DIY Nail Strengthening Serum

DIY Nail Strengthening Serum

I’ve had a lot of questions about how to strengthen your nails and I typically always say to try a collagen supplement.  It’s certainly helped my nails (and hair and skin) but lately I have a few nails that are peeling so I started doing more research to see if there was anything else that might help.  Turns out, Myrrh Essential Oil is known to help strengthen and grow nails!  I have used Myrrh with great success HERE when I experience severely dry skin so it makes sense that it could be helpful to nails and cuticles.

So what causes brittle nails?  Often it’s a vitamin and mineral deficiency which is why collagen is a good idea as is a biotin supplement.

Gel nails are super popular at the moment and while they seem to be less destructive then other types of artificial nails, they still cause quite a bit of damage to the nails.  Even gel polishes that can be bought at the grocery store are said to cause damage.  Using acetone nail polish remover can also weaken nails.

Nail Strengthening Serum DIY

DIY Nail Strengthening SerumDIY Nail Strengthening Serum:

*This is what I call an eyeball recipe.  Instead of measuring ingredients out, it’s just easier to eyeball it.*

I’m using a roll on bottle like THIS.  Also, find small funnels HERE.

Fill 3/4 full with Jojoba Oil (find it HERE)

Add about 1/4-1/8 tsp. of Vitamin E Oil (find it HERE)

5 drops Frankincense Essential Oil (find it HERE)

5 drops Lemon Essential Oil (find it HERE)

5 drops Myrrh Essential Oil (find it HERE)

5 drops Lavender Essential Oil (find it HERE)


  • Combine all ingredients in roll on bottle and shake!  Super simple-super effective!


You might be wondering how oils can help strengthen your nails.  Well, on the simplest level, brittle nails are most likely dry.  Oils can rejuvenate your nails and the skin around them.  I chose jojoba oil because it is highly nourishing and is easily absorbed into the deepest levels of the nail bed.  I have heard it can also help repair damaged collagen in the nail.  I chose Vitamin E because it is extremely helpful with moisturizing and is antioxidant rich.

I chose Myrrh, Lemon, Lavender and Frankincense because they all work to strengthen, nourish and even encourage growth in the nails.  I believe that lemon can help with discolored nails as well.  Frankincense will intensify the duties of the other oils while helping them penetrate deeper for more evident results.

How to Use:

  1. Remove nail polish.
  2. Wash hands.
  3. Roll on a thin layer of serum before bed.
  4. Massage into the nail and cuticles.
  5. Allow to penetrate into the skin.

DIY Nail Strengthening Serum

I’ve been using this serum for a while and have been happy to have my strong nails back.  I have much less splitting.  However, it’s hard for me to commit to not wearing nail polish so if your nails are really brittle and bothersome, I would stay clear of any polishes and use this serum daily for at least 3 weeks.

xx, Jenni


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Nail Strengthening Serum DIY



  1. Sue
    May 22, 2018 / 3:08 pm

    I’ve been looking for help with my nails. I’m making this tonight. Thanks Jenni

  2. May 22, 2018 / 3:52 pm

    hello everybody, it was such a pleasure to read the blog. I recently have been noticed a lot of people are moving towards cruelty free/organic makeup skin care products and its just amazing to see how the world is realizing the importance of small things in life such as makeup. I recently came across this website where (i think the actual owner of the website) provides information about the suitable products for your skin type in the chat feature of the website. She recommended me a few masks and skin toners for my skin that i have been using for awhile. Overall I defiantly do feel that it is very important to know what are the suitable skincare products for ones skin. It won’t hurt just to ask the beauty specialist on this website and see what she recommends you.
    thats the mask i used myself and loved it:
    and this is the link to the website where you can ask whats good for your skin:
    Thanks for reading 🙂 I hope it was helpful.

  3. May 30, 2018 / 2:56 am

    Hi Jenni,
    always a pleasure to read your DIY-articles, time to post here:)
    Peeling Nails were also my problem before I found out about natural plant oils for skin-care.
    And yes, JOJOBA has besides its great qualities in skin care and protect a good effect on repairing nails.

  4. Sue
    June 16, 2018 / 10:24 am

    Hi Jenni,
    I began using this serum about 3 weeks ago and it’s having a positive effect on my nails! I see hardly any peeling and the tips don’t have “notches” chipped out.
    I apply the oil and massage it in a few times a day. I follow it up with a pinch of shea butter. I just put a small dab on each cuticle and massage it in the cuticle, nail bed and over the tips. I think it seals in the oil and helps keeps water from saturating the nails. It’s impossible to keep my hands out of water and gloves aren’t really an option in most cases. The massaging in of the oil and shea is giving me nice pink nailbeds, Certainly looking healthier!
    I’m off nail hardeners (useless stuff) and polish remover completely.

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