would fix my nails.

Thanks to my hair stylist I now have healthy, natural nails. I wanted to share what worked because I know the frustration that goes with having brittle nails. I hope you try these tips out and then let me know how it worked for you!

First, you must buy a crystal nail file. This file has such a fine grit to it that it won't shred even the softest of nails. File your nails, either rounded or squared, and then you can move onto the next step.

Now that you have filed your nails you are ready for the miracle polish. I use Nail Tek intensive therapy for soft, peeling nails. This is a weekly process to build your nails back to the healthy nails they should be. Every week start with clean, filed nails and put one layer of polish on them. Do this every day for one week. At the end of the week remover the polish and start over.

Another thing to keep in mind is that sometimes the main reason nails are brittle is because they are dry. While you are filing and polishing make sure you are using a good hand and cuticle lotion. I like using Curel Hand & Cuticle Therapy.

Want to really fix your nails? Make sure you take a good multivitamin. Our diets are often lacking in essential nutrients and our hair and nails are usually key indicators of this. Fix those nutritional gaps and you'll be on your way to beautiful, natural nails in no time!

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    • Greenhousewife profile image

      Greenhousewife 23 months ago

      Hi Nell-

      If you try this and stick with it, you'll have amazing results! Good luck and thanks for stopping by!

    • Nell Rose profile image

      Nell Rose 23 months ago from England

      Great info, my nails definitely need seeing to!

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      Greenhousewife 6 years ago

      Glad you all found this useful! Thanks for reading and commenting!

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      SimpleGiftsofLove 6 years ago from Colorado

      Great hub, great advice. I just took my acrylic nails off after 20 years. Hooray, I like it so much better, but I still have to grow them out. Thanks for writing this.

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      Thomas Silvia 6 years ago from Massachusetts

      All great information and advice to help all those who have brittle nails .

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      Kristin Trapp 6 years ago from Illinois

      No, I have never used one and I have never heard one, but I think I am going to try that too. Thanks for all the tips.

    • Greenhousewife profile image

      Greenhousewife 6 years ago


      I'm glad you found my hub useful. Thank you for your comment. Do you use the glass nail file already? It has made a big difference for me!

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      Kristin Trapp 6 years ago from Illinois

      Thanks for reminding me about nail tek. I have the worst nails and several years ago I tried this product at the recommendation of a spa owner. It was wonderful, but I just got out of the habit of using it. You have inspired me to start again.