Are you finding it difficult to cut your fingernails and toenails? Although many of us have our nails done in salons, the truth is spending money for regular trimming of your nails can be a bit too much. Learning how to cut your nails can cut down your trips to your favourite nail salon which translates to money saved in your pocket.
Trimming or cutting your nails is actually easy. So if you want to do the cutting on your own, here are easy to follow steps on how to go about this grooming task.
How to Cut Your Fingernails and Toenails
Soak Them Up
The first step is to prepare your nails. It is best to soak your fingernails and toenails before cutting them. Prepare a basin and fill it up with lukewarm water. Soaking your nails before cutting them will make them softer which will make the cutting task easier. Doing this will also prevent your nails from splitting. You can also add a few drops of Moroccan Argan oil in the soak. This oil will moisturise your nails and cuticles. It is best to have a separate soak for your fingernails and toenails. You can cut your fingernails first and leave your toenails soaked while doing so since toenails are usually tougher.
Cut Straight Across
You may have been used to cutting your nails into a curve but the right way to do it is actually straight across. This applies to both the fingernails and toenails. By cutting straight across, you are allowing your nails to grow stronger. Make sure that you use a sharp pair of nail clippers. It is best to use a different pair of sharp clippers for your toenails.
Dry Them Up
Be patient and let your nails dry first before doing any filing. Wet nails are softer and if you file them, you’ll end up with jagged edges. More importantly, filing wet nails can lead to nail splitting and cracking.
To smoothen the edges of your fingernails and toenails, you’ll need to file them. Nails with jagged edges can catch on cloth materials and may lead to nail tearing or breakage. When filing your nails, be gentle. It is advisable that you file in one long stroke and start from the side then moving to the middle of the nail. See to it that your nails end up with a bit of a triangular or oval shape but never pointed after filing. Never file too much on the corners or sides of your nails as this can make your nails weaker. You would not want wearing nails that easily break.
Give Them a Good Look Over
Check your nails to see if they are in the same length and shape. Make sure that you give the edges a good lookover making sure that they are not jagged. Make the needed adjustments by either clipping or filing.