More than just the protective ends of our fingers and toes, nails have evolved into canvases for beauty. With specialized nail salons and home services cropping up, women (and men) have one less excuse not to polish their act. However, professional services aren’t the only way to groom your nails. You can always do it yourself. Before you set out to prettifying those digits, though, remember that it's just as important to care for them!
Browse through the gallery for 5 nail myths debunked, plus 5 tips for pampering those nails.
(First published as "Nail It!" in the "Beauty Investigation" section of Marie Claire Philippines' November 2007 issue. Adapted for use in Female Network. Photo by Maegan Tintari via Flickr Creative Commons)