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Nail Problems: Here's why your natural nails keep breaking, spitting, and are so brittle!

Your nails are not just a pretty accessory—they can also be an indicator of your overall health. If you have brittle and weak nails that keep on breaking, it could be due to a number of issues. If they have changed colour and are flaking, it’s always best to check in with your doctor first.

So what causes brittle nails? Well, there are many reasons why our nails break or peel— but it is important to understand some of the most common causes of brittle nails so you can take steps towards your natural nail goals!

Not drinking enough water

When your body lacks adequate amounts of moisture, it can lead to dryness and dehydration, which will affect your hair and skin as well as your nails. Nails are made up of protein and water, so if you’re not getting enough nutrients from food or aren’t staying hydrated enough, this could lead to weaker nails that break easily.

It's important to drink throughout the day, not just when you're thirsty or hungry.

Drinking plenty of water helps keep your body hydrated, and helps to prevent dry skin as well as any cracks or splits in your nails. Try to drink at least eight glasses of water every day, with only a limited amount of sugary drinks, as they often include caffeine—which can speed up dehydration in some people.

You’re not getting enough vitamins.

One of the most important factors in maintaining healthy nails is having a good balance of vitamins and calcium, which help to create strong nails, skin and bones. A lack of calcium result in hair loss and problems with your nails - you should also try eating foods high that are high in B12.

There are different recommended daily amounts for vitamins depending on whether you are male, female or age. For adults, a daily allowance of 1200mg of calcium is advised.

Changes in hormones or age.

Your nails can be affected by your hormones. Hormones are chemicals in your body that regulate growth and development activities. The thinning or discolouration of nails can be caused by taking certain medicines or supplements like contraceptive pills or iron tablets. Hormones can also change during or after pregnancy and menopause.

If you noticed any other changes to your nails since starting a new medication—or they just seem a bit weaker—check with your doctor if there is anything else that could cause these issues.


Now that you know the reasons why your nails keep breaking, what can you do to fix it? Thankfully, there are a good few options out there. You can start by making sure you are drinking water and getting enough calcium.

You may also want to consider deep heat nail treatments such as IBX which can help to repair your nails from the inside out. This could be added with builder gel (BIAB) to give you a little more strength if you wanted to get instant strength to grow them. If you continue to have issues with brittle or splitting nails, it may be a good time to book in with the doctor - for some reassurance!

To book your strengthing IBX nail treatment, simply click here or get in touch to discuss if you need.

Speak to you soon,

Kerrie | Nzuri Nails & Academy



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