by Sherrell Dorsey of Organic Beauty Vixen

My nails are typically pretty long and strong but when my diet is off my nails are the first things to be affected. If your nails are constantly breaking, are weak, extremely dry or if you simply just took off your acrylics, build them back up with at home treatments and remedies.

Here’s a few easy tips you can improve on at home to help your nails get back into tip-top shape .

Protein– Our nails are made up of protein so if we’re not getting enough of it, our manicure can’t do a thing to save us from disaster! Eat lean meats, eggs, beans and seeds to get your fill and protect your nails from brittleness and peeling.

Fatty Acids – Get glowing skin and pretty nails by keeping a good diet of essential fatty acids. Fish oil supplements and evening primrose oil can greatly benefit exhausted nails and give skin a natural glow.

Biotin – Vitamin B is essential for overall health. Biotin, in the family of the many B vitamins, helps build healthy hair, skin and nails. Grab a bottle at your drug store and take daily to work towards stronger nails.

Water – Not drinking enough water can shut down the production quality for the entire body. Not only does your skin become dry but the lack of hydration can effect the growth potential of your nails and your skin. Fill up on nature’s best, bringing your stainless steel water bottle along with you for the ride.

Nail Strengthener – Sometimes you’ll need a little more to help you get the process moving along. That’s when you can grab a nail strengthener at your grocery store. Make sure that they are 3-free to reduce your toxic exposure. I recently picked up a bottle of Dermelect Cosmeceuticals’ High Maintenance Instant Nail Thickener goes on clear and uses a ProSina protein-peptide to strengthen nails. I love the tint of the polish and must admit for the past week my nails have gotten a lot stronger.

What do you typically do to treat brittle, peeling and cracking nails?

Sherrell Dorsey is a natural beauty expert, writer, speaker and advocate of health, wellness and sustainability in communities of color. In addition to creating, Sherrell writes beauty articles for Tyra Banks’s beauty and fashion site, Jones Magazine, and Posh Beauty. Follow Sherrell on twitter at and connect with her on facebook at