13 Things Nobody Tells You About Growing Out Your Nails

Long nails don't happen overnight. Growing out your nails is a process that requires patience, cautiousness and acceptance. Things don't always go according to plan. But once you make the decision to grow out your nails, there's no turning back -- at least until one breaks and you're left with nine medium length nails and one short one. Then it's back to square one (or round one, depending on your style).   read more


21 Fall Nail Colors That Are About to Replace All Your Brights

Beach vacations, poolside margaritas and neon pedicures may be behind us, but that doesn't mean there's not plenty to look forward to in the fall. Along with pumpkin spice lattes, football season and cozy ensembles, gorgeous fall nail colors are here to make the seasonal transition just a little easier.   read more


I Wore Static Nails for a Week and Didn't Hate It

If you're like me, you love a good manicure. But, if you're also like me, you don't always have the time or the money to make an appointment at your favorite salon. Such a bummer. Luckily for us, beauty protege Alexis Irene felt the same way. And thus Static Nails was born. As the founder of what Cosmo considers "the best unexpected gift to give your BFF," Alexis' main goal was to create a brand focused on elevating some of our favorite products (manicures) to produce real, good-for-you results tested and proven (the ultimate set of press-on nails). And since she brought her goal to fruition, I figured it was my turn to test and determine whether these little press-on beauties are really as good as the rave reviews.   read more


13 Best Nail Polishes

Like a killer scarf or a one-of-a-kind necklace, your nail color can be a key accessory. Whether you get your nails done at a beauty salon or use a drugstore nail polish, the secret to the ideal mani-pedi is great nail polish. Because there's really nothing like the feeling of freshly lacquered nails.   See polishes


11 Best Nail Care Products

Raise your less-than-TV-ready hand if you suffer from dry cuticles, hangnails or constant chips in your freshly lacquered manis. That's what we thought (you can put your hand down now).   See nail products


12 Unexpectedly Chic Fourth of July Nail Art Ideas

I love anything Fourth-of-July themed (hello red, white and blue cupcakes!), but when it comes to nails, I'm declaring independence from cheesy patriotic nail art designs. The founding fathers totally would have wanted it that way.   read more


13 Things Your Nail Salon Doesn't Want You to Know

Your nails create big beauty salon business. Spending anywhere from $10 - $45 a pop for a manicure and $15 - $50 for a pedicure (not including tip), your weekly or monthly salon visits are costing you precious pampering dollars. No wonder it's a six billion dollar a year industry.   See secrets


19 Rainbow Nail Designs That'll Make a Statement

Some people wear their hearts on their sleeves, but thanks to nail art, we beauty junkies can express just about any thought, emotion or passion on our fingertips. And with pride month here, we're using this versatile canvas to show our support for gay rights with a colorful collection of rainbow nails.   read more


This Is the Manicure You Should Get, Based on Your Astrological Sign

Are you a big follower of astrology? Do you religiously read your horoscope every morning, or are you a more casual fan? Either way, it might just be key in finding the perfect nail art to fit your personality. After all, there are certain traits that go along with each sign, which makes it fun to customize your look based off of your sign's preferences. Leos are famously bold, Scorpios are known to be sexy and Virgos like to keep things simple -- you get the picture; it all translates quite nicely into nail art.   read more


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Tips for Healthy, Beautiful Nails

If you ever thought your nails were unimportant or if you've been neglecting your hands, now is the time to make them a priority. Just like your skin, they can dry out, peel, break, and become infected. Manicures and pedicures are cosmetic procedures that can help you keep your hands and feet healthy by grooming, trimming, buffing, and painting your nails, as well as managing calluses.

Taking Care of Your Nails

Make an effort to take good care of your nails, and you will be thrilled by the way they complement your own personal style. One easy way to keep them healthy is to drink lots of water. By keeping your body hydrated every day, you'll keep them hydrated, as well. Also, touch up your manicure on a daily basis to prevent chips and cracks and avoid using your nails as tools. This means no using them to pry things open, scrape things off, etc.

Other natural ways to keep your nails healthy include drinking fresh carrot juice daily, making sure that you keep them clean and moisturized, and making sure that your nail salon has hygienic practices.

Browse Total Beauty's nail care section to find other ways to keep your hands and feet looking their best. Our beauty experts have plenty of tips and tricks that are easy to employ.

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