Natural Nails

Let's Hear It for the Lefties

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.  

Young Nails’ new Left-Handed X-Cut bit features clockwise teeth.
<p>Young Nails&rsquo; new Left-Handed X-Cut bit features clockwise teeth.</p>

Young Nails’ traditional X-Cut bit has counterclockwise teeth.
<p>Young Nails&rsquo; traditional X-Cut bit has counterclockwise teeth.</p>

*Innovations in bits: Just a few weeks ago, Young Nails launched a bit exclusively for left-handed e-filers. It’s called the “Left-Handed X-Cut.” Young Nails president Greg Salo said his “aha” moment happened several years ago when a bit tooling company sent Young Nails a batch of X-Cut bits with the teeth facing straight (instead of the usual counterclockwise). Young Nails sent the bits to its customers and almost immediately started getting calls from customers who were cutting themselves and their clients. When Salo inspected the batch of bits, he “realized just how important the curve of the teeth is.” He told NAILS that when the teeth face the wrong way (including facing straight like this batch did, which Salo said isn’t good for either right- or left-handed techs), it can cause the bit to bounce or ricochet off the surface off the nail, sometimes into skin. He then realized that if he reversed the direction of the teeth he would have a bit that’s ideal for lefties. With more and more techs e-filing now, he said the timing is perfect for the Left-Handed X-Cut. It’s been tested by left-handed techs for several months and has been getting rave reviews, according to Salo. 


When ambidextrous tech Jenny Meek polishes toenails, she polishes the foot that’s on her left with her left hand and the foot that’s on her right with her right hand.
<p>When ambidextrous tech Jenny Meek polishes toenails, she polishes the foot that&rsquo;s on her left with her left hand and the foot that&rsquo;s on her right with her right hand.</p>

One possible perk to being left-handed is some of these techs have adapted to being ambidextrous, using both hands equally for nail services. “I think it’s because when we are young people try to get us to use our other hand, and therefore we end up being able to use both,” says Jenny Meek of Classy Nails by Jenny in Fletcher, Okla. Sam Rivenbark of East Coast Acrylic in Edenton, N.C., agrees. She says, “In fact I’m thankful because I can switch hands when I’m tired.”

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