What is useful for fingernails that continue to chip and split?
By Ann from Saginaw, MI
My mother takes 1000mg Biotin tablets daily to help her finger nails. Biotin is also good for hair growth.
Rather than a topical solution, you may want to start taking vitamins. There are some especially formulated for nail and hair health.
Ask your pharmacist to order you a bottle of two of Decolorized iodine. It is iodine without the orange stain. Put a Q-tip in the bottle and swipe each nail with it every day for a month. Then keep doing it a couple of times a week and then once a week and then a couple of times a month. It is amazing how much more healthy and strong your nails become. It is inexpensive and it works. Iodine is used to strengthen horses hooves. It works on people too.
Fish oil! You can take the gel caps one or two a day Nd pop one open with a pin n rub onto each nail entirely everyday. The ones I take internally I also found really add shine and length to my hair as well! =] Good luck!
One of the best remedy to strengthen nails naturally try to use firmfemme Nail Cream from firmfemme.com. I am also using that same product. It has really helped my nails a lot to become stronger and longer and I would definitely recommend it to anyone.
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I am looking for an inexpensive home remedy to strengthen nails.
Patti from Kansas City, MO
I happened to read Heloise Hints in a newspaper one week and her solution was white iodine. It worked a partial miracle almost immediately as within two days of using the white iodine, it appeared that the iodine had sealed my splitting nails. After several months, my nails became hard and I now actually have white tips.
When I had the soft nails, my nail tips had a clear look to them. Heloise's Hints recommended cleaning out a nail polish bottle for the white iodine and brush, and using it to paint your nails every day for a week and then only once a week. It now has been at least three years and I still marvel at how normal my nails are compared to the way they used to be. I only use the iodine once a month. (03/05/2009)
If you are filing them, always file downward, away from your finger, then side to side on the very edge always towards the middle. Never cut too much of the sides off, and avoid biting the nail or cuticle at all costs. Spitting nails can indicate a vitamin and/or mineral deficiency. If possible, try to buy "trace minerals" from Country Life. They're truly good. Another thought is to buy children's "Complete" and take two if you are of average size.
They work great for overall good health. Gelatin may work, but would not be best because they are from the hoofs/bones of dead animals, I am told. If not, google.com and research the origin and make a decision after doing your homework?
I would avoid soaking in iodine, because it may somehow get into your system and give you a thyroid imbalance, since the blood capillaries are in the fingers and toes. Good luck and God bless you. (03/08/2009)
My fingernails are very thin and tear easily. What can I do to strengthen or thicken them?