If your nails have a tendency to peel or break, a few changes in diet and nail care can help them grow strong and healthy. If you frequently immerse your nails in water or bite them, they can weaken and split easily. Implementing a consistent nail-care regimen can help strengthen your fingernails as they grow. Occasional professional manicures supplemented by home upkeep can help you achieve healthy nails.
Trim your nails regularly with clean, sharp nail clippers. Dull clippers can cause your nails to tear. Trim your nails straight across, then buff away any rough edges with a micro-smooth emery board. File your nails in one direction rather than running the file back and forth.
Take a daily multivitamin high in calcium and vitamin B. If you want to take a special nail-strengthening supplement, look for one containing biotin. If you take nutritional supplements, try adding 2.5 mg of biotin a day to fight weak and splitting nails. If you prefer to get biotin from food, try egg yolks, yeast and wheat bran.
Soak your nails weekly in a dish of warm vegetable oil, such as olive or safflower oil. For extra nourishment, add a few drops of vitamin E oil. If you prefer not to soak, give yourself a hand massage with vitamin E lotion. Rub from the palm of your hand to your fingertips to promote circulation to the nails.
Wear rubber gloves when cleaning. Hot water, cleansers and abrasives can weaken your nails, keeping them from growing long even if you’re taking supplements and getting regular manicures.
Get regular professional manicures to have your nails trimmed and shaped correctly. Your manicurist can apply a strengthening treatment to help reinforce brittle nails. Avoid artificial nails, as the glue can weaken your real ones.