How To Clipper Your Nail For Fingernails And Toenails

Clipping nails is a crucial part of your grooming routine, and it requires utmost care and caution to avoid causing cuts and scrapes. The trickiest part, however, is choosing the right clipper. If you pick the wrong clipper, you may end up clipping off your skin or causing more damage.

These days, every imaginable type of clipper is available in the market! Some are best suited for clipping hard toenails while some are great to tackle ingrown nails. So if you are looking for some functional and durable nail clippers, here are the top nail clippers that are great for daily use. Read on to know more!

Wash your hands and feet

Soak your nails for a few minutes before you cut them this softens the calcified growths and makes them easier to trim. If your nails are less brittle, you may be less likely to split them. Dry your hands and feet after washing. You can cut your nails while they are wet, but you may have more control over the cut if you are working in a dry environment.

Choose your cutting tool

You can use nail clippers or manicure scissors. The choice is largely a matter of preference.

Make sure that your clippers are clean

If possible, buy your own set of nail-cutting tools, and keep separate sets for your fingernails and toenails. Wash the implements regularly with a disinfectant for the sake of sanitation. Dish detergent or antibacterial soap will do: just soak the cutting tools for 10 minutes in a bowl of hot, soapy water.

Be mindful of where you cut your nails

Make sure that you set up a place for the clippings to go; you may offend other people if you leave chunks of your nails strewn all over the floor. Consider clipping your nails into a trashcan or a compost bin. Hold your fingers and toes directly over the receptacle, and try to track down the clippings that fly astray. Try not to clip your nails in public spaces, and avoid clipping near people that are talking.

Trim your nails often, but do not be overzealous

Nails grow about 1/10 of an inch (2.5 mm) every month, meaning that it takes 3-6 to grow a full nail. If you cut your nails frequently you won’t need to worry about them growing too long or too wild. If your nails begin to hurt at the edges, you might be developing an ingrown nail; try to trim away the painful growth before it goes too deep, but it would be wiser to seek a health care professional.

Cut your fingernails

The goal here is to remove the “free edges” of your nails: the opaque, off-white crescents that grow at the tips of your nails. Cut the nails almost completely straight across, and round them a little at the corners to keep the nails strong. Cutting the nail straight will reduce your chance of developing ingrown nails.

Make small cuts

Cut your nails using a lot of small cuts; do not try to snip away the entire “free edge” with a single cut. Toenails are naturally oval-shaped, and a single cut tends to flatten out the oval.

Some Advices

Soften the nails

The best time to trim your nails is immediately after taking a bath or shower. However, if that isn’t possible, soak your nails in lukewarm water for a few minutes to soften them.

Gather the proper tools

Use a nail clipper or nail scissors for your fingernails and a toenail clipper for your toenails. Remember to disinfect your tools monthly. To disinfect them, soak a small scrub brush in a bowl of 70 to 90 percent isopropyl alcohol and then use the brush to scrub your nail clippers or nail scissors. Afterwards, rinse the tools in hot water and dry them completely before putting them away.

To trim your fingernails, cut almost straight across the nail

Use a nail file or emery board to slightly round the nails at the corners, as this will help keep them strong and prevent them from catching on things like clothing or furniture.

To reduce your chances of getting an ingrown toenail, cut straight across when trimming your toenails

Toenails grow more slowly than fingernails, so you may find that you do not need to trim these nails as often.

Smooth uneven or rough edges using a nail file or emery board

Always file the nail in the same direction, as filing back and forth can weaken your nails.

Leave your cuticles alone

Cuticles protect the nail root, so it’s important to avoid cutting your cuticles or pushing them back. When you trim or cut your cuticles, it’s easier for bacteria and other germs to get inside your body and cause an infection. If you get a nail infection, it can sometimes take a long time to clear.

Moisturize after trimming to help keep your nails flexible

This is especially important when the air is dry, as dry nails split more easily.

Nails are a reflection of your overall health

If you notice a change in the color, texture, or shape of your nail, see a board-certified dermatologist. While some changes are harmless, others could be a sign of a disease, such as melanoma, or an infection, such as a nail fungal infection.

Don’t cut straight across

When cutting your fingernails, be certain you’re using one of those smaller, rounded-blade clippers; they’re the ones designed for fingers, and they work well on your smaller toes. The large, straight-blade nail clipper in your dopp kit is for your big toe.

The nails should (literally) reflect your cuticles

If you’re unsure of what shape your nails should have, just look at your cuticles. Imagine your nail as an oval an odd oval, yes. The U-shape of the cuticle should be reflected (upside down) by the top of your nail. And, since the top is often wider than the cuticle, you may have to adjust for size; the primary goal here is to mirror the shape.

Leave a little white

As for nail length, there’s a small spectrum of acceptable lengths. You should leave at least a sliver of “white” at the top of your nails that space where the nail starts to separate from the skin it protects. If you look at your fingers from the side, the whites of the nails shouldn’t be so long that they start to divorce the rounded shape of the finger. If the nail is so long that it extends past the fingertips, you’re due for a trim.

Be conservative with hangnails

You’re going to get a hangnail every so often, even if you’ve been proactively tending to your cuticles. When it does happen, only clip the excess skin, stopping at the base of the hangnail. Seriously, stop there.

Clean underneath

This should be done daily, not just after cutting the nails. If you can’t pick out any dirt by hand, then take that nail-clipper extension the cuticle pusher and gently scrape away anything stuck under there. Don’t overdo it: It’s all too easy to pierce the skin that clings to the nails.


Apply hand lotion daily, and distribute it to the nails. Do this immediately following any self-administered manicuring, too. Lotion is both an offense and defense: It will keep nails polished and strong, while nourishing any lingering hangnails or freshly nipped cuticles.

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