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Today's #fingernailfriday topic is about the basics of nail care; cutting, filing and cuticles.
So first of all, how are you suppose to trim your nails? Honestly depends on what you prefer usimg, I prefer using nail nippers to trim my nails over scissors or clippers, as I find I have more control over where I am cutting. (they look like cuticle nippers but are larger and stronger).
When it comes to filing natural nails the finer the grit on the file the better. If you are using something like an emery board you want to look for an 180/240 grit file. The higher the grit number the softer the file is. Glass and metal files are also great as they last forever and can be cleaned really easily. 80 grit files should never be used on natural nails, they should only be used when you start removing acrylic or gel. You want to file your nail from the outwards in, in one direction.
Trimming cuticles is always a debated topic, some people like it others don't. Before I trained in nails the thought of pushing back my cuticles knocked me sick however now I love it. A cuticle is basically the non living tissue on your nail plate. Pushing it back gives more room for your polish making it easier to have a neater application. Also the action of pushing them back can have a positive affect on stimulating nail growth as it encourages blood flow to the area. If you want to trim your cuticles there is a few things you should know and you have a couple options on how to do it. Firstly, if it hurts you are damaging living tissue, cuticle is dead skin so it doesn't hurt, the same way cutting your hair or nails doesn't hurt. You can use a metal cucticle pusher to gentle ease the tissue from the nail plate, an orange wood stick also does the same thing. If you find it is stubborn to remove you can apply cuticle remover or cuticle softener before you start and let it penetrate for a couple of minutes. If you have a lot of excess cuticle you may want to cut it, you can do so by using cuticle nippers but if you don't feel comfortable I wouldn't recommend it as you can cut yourself. After you've tieded up your nails you can go on to apply polish or not, the choice is yours.