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How to Cut Your Fingernails and Toenails

How to Cut Your Fingernails and Toenails

  1. Have clean and dry nails. Cutting wet nails can make them ragged.
  2. Cut nails straight across until they no longer extend over your finger or toe, and that they don't show any white. For fingernails, the finished nail should follow the contour of the "quick."
  3. Use a nail file to make sure the edges of the nail are smooth. Jagged nails can catch on clothes, socks, and pantyhose and potentially cause nails to tear or break.
  4. Nails should be slightly square or oval and not pointed. This will prevent them from breaking.
  5. Nails can weaken if you file too low into the corners and sides.
  6. File gently in one long stroke, from the side to the center of the nail.
  7. The ideal length that suits most hands is just over the fingertip.DO NOT CUT INTO THE QUICK.
  8. Don't bite your nails, it will create ingrown finger and toe nails.


  • There are special nail cutters made just for toenails. While a normal nail cutter is slightly curved, a toenail cutter goes straight across so as to reduce the likelihood of ingrown toenails.
  • You can also buff nails to make them shiny smooth.
  • Massage in a cuticle cream to keep cuticles healthy and moisturized.
  • If your nails are very brittle, soaking them in water beforehand will soften them up. You can also cut them right after bathing.
  • Do apply hand cream every time you wash your hands. The oils in the cream will seal moisture into your nails.
  • Wear rubber gloves when doing the dishes because main cause of soft nails is exposure to water, so
  • If you have very weak nails, try painting your base coat and nail polish under the tip of your nails to give them extra strength.
  • You can dry the wet nails instantly by plunging them into ice cold water.
  • In order to repair a split nail, tear a little paper from a teabag or coffee filter paper and glue it over the tear with nail glue.
  • Once it's dry, buff until smooth, and then apply your polish.
  • To avoid mud getting into nails during gardening or messy work, drag your nails over a bar of soap. The undersides of your nails will fill up with soap, which means dirt won't be able to get in.
  • Use a toothbrush and toothpaste to clean ink and stains from your finger tips.
  • Do not file your nails immediately after a bath because they are weak at this time and are likely to split.
  • Using a cotton bud (swab) with a pointed end, clean under your nails - it's gentler than scrubbing with a nail brush.
  • Every evening smooth your nails with a nourishing oil or conditioning cream.
  • This well help to seal moisture into your nails and prevent them from flaking and splitting.