The Surprising Reason Your Nails Look Like Crap

If no matter what you do, your nails are constantly breaking, chipping, peeling, or just generally look unattractive, it's time to consider the state of your cuticles. The skin at the base of the nail plays a crucial role when it comes to nail health: "The cuticles cover the area underneath the nail bed known as the matrix, which is where growth begins," explains editorial manicurist Geraldine Holford. A damaged cuticle can lead to an unhealthy matrix, which results in an unhealthy nail. And that aside, let's talk about the aesthetics -- there's nothing cute about ragged cuticles. "Your nails will never look nice if your cuticles are a mess. Well-groomed cuticles are the foundation for healthy, attractive nails," says hand model Susan Schell. To learn how to keep your cuticles -- and by extension, your nails -- in tip-top shape, we went straight to the people who best know the importance of cuticle care -- manicurists and hand models. Ahead, they share their expert advice.   read more


19 Amazing DIY Halloween Nail Art Ideas

There's no better time than Halloween to embrace the nail art trend. Unlike most holidays where you have to play it safe (you're not going to show up to Easter Mass with a 3D bunny on your thumb), Halloween is made for going all out. After all, the entire purpose of the holiday is to completely transform yourself -- right down to the spookiest Halloween nail designs.   See spooky nails


Summer Nails You Should Totally Flaunt This Labor Day Weekend

Summer is coming to a close, but before we say goodbye to the sweet summer fun, we're decking out our digits with the perfect Labor Day manicure.   read more


22 Nail Art Prodigies to Follow on Instagram

Honestly, is there any better way to relax than to endlessly scroll Instagram while admiring manicures? Forget baseball, let's make this the new national pastime. After all, there are definitely nail artists out there who know how to hit metaphorical home runs with their intricate nail art as well as any major league player can hit a literal one with a bat. Call them the MVPs of nail art, if you will.   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


The Best Pokemon Nails to Try Now

You know the theme song by heart. You've walked approximately 46 miles out of your way this week. You're currently in the process of incubating no fewer than six eggs and have told your significant other that all you want from this life is a Mew Two. Face it: You're addicted to Pokémon Go. Here, some of our favorite Pokémon-inspired nail designs to rock while you take yourself down to Niantic City, where the grass is green and the Psyducks are pretty.   read more


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


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


The 15 Prettiest Summer Nail Polish Colors for the Beach

Summer is the season of grand debuts. For some, that means showing off that bikini body you've worked your ass off to achieve. For others, it means pulling those sundresses, shorts and crop tops out of storage. But for us? It means we finally get to reveal the most sizzlin' summer nail colors (that complement the new strappy sandals we've been dying to wear).   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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