Whether you’re a left-handed tech yourself, have one as a coworker, or simply want to see nails from a different perspective, you can benefit from learning about how south paw nail techs adapt their set-ups to stay in their right minds and in the right career path for them.
Much like the left-handed scissors you might remember from school classrooms, left-handed nail implements can be a huge improvement over traditional (right-handed) implements because they allow left-handed techs to maintain a clear view of the nail at all times, plus alleviate the need for them to twist their wrists or arms into uncomfortable positions. Ask your favorite implement manufacturer if it makes a left-handed version of the implements you use. Here are a few left-hand-friendly tools we found.
Antoine de Paris’ #43 is a left-handed version of its classic #44 pterygium remover and pusher combo tool. The company launched its first pterygium remover in the mid-1980s, then released this version — with the correct curve for lefties — a few years later.
Mehaz sells professional angled straight toenail clippers, like this 664 Professional Toenail Clipper, that can be easily converted to left-handed clippers. To convert, remove the clippings catcher and squeeze the clipper jaws together, which will cause the handle to come unhinged from the center pin. Then turn the clipper over, re-insert the pin, and re-attach the handle.
Tweezerman’s Cuticle Snipper works well as a cuticle nipper for left-handed nail techs because it can be used with the left hand as well as with the right since it has a body like a tweezer.
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