Preparation – to smoothen the process of cutting
Thoroughly washing both your hands and feet
Do soak your nails in water for couple of minutes prior to cutting them. This helps soften the calcified growths , making it easier to trim them. If your nails aren’t as soft, you’ll be less likely to break the nails. Dry your feet and hands after washing. It is possible to cut your nails while damp, but you might be more in control of the cut if doing work in an dry location.
This step is crucial for toenails. Toenails are generally thicker and stronger than fingernails particularly on your biggest toe.
Choosing the Right Tool for the Right Job
It is possible to use nail clippers as well as manicure cutters. The decision is an issue of personal preference. Take into consideration the advantages and disadvantages of each choice:
- Nail clippers are affordable simple and easily accessible. They cut your nails with an edge that is concave shaped that can be useful if they meet your nail requirements however it can be a bit it can be a hassle if the crescent is too big or small. Toenail clippers typically have more forceful bites and an edge that is straighter to deal with larger nails as well as the possibility of ingrown nails.
- Manicure scissors are more rare than nail clippers, however some prefer their use. It may take a bit more skill to trim your nails using manicure scissors. But, you’ll can also control the shape of the cut. Like their name implies manicure scissors are ideal for nail care. It is recommended to use an extra-strong set of clippers to protect your feet.
- A report from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Health Resources and Services Administration declares that it’s not safe to use any other sharp cutting tools such as razor blades, knives or ordinary scissors to cut your nails. The cutting tool could slip and damage the skin that surrounds the nail.
Ensure that the Tools are clean
If you are able, get your own nail-cutting tools and keep separate sets of nail-cutting tools for your toenails and fingernails. Clean the tools regularly using an anti-bacterial to ensure of hygiene. Dishwasher detergent or antibacterial soap can be used for cutting tools: soak the equipment for 10 minutes hot soapy water.
Where to cut the nails – be mindful of the surrounding
Be sure to have a designated area where the clippings can go. You could be offensive to others if you leave bits of your nails scattered across the floor. Think about putting your nails into an empty trash can or a compost bin. Place your toes and fingers directly on top of the container, and attempt to find the clippings that go missing. Make sure you don’t clip your nails in public areas and stay clear of clipping in proximity to people who are conversing.
- It is possible to compost your fingernails and toenails. They’ll not add much to the compost pile, however they’re organic and will eventually break down. Do not try to compost false nails (acrylics) or nails that have been polished excessively because these synthetic substances will not break down.
Trim your nails regularly but not too often
Nails develop around 1/4 inch (2.5 millimeters) each month, which means that it takes between 3-6 months for a nail to grow fully. If you trim your nails often–say once every two weeks or more–you don’t have to worry about them getting excessively long or wild. If your nails start to hurt around the edges, it could be experiencing the appearance of an ingrown nail Try trimming off the painful growth before it gets too deep however, it is better to consult a health specialist.
Actual Cutting your fingernails
The goal here is to remove the “free edges” of your nails: the opaque, off-white crescents that grow at the tips of your nails. Cut the nails almost completely straight across, and round them a little at the corners to keep the nails strong. Cutting the nail straight will reduce your chance of developing ingrown nails.
Ensure that your cuts on nails are small and not big ones
Cut your nails with many tiny cuts. Don’t try to cut away all of the “free edge” by making a single cut. Toenails are oval in shape and a single cut can tend to flatten the oval.
- You can try clipping your nail several times. Start with one side, moving across the nail to the opposite side.
Cutting your toenails
Apply the same method you employed on your fingernails. Toenails tend to be larger than fingernails, and so ensure that you don’t make use of a small pair of clippers. You should cut straight across. cutting inwards towards the edges increases the risk of developing issues and, for diabetics, could cause medical intervention. If you are able to avoid it, don’t apply the same pair of clippers for your toenails as you did for your fingernails. In this means you’ll not transmit infections between your toes and hands.
Don’t cut too much, beware
It’s tempting to keep cutting nail edges (for the reasons of convenience, aesthetics or even a sense of the desire to do so) regardless of having removed your “free edges”. If you cut your nails too deeply you’ll expose the delicate skin underneath the nail and might increase the chance of developing infection. Keep the ends of your nails in line with the tip of your finger or just remove one tiny bit of the transparent “free edges”.
Filing your nails is a best practice after you cut them
There is no need for filing your nails however this process can help create the exact shape you would like them. Cutting your nails can result in sharp edges, however it’s simple to file them in a uniform manner. Make use of a nail file or pumice stone or any other tough smooth surface.
- The nails of a nail that is rough can catch socks, clothes and pantyhose. If your nails get caught onto something, they might break or tear.
- Filing your nails will to give them a more rounded form.
Wait for them to be dry
Take a few minutes until your nails dry and not as soft. Wet nails can cause rough, rough nails once they dry. It could cause your nails to split or crack.
Nail Filing Process
Use a nail filer to form your nails and to ensure the edges of your nail are clean. Make sure to file lightly, using one long stroke, starting from the sides until the middle on the nail. Make use of the coarse shaping side first, if you’re looking to remove any nail. Next, you can use the finer shaper side for smoothing out your nails.
- The nails you use should appear triangular or oval, however, they should not be pointed. This prevents their nails from breaking. Nails are susceptible to weakening in the event that you press too hard into the corners or sides.
- Filing your nails can help to give them a more rounded and uniform shape.
When you file or cut make sure to check your nails periodically to make sure that they’re identical in length and shape. Be sure they’re clean sharp or jagged nails could be uncomfortable and difficult to use when you’re living your daily life. Continue to clip and file to ensure that your nails remain level.