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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.

Secrets Your Nails Reveal

The eyes may be the window to the soul, but your fingernails may provide a peek into the status of your health. See common nail issues and related health issues.

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.

10 Steps to Do Your Own Pedicure

Salon pedicures can be expensive and the cheap nail places can have dubious hygiene. So why not do your own pedicure at home? It's easier than you think.

How to Do a Ruffian Manicure

Want to spice up your manicure with an accent shade? Try the ruffian manicure. Here's how it's done at home.

5 Home Treatments to Keep Nails Healthy

You probably don't think about the health of your nails very often, but just a little at-home attention can keep your fingers and toes in tip-top shape. What are the best ways to take care of your nails?

Are the chemicals used at nail salons bad for you?

Hitting the nail salon for a mani-pedi is one of life's simple pleasures. But when you consider the chemicals that go into making your nails look their best, you may start to think twice.

Should nails and lip color match?

Once upon a time, no well-dressed woman left the house without matching lips and nails. But does anyone still do that?

How to Avoid Nail Breakage

Our fingernails are subjected to water, chemicals and whatever else we put them through in a given day. So how can we protect them from breakage? Easy! We'll tell you.

10 Fiercely Creative Nail Trends

French manicures are totally yesterday. Here are 10 of the most fiercely creative -- and eye-catching -- nail trends we've seen.

10 Steps to Do Your Own Manicure

Your nails should reflect your inner goddess. When you want nice nails but a trip to the nail salon won't fit into your schedule (or your budget), we've got you covered.

Use Vinegar to Stretch Your Nail Polish Dollar

Extend the life of your nail polish with vinegar. Learn more about using vinegar to stretch your nail polish dollar.

What Do Your Fingernails Say About Your Health?

Have you ever taken a look at your fingernails? I mean a long hard look, noticing every crevice, ripple, and ridge. In fact, health professionals have long tied your health to the health of your cuticles.

Toenail Fungus

Toenail fungus is unsightly, embarrassing and most of all stubborn. Learn about techniques for correcting toenail fungus.

What's a French manicure?

A good French manicure looks understated and classic. But where did the white-and-neutral look come from, and how can give yourself the French look at home?

What's an American manicure?

The Frenchie, long the elegant go-to style for manicures, is no longer the only choice for near-neutral nails. What's an American manicure, and how does it look different from the classic French?

How to Make Hand and Nail Care Products

These hand and nail care products can be made at home and won't empty your wallet. Get skin care tips and learn how to make hand and nail care products.

Will getting a pedicure help you go into labor?

Some moms-to-be are willing to try anything to induce labor naturally once the final days of the third trimester hit. Besides warm baths and spicy foods, there's another method that's said to speed things along: pedicures. True or false?

5 Tips for Perfectly Polished Nails

Perfectly polished nails can be hard to achieve. It seems like just around the corner there's another opportunity to chip them or notice uneven coloring. But if you take the right precautions -- and a little time -- you can make your nails stand out.

Top 5 Infections You Can Pick Up at the Nail Salon

While the majority of nail salon visits won't send you on your way with anything other than an excellent manicure and pedicure, customers -- and salon workers -- are at risk of spreading disease. We've got five culprits to watch out for.

Do nail salon workers have a higher incidence of cancer?

Every now and then, a story will appear in a magazine or on the local news about the threats posed by salons. These stories usually focus on potential threats to customers -- a dirty footbath or poorly sterilized instruments. But what about the manicurists themselves?

What's the difference between acetone and non-acetone nail polish remover?

Have you ever stood in the drugstore with chipped nails and stared blankly at all your options for nail polish remover? You're not alone. When picking between acetone and non-acetone remover, there's a simple secret to keep in mind.