Nails are basic parts of the human body. Any problem with the nails could compromise the general quality of life hence it becomes imperative to pay attention to proper nail care. Nail care includes keeping the nail well-trimmed, dry, and clean.

To carry out the basic care of the nails, there are several important tools needed. They include nail cutter, cuticle pusher, nail scissors, cuticle nipper, nail buffer, nail file, nail brush, callus remover, pumice stone or foot file, mild scrub, toe separator, pediklear, and orangewood stick. From this list, our nail care and beauty expert and owner of,  have listed the following as what they consider to be the top 7 nail care tools every person must have in their nail kit.

Top 7 Nail Care Tools

1.     Nail Clippers

Nail clippers are the first nail care tool to go into the nail kit. This tool is used to cut or trim nails to keep them as short as possible all the time which is one of the fundamental cares of the nail.

Nail clippers must be strong and sharp to avoid cracking and breaking of the nail.

A good nail clipper should be:
·         Small and compact
·         Made of best possible steel to ensure it remains sharp long enough and
·         Easy to use in both hands
Types of nail clippers
·         Standard nail clippers: These nail clippers are assembled in a manner that allows them to fit well in the fingertips for maximum leverage. A strong hinge-pin holds the levers and the base rivet together.
·         French-style nail clippers: This is a bit different from standard nail clippers. They are flatter and more compact hence are excellent for pockets, car glove box, and wallets.
·         Ring lock nail clippers: These are the latest nail clippers. Technological advancement in both construction and materials was leveraged upon in the design. They do not require adjustment and neither will they misalign because of the incorporation of a Teflon coated joint.
Key factors when buying a nail clipper
·         Check the tension: before purchasing a nail clipper, check the flex resistance by doing a test squeeze. Excessive crushing as a result of too much flex will quickly dull the blades.
·         Check the gap: check to ensure the blades meet fully when closed. A nail clipper with a gap between the blades may cause issues such as ripping or tearing of the nail.
·         Check for overlap: finally, you should ensure the nail blades are properly aligned. Overlapped blades will give you a double-click feel when you run your fingertips vertically across the closed blades. Nail clippers with overlapping blades are not safe for the nail.

 2.     Nail scissors

Scissors are used for the smooth shearing cut of the nail. Scissors are often considered as the best tool for cutting nails because they have little or no risk of chipping or cracking the nail. Better steel is used in the manufacturing of nail scissors hence will last longer.

3.     Nail nipper

Nail nippers have the outlook of wire cutters or a pair of pliers but are different. They are also used for nail trimming. The edges can only be sharpened with the hand hence the steel is not as hard as that of nail clippers. However, they are often considered better than nail clippers because they have lower risks of breaking or cracking the nail and they trim more nails at a time because of a longer cutting edge.

4.     Nail file

Nail files are used to smoothen nails. File thickness and texture as well as the shape of the file tip are some of the things to look out for when buying a nail file. There are glass files and triple cut files. Glass files are preferred by many people because they scrape the nail, unlike triple cut files that sand the nail down.

5.   Nail  Tweezers

Tweezers are used to pull out splinters, hair, or ticks from the nail. When buying tweezers, go for ones made with stainless steel because they grip better and are stronger than plastic tweezers. They are also more hygienic.

6.     Cuticle scissors

These are the tiniest scissors in a manicure set. They are used to trim frayed tissues or hangnails around the nail. Make sure cuticle scissors are finely pointed to ensure removal of the dead tissue as much as possible.
Note: ensure you only use cuticle scissors for cuticle and hangnails.

7.     Cuticle nipper

There are usually dead tissues as well as cuticle imperfections around the nail. Cuticle nippers are used to remove such dead tissues and cuticles. They are the tiniest nippers in a manicure set. They are also used to remove hangnails and frayed tissues. The steel of cuticle nippers is not as hard as other tools because the edges can only be sharpened with the hand.

Note: be careful not to trim living tissues.