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Here’s how to make your DIY nail strengthener at home

Last Updated on March 26, 2021
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written by nail expert Jess Rowley

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Here’s everything you need to know about DIY nail growth and strengtheners


Do you want to achieve very strong and tough nails without having to go to the store? Do you want to know how to create your own natural nail strengthener to strengthen your nails using ingredients that can be gotten around you?

Well, I’ve got you covered girl.

I’ve made it super easy for you, giving you the full rundown and DIY, so you can achieve it easily with our tested and trusted recipe that would guaranty the health and beauty of your nails hands down.

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How to make your DIY nail strengthener at home.

Firstly I want you to know that having healthy and strong nails is nothing difficult to achieve, the wear and tear from toxic nail polish remover, constant filing, and cutting, and other practices can take a toll on the health of your nails.

We all love beautiful, strong, and healthy nails don’t we? And of course, no one likes having weak nails that break easily, especially brittle nails.

If you experience nail breakage or crack if your nails seem brittle or weak then a good nail strengthener the best way to go.

There are actually many ways you can strengthen your nails: 

There are some oils that act as a natural nail strengthener and examples are olive oil, argan oil, coconut oil, castor oil, etc.

I would prefer to use extra virgin olive oil and coconut oil. Most times I apply nail strengthener after using a nail polish remover, that way my nail plates feel safe.

Now you should know that olive oil is rich in vitamin E, can help your nails grow and keep your cuticles healthy, and is a good ingredient for making a nail strengthener. I mix olive oil with other nail strengtheners for an even better outcome.

Bear in mind that your everyday nail habit or routine is important and it affects the effectiveness of your nail strengthener.

But what is a DIY nail strengthener?

A DIY nail strengthener is a homemade protective liquid that helps bring your brittle or weak nails back to a good and healthy condition. It keeps your nail strong and healthy.

It is a nail soak that helps prevents easy breakage and damage of precious nails and especially for fast nail growth. Nail strengtheners enhance the condition of the natural nail plate by offering protection and nourishment to the nails.

The strengthener helps protect and reinforce the structure of the nail while imparting vitamins and nutrients to the nail to promote growth.

A nail strengthener enhances the beauty of your nails, health, and strength and is essential for good nail health.

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How to use a DIY nail strengthener?

Pour a little nail strengthener into a bowl, place on a table and dip each hand in the bowl of nail strengthener or apply with a cotton swab on each nail and let it soak for 5 to 10 minutes, rinse your nails and dry.

If you use the nail polish a lot I would definitely stay tuned for this one: here are the best DIY nail strengthener recipes.

To make a good homemade nail strengthener, here are some good ingredients you could use.

Olive oil:

Amongst many other benefits of olive oil like keeping your hair soft and moisturized, olive oil is also a good nail moisturizer, it penetrates the skin and cuticles, keeps it healthy, and is very good for nail growth. It also contains Vitamin E.

Lemon juice

Lemon juice contains Vitamin C and is known for how well it could help whiten our nails. It helps brighten the nails and keep them stain free.

And is also essential for nail growth and health.


You could use garlic or garlic oil, garlic is good for fast nail growth and strong nails. Garlic contains selenium which is an active ingredient for stronger and longer nails.

Garlic is very important for nail strengthening. It helps prevents brittle or weak nails and helps keep your nails healthy always.

Coconut oil

Coconut oil is another very good oil for nail strengthening and health. It has moisturizing properties which are great for treating brittle or weak nails and helps repair damaged cuticles.

It also helps our nails grow faster.

Castor oil

Castor oil helps prevents peeling skin around the nails and also helps moisturize the cuticles.

It contains ricinoleic acid and helps strengthen and nourish the cuticles, while protecting them from fungi and bacteria that prevents them from growing, it also hydrates them.

Castor oil is good for cuticle treatment. It helps strengthen the nails by keeping the cuticles healthy and strong.

How do I make my DIY nail strengthener?

First of all, get all the ingredients you need!

  • A small heat-safe bowl
  • Olive oils
  • Coconut oil
  • Lemon juice
  • Garlic


Step one:

Pour the olive oil, lemon juice, coconut oil, and garlic into a heatproof bowl and heat them.

Step two:

Get a pan and add a little water into it such that the water doesn’t enter the bowl after placing the bowl into the pan.

Step three:

Put the bowl into the pan and place it on a stove or in a microwave over medium-low heat.

Step four:

Leave the mixture to slowly warm-up.

Step five:

Once it’s warm enough, remove the pan from the microwave or stove.

Step six:

Remove the bowl from the pan and place it on a table.

Step seven:

Make sure your hands are clean and dry then dip both hands into the nail strengthening mixture.

Step eight:

Leave the mixture to soak for 5 to 10 minutes. You can do anything that doesn’t involve you using your fingers while dipping them in the mixture to kill time.

Step nine:

Once the time is up, wash your nails with soap and water until they are neat and bright or shiny.

Step ten: 

You can repeat this once a week or depending on how weak or brittle your nails are or how you like.


So no to nail damage and brittle nails. Making your own personal nail strengthener shouldn’t be much of a hassle if you have the right ingredients as stated above.

Our recipe promises to nourish both the nails and the skin inclusive with its mix of natural ingredients (Packed with vitamin e) that gets your nails back in shape in no time.

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