By - Resipsaloquarium
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Can someone explain cuticle extermination? Is it bad for your nails? Does it tend to cause infections? Do the cuticles grow back worse? I do love a clean look like this but it makes me nervous for some reason. I haven’t been to salons (in the US) where this is offered as a service. (Edited for grammar.)
I was very confused to learn that Americans do manicure differently. I am originally from Russia and we do cuticle extermination every time. Basically no other way. If it's done correctly, it's much more cleaner and long lasting.
American here, I've always done that and didn't realize it wasn't the norm until this post. I also went to nail tech school back in the early 00s (never got licensed, realized it wasn't for me) and we were taught to do this unless the client asked us not to.
I also didn’t realize this wasn’t the norm. I prefer a cuticleless look!
Me too! I'm from Brazil, we also exterminate the cuticles, but we use cuticle nippers since it's more affordable and basically anyone can be a manicure here. I'm really interested about the Russian way, with the drills (I don't know if that's the correct term), since is seems more safe.
I dont know the right term for that machine either, but it feels magical after using it. I ordered one on Amazon actually.
They’re called e-files! If you’re using it for the first time please be careful and take it slow - you can very easily cut your skin.
Source: am nail tech
Thank you!! I'll keep that in mind.
I'm Brazil we do the same! If someone doesn't do it we think it's very weird
My dermatologist advices against this except you know really well what you're doing, since going too far removing the cuticles might make you prone to fungal infections
If it’s done right, it’s not bad or dangerous. If the skin around is red after the procedure or there are visible cuts, you’ve gone too far. This will result in cuticles growing back very fast and being rather rough(at this point it’s technically becoming a scar tissue). Also mishandling of the e-file in inexperienced hands may result in accidentally overfilling the nail plate which damages it by thinning it out.
But again, it’s not a bad procedure if you know what you’re doing. I e-file my cuticles in a similar to OP’s manner(pretty deep), but I make sure to not go too far. Then every once/twice a week I just push the cuticles back gently with a pusher. As a result I only have a thin soft cuticle line to remove every 3-4 weeks. In fact, if I don’t do that at all(I’ve had periods when I took months neglecting manicure)it grows and cracks, and causes all kinds of painful irritating hang skin around the nails.
It’s very common for people to misuse the term cuticle when referring to their nails. The cuticle is the dead skin (usually white) that is at the base. The eponychium is between the skin of your finger and your cuticle (though people usually call it the cuticle). This skin is very much alive and can be damaged in the process of removing the cuticle.
As to whether removing your cuticles (and usually some of the eponychium) is a bad idea: kind of. Doing so can expose your nails to bacteria that can lead to an infection. But if it’s done correctly, the risk is minimized. In some states, cosmetology boards have rules against trimming the skin around that area, and instead advise just pushing the skin back. I personally don’t think it’s that big of a deal if you’re careful and if you keep your hands clean and properly hydrate the skin (cuticle oil works wonders). I think OP’s manicure looks very polished and neat.
I do it myself but never knew there was a name for it. I have pretty bad OCD when it comes to my nails and will spend up to two hours a day cleaning them and cutting the cuticles to look perfect. Out of the millions of times I’ve done it I rarely cut myself and when I do I have never ever gotten an infection.
E-filing my cuticles (gently, mind you) has helped me so much with not biting them! I love the clean look you achieved here, it's super pretty.
It's beautiful, it looks really clean.
Thank you !
MelodySusie Portable Electric Nail Drill to efile cuticles
Gelish foundation and top coat
Subtle ombre effect using cnd powder my nose gel and cnd creekside gel
Do you find you have a hard time getting the gelish base coat off? It seems like no matter how long I soak my nails for gelish base will never come all the way off.
You might be curing it for too long
Thanks, I'll try less time when I change colors next week.
I just got that one too! Which bits did you use?
I used the cone bit for majority of the cuticle work. I played around with the surface bit a little on tougher spots.
Did you use the bits that came with it? I have the same efile! Im too scared for this
Yes! I used the cone bit and the small barrel bit. I recommend watching some YouTube tutorials and using the lowest speed setting.
If I were able to achieve that look by cuticle extermination I would consider it! But my nails and nailbed are basically one flat line at the top, so that ain't happening...
Your cuticles are grown out to the tops of your nails?
