How to Strengthen Weak Nails

Updated February 23, 2018

It can be frustrating if you are trying to grow your nails, as they continually break or tear off whenever they reach beyond your nail bed. Weak nails are caused by a number of things, including malnutrition, heredity causes and regular biting. However, all hope is not lost; you can improve the strength of your nails by diligently taking care of them and following a few tricks of the trade.

Apply moisturiser to your nails and cuticle. Similar to your skin, dry nails need moisture, and rubbing hand moisturiser on your nails and cuticles a few times a day can help them to become less brittle.

Trim your nails regularly to keep them somewhat short and manicured. Weak nails that are allowed to grow too long can easily tear, making the situation worse. The nails can also tear below the nail bed, which can be painful as well as expose your finger to the possibility of an infection.

Apply a nail hardener to your nails. Nail hardeners are available at your nail salon, chemist and beauty supply store and serve the purpose of strengthening your nails to help them become less brittle. Avoid nail hardeners that contain toluene sulfonamide or formaldehyde, which can irritate your skin, according to the Mayo Clinic.

Take a 2.5 mg biotin supplement every day. Biotin is in the B-complex family of vitamins and helps to improve the strength and thickness of your hair and nails.

Go for regular manicures and wear nail polish. Your manicurist can help you to avoid breaks and tears in your nails by keeping them properly filed, and nail polish can help to lock in moisture.

Avoid overuse of nail polish remover, and try to keep it to once a week. Nail polish removers can be drying, and overuse can cause your nails to become even weaker. Avoid using nail polish removers with acetone, advises the Mayo Clinic.

Things You'll Need

  • Moisturiser
  • Nail trimmer
  • Nail hardener
  • Biotin supplement
  • Manicurist
  • Nail polish
  • Nail polish remover
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About the Author

Beth Rifkin has been writing health- and fitness-related articles since 2005. Her bylines include "Tennis Life," "Ms. Fitness," "Triathlon Magazine," "Inside Tennis" and others. She holds a Bachelor of Business Administration from Temple University.