Why Men Need to get a manicure

If you think getting a manicure is only for women, you’re wrong. Men need to have their hands properly cared for just as much as the ladies. We’re not talking about gel manicures and French tips; just a neat, trim appearance. Proper nail and hand care is essential in order to achieve a polished look. Whether they say it or not, people do notice your hands, so it’s important to make sure they are always presentable. A trip to the nail salon could not only alert you to underlying health issues that may be brewing but also prompt you to put an end to pesky habits.

“Technicians are trained to recognize possible fungus and other infections within the nails, feet, and hands and will advise (not treat) to see a medical professional. It can also help in aiding nail biters and people who habitually pick at their nails and cuticles to kick the habit,” Dr. David E. Bank, board certified dermatologist, assistant clinical professor of dermatology at Columbia Presbyterian Medical Center and founder and director of The Center for Dermatology, Cosmetic & Laser Surgery, told The Cheat Sheet.

One man who understands the importance of well-groomed hands is classical guitarist Steve Newbrough. His digits are always on display, so he makes sure to take good care of them.

“Walking through life, we bang and scrape our hands on things all the time without thinking about it: Refrigerator doors, zippers, car doors, door knobs, and countless other things can wreak havoc on hands and nails in particular. All of those things create small to large scrapes and chips in the nail. This is why filing nails is important, especially for guitarists,” said Newbrough.

Newbrough also takes care of his nails for practical reasons. “Early in my guitar training I learned that the left hand nails needed to be short or else they get in the way. You can’t push down a string if your fingernail is gouging the fret board…  If the player doesn’t file his or her nails regularly the guitar won’t sound good,” said Newbrough.

Hand maintenance also says a lot about how you care for the rest of your body. Depending on the situation, unkempt nails can be a big turn-off and may even cause you to miss an opportunity.

“Grooming extends past the face and shaving all the way to head-to-toe maintenance. Depending on the industry a man is in, his hands may be on display and a well-kept appearance may make or break deals that lead to long-lasting personal and business relationships. For men who are not in an industry where their hands are on display, it is still important to care for your skin and nails as they are indicators of overall health in attracting a mate and overall bodily health,” said Grant Harris, owner and chief style consultant at Image Granted.



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