Choosing a pair of nail clippers may seem like a no-brainer. After all, we usually just reach for the same pair we’ve been using for years, and don’t even consider replacing them until they’re lost or simply fall apart.
Keep in mind, however, that although how often we need to trim our nails will vary from person to person, it’s a task that we’ll always need to perform to keep up with our personal hygiene. Whether you’re trimming daily, weekly or bi-weekly, the fact remains that you’re going to be reaching for a pair of clippers on a regular basis for a long, long time.
So why not choose a pair that stands the test of time? Why not choose a pair that’s worth keeping track of? When it comes to choosing the ideal pair of clippers, there are four considerations to make based on your lifestyle, hygiene and personal preferences.
Fingernail vs. Toenail
Many of us are guilty of trying to use fingernail clippers on our toes and vice-versa: the end result usually isn’t pretty. From splitting our toenails to cutting too close to the skin on our fingers, we could save ourselves a whole lot of time and potential pain by simply using the proper pair of clippers.
Fingernail clippers are smaller than toenail clippers, and offer a curved blade to provide the best trim for an average-sized nail. Meanwhile, toenail clippers are often larger and more powerful than regular clippers, utilizing a straight blade capable of cutting through tougher, ingrown nails.
Beyond cosmetic purposes, toenail clippers should not be used on fingernails as to prevent the spread of bacterial infection. For this very reason, you should strongly consider having a pair of both as part of your personal hygiene kit.
Metal matters when it comes to nail clippers, as cheaper materials such as plastic result in a low-quality clipper that can hardly cut. Most fingernail clippers on the market are made from stainless steel, a cost-effective metal which is sufficient for most users.
If you’re looking for a higher-quality blade, consider opting for a clipper made from European steel. Be wary of clippers with nickel plating, however, as nickel is prone to rusting.
Fit for Travel
There are many urban legends out there concerning whether or not you can bring nail clippers on an airplane. Nail clippers are allowed on airplanes according to TSA guidelines. Although there are some specialty toenail clippers that appear to look like pliers, which may potentially turn some heads in the security line, they are fit to fly as well.
If you are prone to ingrown nails or suffer from fungal infections, you may consider opting for specialty nail clippers to meet your needs. Such clippers are thicker or have built-in cuticle tools to assist with cutting. Specialty clippers, which often offer swivel-tools for a more comfortable cutting experience, may run a bit more expensive than traditional clippers. However, they may very well save you time and headaches in the long-run, providing a stress-free grooming experience.
The need to trim your nails isn’t going to simply disappear. Whether you constantly lose your nail clippers or are simply looking for something that’s easier on your nails, a proper pair of clippers is a worthwhile investment for anyone looking to keep up their appearance and personal hygiene.