PUT THE “MAN” IN MANICURE
Your grooming should be from head to toe, arms and hands included.

Life can wreak havoc on your hands and nails in particular. You knock and scrape your hands on things all the time without even thinking about it. The same goes for your feet, even though they are mostly hidden in shoes. A professional manicure or pedicure is more than just nail clippers. They not only make your nails look neat but may also alert you to any health issues over time. So why not take your grooming routine to the next level?

PUT THE “MAN” IN MANICURE

CALM DOWN!

Yes, this one is about manicures (and quite honestly even about pedicures). No, that doesn’t mean you have to deal with gel manicures, nail polish or even French tips. So calm down, alright. We’re just talking about a neat and trim look on the tips of your fingers and toes. And we’re not just saying that to help you upgrade your overall awesomeness but to make you aware of one simple fact as well: The condition of your nails can point to underlying health issues. So why not spend more time with your girlfriend, take a trip to the nail salon together next time and indulge your hard-working hands and feet in a manicure or pedicure for men?

OUTPOSTS OF YOUR GROOMING ROUTINE

Whether you work as a doctor or hotel receptionist, or you’re just the passionate thumbs-up type of guy, your grooming routine should extend past your hair and face to complete head-to-toe maintenance (arms included). Some jobs simply require you to take good care of your nails. But even if not, do yourself and mankind a little favor, because the state of your hands says a thing or two about how you care for the rest of your body. So the more hands you shake or the more you expose your fingers to others, the more crucial it is that your counterpart doesn’t see any black rims under your nails or get scratched by nails that resemble daggers or saw blades. You wouldn’t want that either, would you? And simple nail clippers are not too hard to operate, seriously.

HEAD-TO-TOE, REMEMBER?

Apart from lifeguards on duty and professional slackliners, there are not many professions in the world which need to be done barefoot. But that does not mean you should leave your toenails unkempt. In fact, the less air and light your feet receive, the more you should do to prevent them from turning into hobbit feet. Your feet might not grow themselves a sixth toe each, but the warm and moist climate in some shoes can be a real hotbed for possible fungus and other infections in your nails or feet once they have penetrated your skin through tiny injuries. Sounds unpleasant, right? It is.

TRUST THE EXPERTS

Well-kept fingernails and toenails look nice. Period! You may already take good care of your nails by using nail clippers and files, but there is always room for improvement. And that’s what experts are there for. The cool thing is that many of them provide expert services that not only cover the cosmetics of your manicure and pedicure but are also trained to recognize health issues your nails may possibly reveal. And these might just be an indicator of something wrong with your hands or feet or elsewhere in your body. Of course, nail salon experts aren’t medical professionals, but they can certainly advise you to go see one if necessary. So when you get a manicure or pedicure for men, take their advice seriously, okay?

ONE MORE THING

Do you have a habit of biting your nails? Recent studies have shown that almost half of grown-ups do that at some point in their life. So there is nothing to be ashamed of here, but there is certainly reason enough to kick that pesky habit. It starts with the aesthetic and hygienic concerns of biting your nails while riding in a taxi during rush hour or after doing the gardening barehanded.  Under your nails is a hotbed for all kinds of dirt, debris and germs. But there are even more serious medical implications of chronic nail-biting, such as ingrown nails or hangnails (painful!), oral infections or warts (all bad!). A professional manicure on a regular basis can even help you to relax yourself and might thus indirectly help you to kick that habit of nail-biting once and for all.

BEYOND ENEMY LINES? NOT ANYMORE!

Times are changing, we all know that. And in line with that, professional nail salons nowadays are not all pink armchairs, silk flowers, hologram paintings and cheap champagne in a neon-light environment somewhere downstairs in your local shopping mall. Some of them may still be and will remain so, but more and more salons are “male-friendly” (bring your girlfriend!) and some are even “men only”, with cold beer and live sports on TV (bring your boys!). So it may be time for you to rethink, because you’re no longer going beyond enemy lines as soon as you enter a nail salon. A manicure or pedicure for men is good for you. And you may even like it.