Published 05.21.2023


One detail that is often neglected is the nails. In order to go to the salon for a manicure, you don't always have the time or the money. Carrying manicure scissors everywhere is not a good idea either. Their sharp tips can tear your purse, and trimming your nails with them while traveling or at an event is just not convenient. In such cases, a nail clipper comes to the rescue. 

What's a Clipper?

A clipper is a miniature mechanical nail clipper for nail care. This tool can be found in most home manicure kits. In fact, the clipper is needed for the same thing as manicure scissors, to remove the outgrown part of the nail plate, but has a number of advantages over the latter. 

  • It has no sharp ends, allowing you to carry it around even in your pocket. 
  • Most clippers are sold with a small chain or have a hole for one. The tool can be hung on a keychain with your keys and always be handy. 
  • Much more user-friendly. Among the disadvantages of manicure scissors, many note the inconvenience of trimming nails with the left hand. No such problems with the clipper, it is equally comfortable to use with both hands. 
  • Allows you to quickly shorten a nail in one motion with minimal effort. Does not leave dents or torn edges. 
  • Does not touch the skin around the nail, does not leave burrs. You can cut nails even for small children. 
  • Bites off burrs easily and painlessly. 

Manicure clippers are usually made of a metal alloy that may include carbon, silicon, magnesium or chromium. Some manufacturers coat their manicure tools with gold or silver plating. Gold plating serves more to give the product an attractive appearance and some status. Silver has been known since ancient times for its disinfectant properties. It prevents the growth of bacteria and harmful microorganisms on the surface of the instrument, so you don't have to worry too much about the sterility of the instrument. 

How do I use the clipper?

The nail clippers are very easy to use and require no skill whatsoever. Simply position the tool on the bend of your index finger perpendicular to the nail surface and press the lever with your thumb. 

This variant of manicure is ideal for both thin, soft nails and hard nails, with which scissors can not cope well. That's why men prefer clippers, which are great for thick nails and more durable than small manicure scissors. 

A nail clipper can help in a variety of situations. For example, dealing with an inherited extra fifth toe nail, which occurs where the toenail of the pinky toe separates to form a smaller "sixth toenail" at the outer corner of the nail. Like any other nail, it can be trimmed with a nail clipper.