Ugh no... Imagine what that would look like! I guess my description sucked though.
After looking up fancy words to describe the nail area, I guess my nail fold is very flat, so the nail, the cuticle and the fold are all the same height if that makes sense?
Yup me too! I don't even know how I would e-file my nails because I feel like I would just be cutting directly into my finger lol
my fingers are the same!
Yeah mine are like this too, my cuticles are only about a millimetre big. I haven’t ever touched them.
Try after shower when your cuticles are soft to push them back and then cut or push them back, wait until your nails and cuticles are dry (10-15mins) and then use e-file to remove them.
Did you find the process very irritating? I feel like, no matter how low the speed on my e-file, it’s still really uncomfortable! Do you go in with any nippers or cuticle scissors?
Well it was my first efile experience so I was kind of excited to do it. It took about two hours to efile both hands mostly because I did it very slowly. I didn't use any nippers or scissors.
I’m seriously impressed! Definitely can’t wait to try this out!
If you have a lot of cuticle(sorry don't know how to say it) you can trim them first and then use e-file. If the process is irritating then wait, maybe do others nails and then go back to finish
✅ Killer cuticles
✅ flawless application
✅ seamless ombré
Yup, you’ve hit the trifecta - this is gorgeous! Impressed you did it at home
Thank you ! I love doing my nails. Been doing for about 20 years by myself.
Looks lovely! Can you explain how you did the ombré effect? When I look online at the swatches, the colors don’t seem to be same as how your nails look.
1. I applied one coat of gel foundation and cured it under a uv lamp for 30 seconds.
2. I covered a sponge with partly cnd powder my nose and partly with cnd creekside. Then, i transfered the color mixture from the sponge to my nail and cured for 30 seconds under uv lamp.
3. I applied thick layer of top coat and cured for 60 seconds under uv lamp.
Thanks! So, just to be sure, I’m seeing Creekside as a greyish color and Powder My Nose as a beigeish color. Does that much what you have? I’m always on the lookout for a pinky white neutral.
I think there may be a color name mixup. The Creekside that I own and have always known from CND is baby blue.
Naked Naiveté is my favorite pinky/white/neutral from CND though! (from someone that’s also always on the lookout)
Whoo this makes me really want to do my nails. These are gorgeously simple and clean! Beautiful job.
OP, what color is that nail polish/gel? Looks beautiful
I used cnd powder my nose gel and cnd creekside gel. I tried to do a subtle ombre of beige to light blue.
It’s honestly so beautiful. Thanks for sharing
Wow wow wow wowww literally my dream nails. These look amazing!
Howww did you do it so perfectly? I’ve been trying for about a year now and still can’t get it perfect :(
Thank you ! I watched a lot of YouTube tutorials about e-filing.
I didn’t know this was a thing and it looks amazing!
Any videos you recommend?
I found these two most helpful https://youtu.be/OQmF7loV7jQ
I've always done this, I didn't know that people *DIDN'T* do this... My cuticles will just try to follow the nail growth indefinitely and I get painful broken skin on the top of my nails if I neglect to remove my cuticles.
I thought this was meant to be the norm. Always did this at home when I did my own nails. Then, when I started going to various nail salons, every. single. time they wouldn’t touch the cuticles. I once bought a “full nail package” and they STILL didn’t do anything to them. Always went home with nails I was semi upset with because they looked gorgeous but crusty because the dang cuticles, and if I fixed them myself, it looked like I had a 2 week growth on the first day. I have to specifically ask now and it’s always extra.
We also exterminate our cuticles here in Brazil and I love how it looks. Makes your nails look cleaner and longer as well!
Thats what I was gonna say!! Yeah totally
This might be the prettiest look I’ve seen!
What on earth is cuticle extermination??
Ooooooooh so smooth!
These are really pretty! Good work.
These look amazing! I want to try this now!
Thank you ! And good luck:)
That looks awesome!
I love this look! But I always end up infected when I try to do it on myself, lol
This is perfection!
So beautiful and classy! 💕
My cuticles aren’t as cuuuute and puffy as yours are! I’m jealous because yours looks so good!
Thank you! My cuticles certainly don't look like this 99% of the time
Really good work 😍
This made my day knowing someone else has reach that perfection that I strive for but can never seem to obtain. Gives me the will to go on and keep trying!
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