coconut oil for nail growth

The Coconut Oil Nail Experiment

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I’ve been on a quest to incorporate as many natural products in my personal care as much as possible. My skin and hair care regimen is 95% natural. When it comes to my nail care, everything I use is chemical based. There is non-toxic nail polish available but it still some level of chemicals additive. Even if you wear nail polish, the top coat you use is bound to contain chemicals. Then, there’s the nail treatments used to make the nails stronger. Those are completely chemically base.

Don’t get me wrong. I’m not bashing nail polish or other nail car products. My nail strengthener of choice is completely unnatural. – Nailtek II. When I use it, I experience an immediate improvement in the strength of my nails.

So, why this coconut oil nail experiment?

The Decision to Try Coconut Oil on My Nails

I think it’s important to seek out natural alternatives for personal care whenever possible. Coconut oil is beneficial for helping you retain moisture. That’s why when I saw Hey Fran Hey hosting a 30 day healthy, beauty and fitness challenge, I decided to participate to some degree. I didn’t follow her dietary recommendations completely but I did eat some of the healthy foods while also incorporating the coconut oil application to my hands and nails daily to see what results I would achieve after 30 days. It was hard too! I have never gone this long without painting my nails.

Results of the Experiment

coconut oil for nail growth

All in all I didn’t notice a significant increase in the growth of my nails by massaging coconut oil into them. I was experiencing nail growth before applying the coconut oil to my nails. As a matter of fact, I feel like my nails have become a little too flexible since applying the coconut oil. That flexibility has made my nails more vulnerable to breakage which is why you don’t notice any significant change in nail length. My nails broke several times over this past month.

Prior to beginning this experiment, my nails were harder and growing without experiencing breakage.

I experienced less breaks but more peeling before using the coconut oil. On the flip side, my hands are softer from applying the coconut oil to them daily. As you can see in the photos, my hands look slightly more youthful.

Will I continue using coconut oil on my hands and nails? Probably but I’m returning to using my beloved Nailtek II to keep my nails strong. Maybe using the two together will lead to an almost elimination of nail breakage. We will see.


Michelle Smith
Michelle is a Christian special needs mom residing in the NYC area who shares useful tips to grow and maintain fine natural hair. She's a published author and Creator of Fine Natural Hair and Faith, inspiring others with faith for living along side knowledge on how to care for their "crown."

8 Comment

  1. I have been using coconut oil on my hair, body, and as a natural rinse for my teeth. When I started to use on my body i saw by accident a significant growth and strength in my nails and my cuticles do not get dry anymore. I live by it. Natural is the best way. Hope you give it another try.

    1. i don’t disagree that natural is best. I too use coconut oil for my body and hair. I oil pull and cook with it as well. It’s just not great on my nails. It softens them, making them weaker.

  2. I’m going to give it a try. I use shea butter a lot on my hands and nails, especially the cuticles, also vitamin E oil. But let’s see what results I’ll get with coconut oil. Will keep you posted!

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