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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).

Since you've been so honest, we'll do the same -- thanks to hundreds of women across web, we've drummed up a foolproof list of the best nail products on the market. Finally, winning the battle against those little troublemakers is at your fingertips.

Susan Nam, celebrity manicurist and owner of Polished Beauty Bar in New York City, weighs in on the truth behind nail care:

First, your cuticles -- Nam recommends not cutting them (since they protect us from germs and bacteria) and says to choose cuticle creams and oils that contain ingredients like jojoba and vitamin E. Also, remember: "You can get the same results from moderately priced items as really expensive ones," says Nam. "The most important thing to look for is the list of ingredients."

Our guru also advises using 240-grid nail files, since they are the least abrasive on natural nails. You definitely shouldn't drop a wad of cash on one of these, either -- according to Nam, "nail files should be changed every few weeks, because they are prone to grow bacteria."

Once you've filled your tool belt with the basics, there are a few things you can do to maximize the staying power of a manicure. "You should apply a coat of topcoat mid-week to keep it looking fresh and help prevent it from chipping," Nam says. "If you do your manicure at home, make sure to start with a clean, oil-free nail."

So, what are you waiting for? Let's clean up those suckers. Here are the best nail products you need in your mani toolkit.

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Best Nail Care Product No. 11: Revlon Nail Clip, $2.49
TotalBeauty.com average member rating: 8.9*
Why it's great: "If you want a no-fuss, no-muss, no-hangnail way to trim nails, then this is the tool for you," says one satisfied reviewer. Readers report that this tool stays strong and sharp for "so long." Perfect for "on-the-go touch-ups," the clipper requires just one quick snip "and the nail is cut." Readers also appreciate the attached nail file, which is handy for cleaning underneath the nail.

Agree? Disagree? Write your review for Revlon Nail Clip here.

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Best Nail Care Product No. 10: CND SolarOil, $8.50
TotalBeauty.com average member rating: 9.0*
Why it's great: Readers say this cuticle oil is "awesome" for dry nails and cuticles that need some TLC. "It's amazing how well it works!" raves a reader. "I use it at bedtime...When I wake up, my hands and cuticles look great, and over time my dry nails have become less brittle and prone to breaking." Another reader adds, "It took several weeks of faithful nightly use, but the results are worth the commitment."

Agree? Disagree? Write your review for CND SolarOil here.

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Best Nail Care Product No. 9: Sephora Collection Crystal Nail File, $10
TotalBeauty.com average member rating: 9.1*
Why it's great: "The best nail file...ever" is how readers describe this durable, crystal tool. "This charming file is a delight," writes a fan. "While it takes longer to file than with another type of implement, the end result is a more solid, smooth edge to nails, less susceptible to peeling and breaking." Readers also love "that it won't get worn out like [other] nail files and emery boards."

Agree? Disagree? Write your review for Sephora Collection Crystal Nail File here.

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Best Nail Care Product No. 8: Burt's Bees Lemon Butter Cuticle Cream, $6
TotalBeauty.com average member rating: 9.2*
Why it's great: More than 200 readers gush over this product's convenience, natural scent and moisturizing ability. "It's thick and buttery and feels great on my nails," says one reviewer. "I love this little tin of miracles," raves another. "I used this on my hands when they became chapped during the winter months. I also use this on my cuticles to seal any little cuts."

Agree? Disagree? Write your review for Burt's Bees Lemon Butter Cuticle Cream here.

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*At time of publication

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).

Since you've been so honest, we'll do the same -- thanks to hundreds of women across web, we've drummed up a foolproof list of the best nail products on the market. Finally, winning the battle against those little troublemakers is at your fingertips.

Susan Nam, celebrity manicurist and owner of Polished Beauty Bar in New York City, weighs in on the truth behind nail care:

First, your cuticles -- Nam recommends not cutting them (since they protect us from germs and bacteria) and says to choose cuticle creams and oils that contain ingredients like jojoba and vitamin E. Also, remember: "You can get the same results from moderately priced items as really expensive ones," says Nam. "The most important thing to look for is the list of ingredients."

Our guru also advises using 240-grid nail files, since they are the least abrasive on natural nails. You definitely shouldn't drop a wad of cash on one of these, either -- according to Nam, "nail files should be changed every few weeks, because they are prone to grow bacteria."

Once you've filled your tool belt with the basics, there are a few things you can do to maximize the staying power of a manicure. "You should apply a coat of topcoat mid-week to keep it looking fresh and help prevent it from chipping," Nam says. "If you do your manicure at home, make sure to start with a clean, oil-free nail."

So, what are you waiting for? Let's clean up those suckers. Here are the best nail products you need in your mani toolkit.

Image via Imaxtree
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