Nail Care Tips

Nail care tips can help you improve the look and feel of your nails. Visit HowStuffWorks to find these great nail care tips.


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A Nail Polish With a Boring Name Just Isn't the Same

You can't just judge a nail polish by its color. You have to consider its name, too.

The Colorful History of Nail Polish

Today it's second nature to paint your fingernails and toenails. But it's been a long road to get here.

What would happen if I never cut my fingernails?

Trimming, buffing, polishing, adding some bling – many people spend hours perfecting their manicures. But did you ever stop and think what could happen if you simply let them go? You might end up in the book of Guinness World Records.

Are acrylic nails unhealthy?

Acrylic nails are a great accessory for our style-oriented readers, but there are a few caveats to be aware of if you choose to get them.

The Story Behind 14-Karat Nails

Rihanna wore them to the 2012 Grammy Awards, but could you imagine rocking 14-karat gold nails on your own hands?

Lasting Color? No-Chip Polish Examined

You love nail polish, but you hate dealing with the constant chipping. What if you could guarantee that your polish stays put for a couple of weeks at a time?

What You'll Need to Avoid Brittle Nails

Chew on this! Brittle nails are frustrating and unattractive...but totally fixable. Check out the ways you can get your nails in tip top shape.

Totally Magnetic: 3D Nail Art Tricks

From stripes and chevrons to polka dots and animal prints, there are all kinds of fun ways that you can paint your nails to add a little pop to your style. Take your nail art to the next level, by adding some 3D nail art elements!

Real Men Get Manicures, too!

The nail salon used to be a women-only realm, but more and more men are getting their nails done by the pros.

Accessories: Nail Stickers vs. Polish Strips

Remember when painting all 10 fingers and toes in black nail polish was the hot thing? Trends in nail fashions have come a long way, baby, and it's easier than ever to decorate your digits.

5 Things You Should Not Do Before Going to a Nail Salon

A trip to the nail salon or the day spa is a great way to pamper your digits, but don't undo all the good before you even get there.

3 Reasons Your Nails Are Naturally Dark

You're probably familiar with the type of nail discoloration that occurs when using dark nail polish. But if your nails are naturally dark, there may be something more serious going on.

How to Avoid Bubbles in Your Nail Polish Finish

Unlike smudges and other minor imperfections, there aren't many fast and easy fixes for a buried bubble trapped in your nail polish finish, so it's best to avoid them all together.

5 Steps for the Perfect At-home Pedicure

So it's not a raised massage chair and 200 colors to choose from, but an at-home pedicure can still be pretty great if you commit. First step? Don't skip out on the spa-type treatments you'll get at the salon.

5 Different Nail Shapes for Your Next Manicure

An hour at the nail salon is a cheap and easy way to pamper yourself. It's also a good time to experiment with the look of your nails and have some fun.

5 Tips for Nail Biters

People handle stress in different ways, but a lot of people resort to biting their nails. If it's not a habit you outgrew on your own, there are some tips to help you break free from it.

What are the white marks on my nails?

Have you ever noticed that your nails tend to get white marks on them that come and go? There's a pretty simple explanation that's really nothing to worry about.

5 Nail Tools You Should Know

Most of us know the DIY mani/pedi standbys: clippers, file and polish and maybe extras like ridge filler. But if you're ready to take your at-home manicure up a notch, which tools will make it easier?

How UV Lights Dry Nails

Gel manicures are all the rage these days, but they still come with some risks. Find out what UV lights can be doing to your digits.

How to Use Nail Stencils

You don't need a manicure to have killer looking nails. All you need now are nail stencils.

Quick Tips: 5 Ways to Treat Cracked Nails

Cracked nails can be unsightly, frustrating and occasionally painful. Thankfully, we've got a handful of treatment tips that may help.

A Quick Primer on Cuticles

Fingernails get all the glory, but cuticles deserve some love, too! Learn how to take care of these tiny infection-preventers to keep your nails looking their manicured best.

Why does nail polish remover have that smell?

The smell of nail polish remover can have us reaching for the nearest pair of nose plugs. What is causing that caustic smell?

How many coats of nail polish are necessary?

If you want to make an at-home manicure look halfway professional, you need to apply your polish like a pro. But how many coats does that take exactly?

5 Things to Do Before Going to the Nail Salon

Nail salons are a $6 billion industry in the U.S. But just because they're popular doesn't mean they're always the safest and most hygienic places to be.