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How Do Those Basic Home Manicure Tools Work?

Posted by HairSavvy on Mon, Oct 13th, 2008

It’s important to invest in the proper manicure tools if you plan on giving yourself manicures on a regular basis at home. The best manicure tools are the ones that fit all your needs. The cost of manicure tools is pretty much an one-time investment, unless you need to replace something down the line. Purchasing these tools will allow you to do multiple manicures on yourself as an alternative of going to the professional manicure treatment. You can purchase all of these tools at your local drugs


Then you are ready to start your home manicure with the best manicure tools and how to use them. Now all you need is some polish, and you’re good to go! 

  1. A fingernail clipper. Fingernail clippers are used to cut nails that are too long to be filed down. Nails can be cut quickly, easily, and safely with this tool. To use, take the top metal flap and turn it around to 180 degrees. Next, place the portion of nail to be cut in between the blades, being careful no skin is underneath the blades. Then push down on the upper metal flap until you hear a snap, meaning the nail has been cut. Move on to the next nail needing trimming. Once you have finished, simply clean up the nail pieces and swing the top metal flap back around to close the nail clipper. You may also want to wash the nail clipper after each use. Dry with a hairdryer. Otherwise, wetness left on the metal may cause rusting to occur.
     
  2. A nail file or emery board. Using a metal nail file isn’t the best option because it’s not flexible and actually doesn’t file well. Find an emery board that looks soft and gentle. Many files you will see in the drugstore offer files made for artificial nails. For natural nails, look for files that are orange or beige in color and appear smaller than those made for artificial nails. Replace often for best filing results as well as for sanitary reasons. Also, only use your own files, never borrow. Bacteria can be transmitted via files. File in one direction only, whether from left to right or right to left. A back and forth sawing motion may tear the nail. You can buy a whole bunch at once, as they often come prepackaged together.
     
  3. An orangewood stick or cuticle pusher. This is used to push back cuticles. A cuticle pusher usually refers to a metal one, which you can keep for a long time but you must wash it. Orangewood sticks are wooden sticks that should be replaced often to prevent germs from building up. You can wrap a small strip of cotton from a cotton ball around the end of the orangewood stick as a gentler means of pushing back your cuticles. Soften your cuticles first using a specially made cuticle softener or by soaking your nails in some warm, soapy water. Then, using the flat end of the cuticle pusher or orangewood stick, starting at the middle of your nail and working downward towards the hand, push down and slide the excess cuticle skin lower. Don’t push too hard; only push on what can easily be moved. You don’t want to irritate your delicate nail skin.
     
  4. A cuticle clipper. This metal device, if used, must be used with caution. Do not cut skin unless necessary. Also, only cut cuticles or hangnails that are sticking up and easy to cut. Otherwise, you may end up cutting your skin and causing bleeding. Do not cut your cuticle often. Always clean your cuticle clipper with warm water and soap. Soaking in alcohol also helps. To use a cuticle clipper, hold the clipper like a pair of small scissors in one hand. Steady your hand and cut in a hard manner. If you hesitate when cutting, you may pull on your skin. Don’t take your hand away until you are sure no skin is stick in the jaws of the cuticle clipper.

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