Home Remedies for Dry Brittle Nails

by Julie Maria Anderson ; Updated September 28, 2017

Try a variety of remedies if you suffer from dry, brittle nails.

Having dry, brittle nails can be very frustrating. Although you can try a short term fix such as keeping your fingernails shorter or, if you are a woman, putting a thick coat of your favorite polish on them, it is more helpful to find a real solution.

Some medical conditions can be responsible for dry brittle nails such as thyroid problems. However, in other cases there may be no known cause for your dry fingernails. You will want to try some home remedies to help with the problem.

Increase Your Vitamin Intake

For some people, dry or brittle nails are a symptom of a vitamin deficiency. In this case, you will want to start by making sure you are eating a balanced diet, including an adequate amount of fruits and vegetables.

Next, purchase a good quality multi-vitamin from your local drug store or a health food store. You should be taking this daily. Also, try increasing your intake of vitamins A and B, as a deficiency of these vitamins has been shown to lead to weaker and more brittle fingernails.

Minerals and Biotin

A lack of adequate iron and calcium can lead to brittle nails. You can drink more milk or consume more dairy products for more calcium in your diet. Foods high in iron include green leafy vegetables, lean red meats, tofu, or vitamin fortified breakfast cereals. You may also purchase an iron or calcium supplement.

Biotin, also known as vitamin H, may increase nail strength. If you choose to take Biotin, the recommended dosage is 1000 mcg. taken with a meal, once in the morning and once in the evening.

Moisturize Hands and Nails

All it may take for some people to remedy their brittle fingernails is extra moisturizing. For this, you may choose to try special moisture lotions found at your drug store. One recommendation is to take a tube of lip balm and rub it several times daily all over your hands and nails. Another idea is to purchase a tube of lanolin, which will also soften your hands and nails. Rub the lanolin into your hands and nails several times per day.

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About the Author

Julie Maria Anderson is an author and website designer from Pennsylvania. She has written for over 5 years for different websites including Associated Content, ghostwriting projects, and her own website on a variety of subjects including health, family and child issues, and education. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Baptist Bible College of PA with an education and journalism emphasis.