Brittle, dry or splitting nails are a common health problem affecting both men and women alike. Aging, frequent exposure to water and excessive use of nail polish, dehydration, nutritional deficiencies, exposure to chemicals, dry environment etc. are some of the factors that cause brittle nails.

Here are some home remedies for brittle nails using 7 common kitchen ingredients.

Coconut oil

Coconut oil helps moisturise the nails, improve blood circulation, soften the cuticle and makes them stronger. Massage each nail with warm coconut oil for a minute to prevent dryness and to strengthen them against breaking off.

Sea Salt

Soaking nails in sea salt and water solution is one of the simplest methods to heal brittle nails. Adding lemon juice to the solution is also a healthy alternative.

Almond oil

Almonds are rich in antioxidants and nutrients, which help nourish the nails and prevent brittleness. To a teaspoon of almond oil, add some lemon juice, mix well and massage fingers with it or soak fingers in it for under 2 minutes.

Tomato juice

The antioxidant property and protein content in tomato will strengthen the nail texture and help heal brittle nails. To 2 tablespoons of tomato juice, add 2 drops of rosemary oil and dip nails in this solution for 10 minutes.

Lemon juice

Lemon juice contains Vitamin C that is a powerful antioxidant which fights free radicals to prevent damage. To make use of this benefit for the nails, dip a cotton ball in some freshly squeezed lemon juice, wipe each nail with it and wash nails with warm water.

Olive oil

It helps in the absorption of calcium and improves bone mineralisation to strengthen brittle nails. Just dip your fingers in olive oil for 10 minutes or massage the nails with olive oil.

Apple cider vinegar

Apple cider vinegar contains moisturising compounds which prevents the breaking of nails. Add a tablespoon of apple cider vinegar to 2-3 cups of warm water, dip a cotton ball to the mixture and apply on the nails.