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Old 09-23-2012, 12:41 AM
 
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Do you cut your cuticles?

I'm not big into manicures, but when I do get my nails done, I do think it looks neater to have cuticles trimmed. But....

1) I read somewhere that in some counties/states the manicurists aren't supposed to cut them.

2) I read (maybe I need to stop reading) that one of the reasons a person's nail can split deep in the nail bed (as my do sometimes) because when cuticles were trimmed or pushed back a nail fiber was damaged (minutely) and as the nail grows out pressure/stress in that are can finally cause the split.

But if the cuticles aren't cut, don't they look thick...like they sort of SHOULD be trimmed?

I hate having to wear a bandage because my nail has a side split and I have to protect it for weeks until it grows out -- or fear my nail could rip off (ouch) if it catches on something It cuticle trimming or pushing hard on the nail when cuticles are pushed back is one cause -- I'll stop doing that.

What are your thoughts on cuticle cut...in general and whether that could be a factor in side nail splits in the nail bed?
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Old 09-23-2012, 09:36 AM
 
Location: southwestern PA
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I have never had my cuticles cut... and they do not look thick.
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Old 09-23-2012, 10:15 AM
 
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Every day when I shower the last thing I do before I get out is push my cuticles back with my washcloth. They only ever look thick when they are firmly attached to the bed of the nail.
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Old 09-23-2012, 12:07 PM
 
Location: NoVa
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I don't get manicures but if I get one that looks 'thick' I will push it back. They are there for a reason though....

Discovery Health "Is it bad to cut your cuticles?"

The lady cut my cuticles when I got a pedicure and one of them became pretty sore. I am going to let them know next time not to do that. I know it looks better, but I would rather not be in pain and I would rather not have them get infected. I'll have her just push them next time.
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Old 09-24-2012, 11:07 AM
 
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OK, maybe 'thick' is the wrong word -- long? maybe.
But ,if you don't trim cuticles -- eventually when you push them back...they are 'long' enough to be trimmed a bit.

DOES ANY ONE USE A curved blade trimmer like the ones included in a Sally Hansen kit. It's got a handle with a little curved 'trimmer you slide along the cuticle?

Or would you not even trim at all -- not let manicurists do it at the salon NOT use the slide trimmer.

Maybe I'm just used to having them trimmed, but when I look at them and their long they're just asking to be trimmed. I'm torn to cut/trim or not cut/trim.

I also hate to confess sometimes I bite/tear them off. That can get a little bloody and hurt, though.
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Old 09-24-2012, 11:25 AM
 
Location: southwestern PA
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How would they get 'long' when you push them back?

I don't trim them... salons don't trim them.
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Old 09-24-2012, 11:41 AM
 
Location: Astoria, NY
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How would they get 'long' when you push them back?
You can push them back but they won't be as short as if you trim them.

I have had manicurists both push back and trim my nails depending on my mood. You don't even realize how prominent your cuticles are til you have them cut...then you get used to that look and want to cut them all the time.
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Old 09-24-2012, 12:01 PM
 
Location: in your dreams
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I was traumatized in girl scouts when we got manicures and the lady cut my cuticles off.

It was horrifying, so I just leave them alone, lol.
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Old 09-24-2012, 12:19 PM
 
Location: Fredericksburg, Va
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They should be pushed back...do it when you've just washed and nails and cuticles are softer. If you have cuticles that stick up after pushing them back, those trimmer things do an ok job...just make sure to clean and disinfect them (the cuticle trimmer!) frequently...you don't want to get an infection...and yes, you can even if you are the only one using the cuticle cutter! Just be gentle and don't dig into the nailbed!
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Old 09-24-2012, 12:47 PM
 
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You can push them back but they won't be as short as if you trim them.

I have had manicurists both push back and trim my nails depending on my mood. You don't even realize how prominent your cuticles are til you have them cut...then you get used to that look and want to cut them all the time.
THANK YOU xxb...someone who gets what I'm talking about!
Thanks lso cb ....I'll definitely try to stay clear of the nail bed. Those side slits in the nail bed are a nuisance.
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