How to Clip Your Nails Like a Pro | GQ

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Hi. I'm Dr. John Fritz, and today we're going to talk a little bit about how to cut your toenails properly. The best time to cut your toenails is immediately after a bath or shower when your nails are soft and supple. You should use a proper toenail clipper to cut your nails, and the nails should be cut straight across.

I usually recommend to my patients leaving at least one millimeter of white showing at the tip of your nail, sort of like what a French manicure looks like. Avoid cutting into the sides of your nail, whereas this can lead to an ingrown toenail.

Don't push your cuticles back when you cut your nails. Leave them there. They are there for a reason. They help prevent bacteria and infection from going into the actual nail matrix.

A light emery board also works wonderful to smooth the nails and prevent jagged edges and to prevent them from catching on your socks.

If you are an athlete, runner, tennis player, basketball player, I usually recommend to cut your nails more frequently, because repetitive trauma at the tip of the shoe can lead to a black toenail or an infected ingrown toenail.

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Nail Clipper – Only use pliers type clippers or scissor type clippers. Guillotine style clippers have a cutter on only one side and are much more likely to crush or pinch a nail. Any nail clipper you use MUST be super sharp. As soon as they begin to dull throw them away and get a new one! If your dog’s nails are very long and there is a nice chunk of nail that you can cut without hitting the quick then DO NOT use a grinder. Grinding large amounts of a nail are usually more upsetting to a dog than one quick clip. When clipping a nail don’t softly squeeze the clipper. One firm squeeze and your through. A firm squeeze IS the way to go. If your dog has dark colored nails and you can’t see the quick, cut small slivers and look at the nail from the bottom where you just cut. As you get close to the quick you will begin to see what looks like a black dot in the center of the bottom of the nail. This is the vein canal and you are getting close to the quick and you have gone far enough. In light colored nails the vein canal will show as a pink dot. If the nails are still touching the floor at this point you should cut a sliver a week until you get the nails just above the floor. Each time you cut a nail close to the quick the quick recedes a little and in a week you can cut another sliver. If you wait two weeks or more then the quick is right back where it was and you will not be able to get the nail any shorter than the last time.

We've Been Trimming Our Nails Wrong for More Than 100 Years

How to use a nail cutter water. ,  water,  girls,  spoears, ,  tape, # pen, # stapler, , , ,  boy, ,  , , , , , ,  (jacket),  , , , , , The pictures of the cut nail are very confusing. The picture and illustration denoted as "A properly trimmed and maintained dog toenail" show the angle with the top part of the nail being longer than the bottom, which would cause most of the nail to touch the ground when extended.

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The pictures of the cut nail are very confusing. The picture and illustration denoted as "A properly trimmed and maintained dog toenail" show the angle with the top part of the nail being longer than the bottom, which would cause most of the nail to touch the ground when extended.







However, the picture illustrating proper trimming, with the yellow and red lines, shows the opposite angle--top part of the nail being shorter than the bottom. This would result in only the bottom of the nail touching the ground when extended.



Which is correct, and why is the picture with the yellow line exactly the opposite angle of what is presented as a properly trimmed nail?



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