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: Mehaz Professional The Original Edge Cutter 114
> Look for a nice sharp blade that cuts through the tip without applying pressure.
> If you start to notice the tool putting pressure on the tip as it’s cutting it, the blade needs replacing. Pressure can cause cracks, which can’t always be seen by the naked eye.
> For all metal implements, stainless steel is the best option, as it can stand up to repeated disinfection without rusting or corrosion.
> Purchase a tip cutter that offers the shapes you want, whether that’s round or straight.
shown: Young Nails Pusher and Remover
> The end of a pusher should always be smooth. Any bumps or nicks should be repaired and sharpened out to a factory edge.
> Shape — square, round, or in between — is a matter of personal preference. Size is based on the size of your client’s nail bed.
> Practice on yourself to test the edge of the tool before trying it on a client, so you know how much pressure to use.
> Many cuticle pushers come with a pterygium remover on the opposite end.
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