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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

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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