How to choose cutters for manicure
Nowadays, we can observe a wide variety of cutters for manicure. The abundance just makes my head spin. How can you figure out which one is best? Today we’ll talk about how to choose cutters for hardware manicure.
Cutters vary in shape, diameter, material from which they are made, and abrasiveness.
Form of cutters for manicure
According to the shape of the nozzle there are: needle-shaped, spherical, conical.
Router nozzle diameter
The diameter of the cutter varies from 1 to 7 mm when it comes to using for manicure. As a rule, nozzles with a larger diameter are not used for manicure, but they can be used, for example, in a pedicure.
What material are cutters made from?
Carbide tips (they have longitudinal-transverse notches, and are used mainly for removing artificial turf, and processing large corns).
Carbide. They come with colored spraying, and their main difference from carbide nozzles is that they last much longer. A friend of mine, a manicurist, has been using carbide cutters for 7 years, and at the same time they are still sharp, and remove the coating like oil. Of course, such nozzles are more expensive than carbide ones, but the possibility of long-term use makes the purchase very reasonable.
Ceramic. They come in different colors, are used to remove gel polish, and have thinner knives, due to which they penetrate deeper into the material. You should be very careful with such cutters, especially if you are a beginner, as it is likely that along with the coating, you will also saw through the nail plate. Therefore, it is best to start your acquaintance with hardware manicure first with carbide tips, and then switch to ceramic ones.
However, if you are an experienced craftsman, then removing the coating using ceramic cutters will take much less time.
Corundum nozzles. They are also sold in a variety of colors, and usually the color determines the abrasive. Corundum is a type of ceramic, and such cutters are designed for processing both skin and nails.
Diamond cutters. Such nozzles work on the principle of a micro-nail file, that is, they gradually, layer by layer, cut down what you need. Diamond cutters can process both the nail plate and the skin. These are very versatile and multifunctional nozzles.
Safe cutting. An indispensable assistant for a beginner manicure master. With it, you will not be able to saw through the nail plate. And after you understand the principle of operation of the device, you can move to a new level, for example, to the use of diamond nozzles.
Silicone carbide cutters. Used for grinding and polishing skin and nails. In this case, the color of the cutter also determines the abrasive.
Sand caps. Used to influence the skin, both in manicure and pedicure. Sand caps come in a variety of grits, such as 100 to 240 grit, and the lower the number, the rougher the cap.
Abrasiveness of cutters for manicure
Cutters for manicure differ in their abrasiveness, that is, in the degree of processing rigidity. The abrasive can be easily assessed even by eye, the smaller the particles, the softer the nozzle. Also, for the convenience of users, on the nozzles you can see various color notches, or "collars", as they are also called. As a general rule, the darker the color, the harder the cutter. If there are no notches on the cutter, it means that it is very soft.
It is necessary to choose the right abrasive for the type of skin and the hand of your client, or for yourself if you bought a router for home use. Therefore, I recommend that you have nozzles of different hardness in your arsenal, for example, a blue abrasive for dry, rough cuticles; and a red or yellow notch is for a thin, moist cuticle.
If we talk about carbide nozzles, then black and green are used to remove artificial material, such as acrylic or gel; blue or red for gel polish; and yellow - for beginners.
In diamond nozzles, blue and green abrasive is used to process side rollers, to work with dry skin. Red abrasive is the most popular among masters, and is used both to lift the cuticle and to treat the lateral sinuses. And the yellow abrasive is the softest, and is ideal for beginners to work with thin, wet, or sensitive cuticles.
How often do you need to change nail cutters?
The service life of the tips depends on the intensity of their use, the type of work, the number of clients, and the method of sterilization. On average, it is 1-3 months for Chinese, Russian, and Belarusian-made bits, and from 3 months to several years if the cutters are made in the USA, Germany, or Switzerland.
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