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Curette Uses During a Pedicure

Many individuals enjoy an occasional manicure as well as a pedicure. During both of these beneficial procedures there are various different types of nail equipment utilized. A curette was designed as an instrument to be used in the scraping away from the plate of the nail any amount of excess cuticle. Many professionals use a curette to eliminate the actual cuticle while others simply push the cuticle back. This technique eliminates the need of using cuticle nippers during a pedicure.


A curette is often called a cuticle pusher as this is it's main function and purpose. They are available in various forms such a plastic and metal. Most of the plastic types are disposable and rather low cost. The metal variations are more expensive and can be sterilized for reuse. There are a multitude of manufacturing companies to choose from.

Curettes are available with tips that vary in shape and style and each of these are designed for use in performing different tasks. Each end of a curette most generally has a different form of tip. Some have ends that may resemble a blade and are useful in the removal of the growth of a cuticle near the base of the nail as well as to remove acrylics and glue for the application of false nails. This type of curette with a blade needs to be used with caution as it would be very easy to cause cuticle damage and this could invite germs into the bed of the nail that may turn into a an infection.

Additional Types

There are various other types with different uses. Individuals as well as professionals who give manicures and pedicures on a daily basis often have a preference as to the type of curette they wish to use. Some of the others that are available are:

• Those for scraping the pate of the nail in order to rid excess skin and other foreign materials have pointy and sharp ends. These are often used to clean out under the nails and should be very carefully used.

• Some resemble spoons on the ends and also remove extra tissue after it has been loosened.

• Types with blunt ends are generally to scrape scant amounts of skin from the cuticle of the nail plate.

• Curettes with ends that curve or are round at the edges are for pushing the cuticle back after the point when the excess has been scraped off. This type of curette may reduce the possibility of the nail plate becoming scraped.

• Others with a fine blunt tip can be beneficial in cleaning debris from beneath the nails as they are small and slender enough to get to tight spaces.

Selection of the proper curette for an individual’s use should be based upon the thickness of the cuticle growth as well as the extent of the growth. Each person’s cuticles will require a different type of curette. No two people will require the same type of instruments to deliver the proper care of their nails.

However, the most common of the curettes is the orange wood stick. It is made of wood from the orange tree and is rounded at one end with a point on the opposite end. Some of these have tips ends that are surrounded in cotton to lessen the abrasiveness. Orange sticks are also handy around the house to clean tight areas of electronics and various machinery due to their size as well as the fact that they are not abrasive and will not damage or scar the equipment.

When selecting a curette or other equipment to deliver self nail care individuals should keep in minds the type of nails and cuticles that they have and choose products accordingly. Always picks those that will not damage or injure the nail and the surrounding tissue in order to avoid any infections.
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