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What are the pros and cons of orangewood sticks vs. metal implements when it comes to pushing back cuticles?

September 01, 2001 | Bookmark +

What are the pros and cons of orangewood sticks vs. metal implements when it comes to pushing back cuticles?

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Maggie Franklin: The pros of using orangewood sticks are that they are inexpensive and easily disposed of after use. The downside to using orangewood sticks is that they cannot be disinfected.

I prefer metal implements for pushing back cuticles because I know I can properly disinfect the implement without question. Also, I find a metal pusher is just plain easier to work with.

Karen Hodges: In my opinion, a metal implement that is properly shaped to fit the cuticle area is a better choice than an orangewood stick to push back cuticles. My favorite cuticle implements are metallic spoon-type pushers and the cup-shaped “scoops”. They allow the cuticle to be gently pushed back without fear of a sharp corner gouging your client, and they can be cleaned and disinfected. Not only can orangewood sticks splinter, they also attract moisture and unless they are stored in a sanitary air-tight container, this can become a breeding ground for germs. If you do elect to use orangewood sticks, they should be disposed of immediately after the service.

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