5 DIY Nail Soaks for Picture-Perfect Nails

Lauren Keller


Getty / Anna Ivanova

Getty / Anna Ivanova

From regular polish to gel and acrylic nails, nothing looks or feels better than a fresh, salon-worthy manicure. If it promises to be chip free and long-lasting, we’re automatically sold. Unfortunately, for us those promises aren’t always the healthiest thing for nails and once the polish is removed we’re left with broken, weak or brittle nails. If your nail beds aren’t looking their best, there are tons of natural ways to help them regain their strength and enhance their appearance. We’ve rounded up the five best YouTube tutorials for DIY nail soaks that are guaranteed to leave you with healthier, stronger nails in no time!

Promoting Nail Growth


1/2 cup Orange Juice
1 clove Crushed Garlic

Brittle, peeling and weak nails are one of the most common complaints from girls and often cause nails to break before they can grow long. The orange juice is packed with Vitamin C that promotes the production of collagen and folic acids that aid in nail growth. Garlic is known to naturally strengthen nails, and is even found in some store-bought nail hardeners.

Natural Whitener


Half of a Lemon
1 cup Water
1 tablespoon Baking Soda

This video gives you two ways to soak your nails using the exact same ingredients! Lemon juice is an all around great product to treat your nails. It acts as a natural bleach against yellow stains, contains Vitamin C for growth and gives you extra shine.



1 lemon, cut into wedges
2 tablespoons Granulated Sugar
Coconut Oil
Warm Water

This video includes a whitener, scrub and moisturizer all in one and focuses on your hands as well as your nails! The sugar works to help remove any calluses and smooth your hands before you apply the coconut oil as a moisturizer. Coconut oil contains important nutrients to moisturize your nail beds as well as strengthen your cuticles.

Cuticle Cream


1 teaspoon Honey
4 teaspoons Beeswax
3 tablespoons Almond Oil

Honey contains antioxidants and nutrients that work as an anti-inflammatory and antibacterial agent to protect nails which is key around the cuticle. It also is a natural humectant, meaning it draws moisture to the skin which is vital for healthy cuticles and nail growth. The almond oil delivers fatty acids to your skin for even more moisture.

All Over Treatment


1/2 cup Coconut Oil, liquified
1/3 cup Jojoba Oil
1 tablespoon Organic Honey
1-5 drops of Lavender Essential Oil

This all over treatment combines the best moisturizing and strengthening ingredients for healthy nails. Jojoba oil is great for brittle or dry nails, as it is super hydrating and naturally aids in absorption. Meanwhile, the lavender oil will act as both a strengthener and whitener. All of your nail needs covered in one simple soak!