Need help with your nails? Want healthy nails?
This is the website dedicated to all things nails. We teach you how to care for and treat nails. With special consideration dedicated to treatment of bad nails and fungus affected nails. Advice from doctors and homeopathic experts on how to treat these embarassing conditions.

We also have a list of common nail problems and how to spot these conditions. That's because problems with your nails such as discoloration or changes in growth rate, can be a signal of a larger health issue.

A Major concern for many people is Toenail Fungus. You can easily pick this up from walking barefoot in areas where the fungus grows. It is also highly contagious and can quickly spread. We have information and a guide on how to treat nail fungus naturally.

Healthy nails are smooth and are fairly consistent in color, while white spots and vertical ridges are not harmful. It is important to eat healthy and maintain your nails properly, if you want great looking nails.

Tutorials and help with how to file and shape nails, as well as application of acrylic or fake nails. Fake nails are a common fashion accessory for today's modern woman. They are also called artificial nails, false nails, fashion nails, press-on nails and nail extensions.

Artificial nails are actually an extension for the natural nail. Once you select the type of fake nail you are looking for, the fake nail is then glued to the end of your natural nail. The final touch is then acrylic is applied over the entire nail.

Fake nails can give you a stylish look in a short period of time. They are also used to fix broken or damaged nails. Some people with nailbiting problems, are helped by the use of fake nails. This often keeps them from biting the actual nail, allowing it to heal.

Nail problems that sometimes require treatment include bacterial and fungal infections, ingrown nails, tumors and warts.

We also offer advice and tips on the best nail polish brands, as well as other cosmetic related topics. Want to know how to give yourself a manicure or a pedicure? We can help you with that as well.
Nail Health
Take a look at your nails now, if they look healthy then good. If not, this could be a sign of poor overall health. Healthy nails are smooth and are fairly consistent in color. Specific types of nail discoloration and changes in growth rate can signal various lung, heart, kidney and liver diseases, as well as diabetes and anemia. White spots and vertical ridges are harmless.

Your toenails and fingernails protect the tissues of your toes and fingers. They are made up of layers of a hardened protein called keratin, which is also in your hair and skin.
Bad nails can require treatment, please take care of your nails. Nail problems that sometimes require treatment include bacterial and fungal infections, ingrown nails, tumors and warts. Keeping nails clean, dry and trimmed can help you avoid some problems.

Take Care Of Your Nails
Leaving the length of the nail alone is smart part of nail care. The part of the nail that extends past the quick is dead and can be easily damaged. Be careful not to over file your nails, overfiling of the nails can start to tear the fibrous material of the nail itself. 

Only file your nails when they are completely dry, wet nails are much more susceptible to damage and tearing. Use gentle files and shape your nails with gentle pressure. This is a little known secret which will give you stronger and more beautiful nails. Filing nails in only one direction isn't necessary, just remember to file them with gentle care.

Cuticle Care
The best way to care for your nails and keep them healthy is to care for the cuticle. Push the cuticles back as little as possible. The less you play with the cuticle, the healthier the nails will be. 

Over trimming of the cuticle can destroy the integrity of the nail matrix, this can cause unhealthy nail growth. The cuticle actually forms a protective barrier between the exposed dead nail and the living growing part of the nail. Over trimming of the cuticle can cause brittle, weak, unhealthy nails and even ones that can grow unevenly.

Soft Or Brittle Nails
If you are looking for stronger nails or you have problems with soft or brittle nails. You can try taking a Biotin supplement, this should over time make your nails stronger. Biotin supplements can usually be found at drug stores or health stores. 

Detergents and constant exposure to water can soften the nails. Try to keep them dry whenever possible, wear gloves when doing dishes.
Common types of nail problems explained.
Black nail – If you ever jammed your finger or nails in a door or dropped something heavy on your toe, then you may have seen this condition. The nail turns black and later may fall off.

Brittle nail –
Organic silica is said to be effective for increasing growth of nail. Intake of essential fatty acid’s vitamins B 12 and B5 will help to remedy brittle nail.

Fungal nail
Discoloration of the nail is the symptom of fungal infection. It can be yellow, black or green in color.

Hang nail -
Biting and picking at the nails and aggressive self manicuring are usually the causes behind hang nail. Treat your nails with TLC.

Nail separates from the nail bed
– Using harsh detergents, doing a lot of typing or catching the nail on something can cause separation of nails. Wear rubber gloves while cleaning and using detergents. Seek regular manicures.

Nail thickness
– Diseases like fungal infection and psoriasis are the main cause behind nail thickness. Apart from this, ageing process and trauma can also be cited as reasons for nail thickness.

- Some times this is hereditary. In other cases it can be result of trauma certain illnesses like psoriasis, eczema.

