We can’t all be experts on everything. That’s why we outsource, right? When a fuse blows up in our houses, we don’t claim to know how to fix it. And when our team loses on the field, while we may scream and shout from the comfort of our couches, we don’t feel like we could be in those skinny pants ourselves!
Cutting your nails is no different. While you may be the employee of the month at your day job, no one expects you to know how to manicure your nails like a professional.
Consider this your cheat sheet on everything you need to know when cutting your nails at home. Fool those colleagues into thinking you’re a regular at the spa and the electrician into thinking you’ve got your s**t together.
Nail trimming and grooming are not a style statement but an essential part of self-care and hygiene. By keeping your nails clean and trimmed, you harbor fewer germs and dirt. Therefore, it is vital to know basic nail care techniques to prevent unwanted injuries and infections. In addition, mistakes in nail clipping can lead to problems like onycholysis, hangnails, and ingrown nails (mainly in the toes).
So here’s what NOT to do when cutting your nails:
1. Cutting nails when they are dry
Clipping dry nails can be difficult because they are harder. If they are dry, you may cut too deep, or the cutting will not be smooth or shaped well. Before you clip your nails, soak your nails in warm water for a few minutes to soften them.
2. Cutting nails in odd shapes
They become weaker when the nails are trimmed or filed into pointy, almond, square, or other shapes. Weak nails are more likely to break or chip and may even hurt. So instead, trim the nails straight across from one end to the other, then file the corners a little more rounded.
3. Cutting nails too short
Nail beds can be exposed when nails are cut too short. This can be extremely painful and may even result in bleeding. Breaks in the skin can be extremely painful. It is recommended that you keep the nails short but not cut them so deep that the nail bed is exposed. If you have short nails, you can also just file them instead of cutting them.
4. Filing nails back and forth
Nails are fibrous tissues that can crack when clipped. Cracked nails become weak and chipped. Nail filing makes the edges smooth and even, so it is important. The back and forth filing, on the other hand, can lead to microcracks in the nails, resulting in easier breakage. Keep your nails strong by filing them in one direction.
At Swissklip, we have the perfect tools to help you need to get the perfect trim. From finger and toenail clippers to buffer pads and cuticle clippers, find everything you need to fool those around you and get your nails up to scratch – get it?