Garlic in Nail Polish: Does Garlic For Nails Work?

By Aniela / July 6, 2017

You may have heard about garlic in nail polish, but do you know if it actually works? Well we've put this experiment to the test to see if indeed, adding garlic to your clear nail polish will strengthen dry, brittle nails, and also make them grow.

The answer? Absolutely yes! It's said that Dominican women have the most beautiful, longest, and strongest nails you will ever see, and when asked, their answer is always garlic! Well, thank you Dominican ladies for letting us in on your amazing little secret, because garlic works wonders for your nails!

Garlic For Nails: YES it Works!

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But do you know why? Garlic is a natural antiseptic and we've all used garlic once in a while to get rid of a cold (garlic soup for cold and flu, anyone?), because garlic gets rid of fungus and bacteria.

So how does garlic for nails actually work?

You may be saying though, that you don't have nail fungus OR bacteria! Unfortunately, most people do though, even though you may not notice it! This is one of the biggest reasons why people have brittle, breaking nails that won't grow. Our hands and nails constantly come into contact with all kinds of dirt and grime on a daily basis, and even if you DO wash your hands, the dirt and bacteria can still hide deep underneath the nails.

All that dirt that gets trapped there can create fungus that's actually invisible – but this is what makes your nails so brittle! Therefore, garlic can help combat this fungus so your nails can finally be healthy, strong, and long!

Garlic will make your nails grow faster because it will inhibit bacteria and fungus. It also helps give you stronger nails, which of course means, longer nails that will no longer break!

You'll Need:

  • a clove of garlic
  • clear nail polish

How to:

  • Crush a garlic clove with the back of a knife and mince.
  • Add the crushed garlic to a bottle of clear nail polish (base coat or top coat).
  • Let the garlic set for 7-10 days in a dry, dark place. Shake every once in a while.
  • After 7-10 days have elapsed, you may go ahead and use your polish as often as you like. The more often you use it, the faster your nails will start repairing themselves.
  • Use as a base coat, a top coat, or both.

Alternatively, rubbing garlic on your nails will also work. Simply crush a garlic clove with the back of a knife. Rub along the nails, ensuring that you're covering the entire nail.

Please do not use garlic on or around your nails if you have any cuts, open sores, or eczema.

The smell will be there when you apply, but only for a second, so don't let that scare you away from using garlic for nails!

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5 years ago

My nails have all of a sudden started lifting and becoming white almost to the cuticle . Do I still use this approach or do you have a better idea

Christina D Montanye Skibstead
3 years ago

Does this work on toe nails too?I mean for fungus?

3 years ago

Couldn’t you just poke a hole in a garlic capsule and put it in the fingernail polish bottle?