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: Antoine de Paris #215 Curette
> Look for a spoon option that is large enough to remove debris but small enough to avoid client discomfort. Many techs choose a 1 mm. spoon for fingernail work.
> Curettes generally last a long time, but if yours is dull or bent from use, it’s time to replace it.
> Handles are typically flat or rounded. Some brands offer a less common curved handle.
> A double-ended option provides a larger spoon size (frequently 2 mm.) for toenails.
shown: Beautiful Nails by Kupa Curved Tweezers
> Tips should be perfectly aligned. Avoid tweezers with gaps, spaces, or burs in the tips, creating an uneven edge.
> A bend in the footing makes it easier to pick up rhinestones.
> If you’re using tweezers to pinch an acrylic C-curve, then purchase a tall long tweezer.
> Fully aligned tips close along their entire length. Beware of tweezers that aren’t calibrated correctly.
> The right tension is achieved by the thickness and composition of the material, dimensions and angle of the tweezer, and the technique used to connect the arms. Lower quality tweezers don’t have balanced tension, which affects the handling and durability. The tweezer arms may not have flexibility, making the tweezer too stiff or too flimsy.
Our Implement Experts
Barry LaVaque, LaVaque Professional
Elaine Watson, Star Nail International
Lesley Rollo, Mehaz Professional
Maureen Beresford, Tweezerman International
Nicole Burnett, Antoine de Paris
Tracy Reierson, Young Nails
Vicki Peters, Kupa
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