In the market for a new cuticle nipper or curette? We explain what to look for in six of the most common metal implements.
shown: Star Nail StarPro Straight Scissors
> Ensure the blade is a good size (not too long) for precise cutting.
> Curved versus straight edges is a matter of personal preference.
> Make sure the tip comes to a nice sharp point for precise trimming of wraps.
> If the blades are snagging on fabric, it’s time to replace the scissors.
shown: Tweezerman Cobalt Stainless Steel Cuticle Nipper 1/4 Jaw
> Jaw size (1/8, 1/4, 1/2, and full) is a matter of personal preference. Smaller generally gives you more control, but some techs prefer to remove more cuticle at once via a larger size.
> If your nippers aren’t cutting without pulling at the skin, it’s a tell-tale sign you need to have your tool sharpened or replaced.
> Keep nipper joints clean and freshly oiled to avoid rust. If rust appears, clean the joint, add more oil, and wipe off excess.
> No spring, single-spring, and double-spring configurations are available. The spring controls the handle tension. The tension level is personal preference, though many techs prefer the double-spring design as it prevents metal from rubbing on metal.
> If you have large hands, look for nippers with long handles.
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