Male manicure mistakes
Nowadays, more and more men care about their appearance. At the same time, there are still quite a lot of representatives of the stronger sex who take care of their nails incorrectly. Our topic today is male manicure mistakes.
Of course, no one likes to be pointed out to mistakes. :) But in this case, I advise you gentlemen to swallow this bitter pill and keep reading, because it can help not only improve the appearance of your nails, but even prevent some health problems!
Mistake #1: Improper hygiene
Nails and cuticles are an important part of our body and are potential entry points into the body, as are all of our skin, pores, etc.
This means that with insufficient hygiene, infections can easily attack our body. And using the same clippers for toenails and fingernails can help. If you don't properly sanitize your tools, it will be difficult to avoid the spread of fungus and bacteria that lead to bad odors and potentially painful infections.
Once, a Brazilian woman even contracted HIV using her cousin's manicure kit.
What should be done:
Get your own set of nail care tools, with separate accessories for your feet and hands, and wash them regularly with a disinfectant. Even if you're just using nail clippers, make sure they're washed before and after use.
And if you ignore this advice, then be prepared that the bacteria will grow and multiply, and easily enter your body the next time you use this tool.
You can buy a good men's manicure set in addition to the Internet at any specialized cosmetic store, or even at a pharmacy.
Mistake #2: Relying solely on nail clippers
Manicure for most men is not a manicure at all. :) This is a quick pass with nail clippers. And most often, men do not even think about the tool they use.
Nail clippers are cheap, portable and convenient, all of which appeal to consumers. Unfortunately, they can significantly damage your nails.
The mechanism of the nail clippers is quite rigid. You press two iron plates into the nail to break it. Since most cheap nail clippers are made of mild steel, their edges get dull quickly, which means you're pressing two blunt pieces of metal into your fingernail - it's basically a miniature version of hitting a door frame with your fingernail!
Blunt force trauma tears the nail and almost guarantees uneven growth. This, in turn, means that the nails will have to be cut more often, using the same blunt tweezers, which will only worsen the condition of the nails.
What to do:
Instead of using the same old tweezers over and over again, invest in a decent nail kit with a few nail trimmers, and more importantly, a few scissors. Scissors cut from the outer edge, widening the cut in a straight line, and allow you to cut your fingernails better, preventing ingrown nails.
Mistake #3: Using Poor Quality Tools
Manicure tools work best when they are made from high carbon steel. They stay sharp for the longest time, which is very important, because few ordinary consumers sharpen or adjust tools after purchase.
Unfortunately, carbon steel is prone to rust, which is a big disadvantage for tools often found in bathrooms. An affordable solution is stainless steel, which is not friendly with rust, but also dulls faster. The expensive solution is high-carbon stainless steel - it's expensive to manufacture and only available in a few places, but perfect for manicure sets.
Naturally, it is quite expected that you will not want to pay $20-$50 for a tool that you can find in pharmacies for a dollar. But you get what you pay for: expensive, high-quality steel tools can be used over and over again without harming your nails, while the cheapest manicure tools quickly become dull and turn into instruments of torture at the end of a year of use.
Simply put, manicure tools from France, Switzerland, or Germany (especially the famous blade-making region of Solingen) will be of higher quality than tools from China and Pakistan. There are exceptions in both directions, but for the most part, steel made in Europe will have a higher carbon content and longer life than its Asian counterparts.
Mistake #4: Trimming Without Sawing
A straight cut is good for toenails, but a different tactic is needed for hands. If you cut your nails straight with forceps, this will make a square out of the nail plate, and the corners of the nail will dig unpleasantly into the skin. If you cut the nails on both sides with tweezers, then the nails will remain pointed in the center, which is also not entirely practical.
The nail file helps to round off the shape of the nail and allows it to grow in a smooth, natural curve. A rounded nail is less likely to grow into the skin, which will prevent blisters and infections.
Therefore, you should not take the nail file as an exclusively female attribute. It can be very useful for men's manicure. :)
I hope my information was useful to you, and the procedure for men's manicure no longer seems to you something beyond. Don't be intimidated by the abundance of text, it's actually quite simple: invest in a good manicure set made of quality steel and use all the tools, including a nail file. Be healthy, beautiful, and still courageous! :)