Signs that you have brittle nails are:
They snap leaving a straight edge that is smooth (as opposed to a jagged one)
Your nails are hard to bend
They tend to crack
Does this sound like your nails?
The cause of this problem could be an outside factor, your age, or a medical condition.
A common reason is lack of moisture in your nails. Unlike weak nails that suffer from having too much moisture, this nail type does not have enough. The reason for this could be a couple of things such as:
Using nail polish over a long period of time
Over wetting of your nails through washing dishes, long baths or swimming
Exposure to Acetone (found in polish removers) or harsh chemicals
The solution is more moisture. Your nails are crying out for some hydration. Products to help this nail problem fall into two main categories: Creams and lotions or paints.
Nail moisturizers, balms and butters. These fall into the first category. They contain ingredients to moisturize your nails and cuticles. These are the type that you massage into your nails.
Protectors are the second category and are painted onto your nails like a polish. They work by protecting the nail and sealing the moisture in. Make sure you read the label though to check that it is for this nail type. Buying something for weak nails will make your problem worse.
If you are concerned that your nail problem is caused by a medical condition – please see your doctor. They are the best person to talk to about this and can recommend the best course of treatment.
Helpful Tips For Brittle Nails
Moisturize your nails daily. This is especially important in winter when you are exposed to indoor heating. The dry air sucks the moisture out of both your nails and your skin.
Use an acetone free nail polish remover. It may take longer to remove your polish with it. But it is much less drying to your nails than one with acetone in it.
Wear gloves when washing dishes and avoid doing things that will result in your nails soaking in water if possible.
Stay away from harsh chemicals or wear something to protect your nails when using them. These include household cleaning products or ones that you come into contact with at work.