Vertical splitting
– those who are constantly in contact with water are seemed to be affected by vertical splitting. Try taking a Zinc or iron supplement. Massage almond oil into the nail to help this problem.

White spots
– A common nail problem. Minor trauma or knock against some hard object can be the reason for this. It can also be hereditary. If you do a lot of work with your hands you may be affected by white spots.
Some women say that acrylic nails are bad, are they really bad for your nails?
Wearing acrylic or artificial nails can cause the nails to become a bit coarser over time. One thing you do need to be concerned about with wearing acrylic nails, is the possibility of infection.

A gap can develop between the real and fake nail and can separate from the normal growth of the nail. This gap can be the perfect breeding ground for bacteria and hence an infection. If you do get an infection from bad acrylic nails then be sure to see a dermatologist for an evaluation and treatment of the nail.

Some people can also have an allergic reaction to acrylic nails, though this is rare. This is usually more to due with the chemicals and adhesives used in the application process.

If you have your nails done at a nail salon be sure that they are licensed. Try getting a referral from family or friends before visiting a nail salon. Make sure that the equipment used at the salon is properly sanitized, don't be afraid to ask to be sure. Make sure that you and the nail technician both wash up before the procedure begins, there should be some form of pre-scrubbing.

If the salon does not look neat, tidy and orderly that could be a sign that something is wrong. If there is a strong odor in the salon then this could be a sign of poor ventilation and maybe a poorly run establishment.

Many women enjoy the use of acrylic nails and they can be fairly safe, just make sure that you take precautions when using acrylic nails. So you don't end up with bad acrylic nails!!
Diet and Nail Health
Looking for healthier nails, try a healthier diet.

Did you know that a poor diet can lead to health, skin and even nail problems?

Well, it is true.

Your body needs healthy fuel to work properly and to thrive. For healthy skin and nails eat better foods.

Eat lots of fruits and vegetables, these foods contain the vitamins and minerals that your skin and nails need to grow and replenish themselves. Raw vegetables are the best, yet steamed are fine too.

Keeping your body properly hydrated is also good for the skin and nails.

Avoid greasy foods, fast foods and fried foods as these are full of toxins which can build up over time and cause health and nail problems. Avoid artificial additives, chemicals and dyes when possible, frozen and preserved foods are full of these.

Some oils, like the ones found in fish can actually be healthy for nails, hair and your skin. Omega 3 fatty acids and Cod liver oil can help strengthen the nails, especially if you have brittle nails.

So feed your body well and you will have healthy, beautiful nails. by Kerry Zangara
Do it yourself manicure at home and save money.
What is a manicure?
A cosmetic treatment of the fingernails, including shaping and polishing.

What is a pedicure?
Professional care for the feet and toenails, to care for the feet by cutting and shaping the nails.

Why pay top dollar for a salon manicure? Do it yourself at home instead, heres how.

Step 1: Remove all of the old nail polish, be sure to use a cotton ball and acetone polish remover. Target brand works great.

Step 2: Next it's time to trim the nail the way you like it, use a nail file and clippers for best results. See How to File Nails - File Nails - Shape Nails for more info.

Step 3:
Soak the nails in a bowl of warm water for 5-10 minutes to soften the nails. Adding a little bit of a mild soft soap to the water is also recommended
. Don't use hot water as this can dry out the nails.

Step 4:
Apply some cuticle oil to the cuticles, if you don't have oil you can use some lotion, although the oil is better.

Step 5: Now its time to push back the cuticles, using a cuticle pusher is recommended. If you don't have one you can use a popsicle stick as a substitute. Do not attempt to cut the cuticles at home, its too delicate a task. If you want the cuticles cut then consult a nail professional.

Step 6: Use a body scrub to scrub your hands, this will exfoliate the skin and give you a fresh renewed look.

Step 7: Important! Dry the hands thoroughly and apply a moisturizer to give the hands and nails a healthy look.

Step 8: (optional) If you like you can now apply a new coat of polish to the nails. Make sure to use a base coat first, then apply a coat of your desired nail polish. A second coat of polish is also recommended for a more elegant, vibrant look. Allow some time in between coats for drying, 60 seconds should be about right. Lastly, apply a top coat for that wet look shine and the ultimate in nail beauty!!
Caring For Nails
Fingernails should be trimmed straight across and slightly rounded at the top. Having nicely trimmed nails can keep you from biting or picking at them, which can lead to infections. It's also a good idea to moisturize nails and cuticles regularly. A little hand lotion will do the trick.

Be careful not to over file your nails, overfiling of the nails can start to tear the fibrous material of the nail itself. Only file your nails when they are completely dry, wet nails are much more susceptible to damage and tearing.

Use gentle files and shape your nails with gentle pressure. This is a little known secret which will give you stronger and more beautiful nails. Filing nails in only one direction isn't necessary, though some people do recommend it, just remember to file them with tender loving care. - -