Soaking your fingernails is another homemade remedy for damaged fingernails. Before you think about picking up a bottle of a soaking product at your local drugstore, look in your kitchen cupboard instead for a homemade remedy. Vegetable or pure olive oil works better because neither contain alcohol or other artificial ingredients that can dry out and further hurt damaged nails.
You can either pour some vegetable or pure olive into a small bowl and soak your damaged fingernails. Or, you can simply brush some of the oil onto your fingernails. Then, massage the oil into your fingers and nails.
To help repair damaged fingernails, another homemade remedy you can use is petroleum jelly. Rub some petroleum jelly onto your nails and around the cuticles before you go to bed. This remedy will keep your nails hydrated. The rubbing will also promote healthy circulation that can help repair damaged fingernails.
And finally, until you have repaired your damaged fingernails by using these homemade remedies, keep your nails trimmed short so they are less likely to break or crack. The best time to trim your nails is after bathing. Or, after you have soaked them and they are soft and pliable.