Our nails grow 3 mm per month on average. So, whether you like them long like a tigress’s claws or prefer to wear them short, it is essential to shorten them regularly! Although it is preferable to use a nail file on long nails, clippers are very practical for cutting short nails, both on the hands and feet. Here are our tips for cutting your nails without damaging them.
- Should you file or cut?
Nail clippers and nippers are often criticised: when used incorrectly, they can sometimes weaken the nails by causing them to split. Nevertheless, they can be used safely for cutting toenails, which are tougher and thicker. Their main advantage is that they are quick!
Where fingernails are concerned, there are two scenarios:
• You have long manicured nails: in this case, nail clippers should definitely be avoided. Use only a nail file to keep your nails looking beautiful.
• You have short nails, or you have long nails but now wish to shorten them: using a nail file can seem tedious. Because short nails aren’t as fragile as long nails, they can withstand clipping or cutting. Simply follow the advice below to keep them healthy…
- How should you cut your nails?
• Industry professionals recommend using nail nippers rather than nail clippers: they are more precise and the risk of nail splitting is reduced.
• Before cutting your nails, soak them in warm water for about ten minutes: the heat will soften them and they will be easier to cut. You can also cut your nails just after a shower or bath.
• For toenails: cut your nails straight across with large clippers or nippers suitable for tough nails. To avoid ingrown toenails, don’t cut your nails below than the tip of your toe.
• For fingernails: choose smaller nippers and cut your nails all the way across with a rounded shape, but without cutting into the corners. Keep one to two millimetres of white at the nail tip: if you cut them shorter, you risk hurting yourself and you make it easier for bacteria to penetrate beneath the nails.
• Lastly, use a nail file on both your toenails and fingernails to smooth the edges and ensure they won’t catch on anything. Opt for a cardboard nail file if you can, as they are less harsh than the metal ones.
• Cut your nails as soon as their length bothers you: every week or every two weeks, depending on how fast they grow – this varies from one individual to the next.