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What are Nail Scissors?

Tricia Christensen
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Updated May 21, 2024
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Nail scissors are short scissors, about three to four inches (7.62-10.16 cm) long at most. They are usually made of stainless steel and feature blades that take up about one quarter to one third of the length. These scissors may be used to trim nails or cuticles, and they’re also useful for the occasional small cutting task, like removing a tag from clothing or snipping a loose thread.

Those looking for nail scissors usually need to choose between two different styles. Many have slightly curved blades that help to minimize chance of cutting the skin. Others have flat blades and may not be preferred for cutting nails. Actually, though these scissors are called nail scissors, many people prefer to trim their nails with nail clippers. These further reduce chance of accidental cuts to the skin, tend to cut more evenly, and come in different sizes to trim fingernails and toenails.

Typically, most people use these scissors to trim dead and overgrown cuticle skin, or sometimes to trim an annoying hangnail. Thus, the scissors may be considered useful, but not exactly necessary equipment in a home. Most people do want a pair or two for the occasional cutting task, and it’s a good idea to look for quality nail scissors so that trimming is accomplished safely and effectively.

When shopping for nail scissors, look for stainless steel ones, as these will be sharpest. It shouldn’t take considerable effort to trim a nail. If it does, this suggests the scissors are not sharp enough. Periodically these scissors do need replacement, and people should forego using those that aren’t sharp and buy a new pair.

Fortunately, these scissors are typically inexpensive, usually less than about $10 US Dollars (USD), and they may come in various grooming kits for men or women. Best choices in these kits are those that also have nail clippers because this gives more options for trimming nails with greatest ease. Those searching for these scissors will find them in numerous locations. They are available in many drug stores, beauty supply stores, online in a variety of locations, and even at plenty of grocery stores. It’s easier to find nail care kits at drug stores and beauty supply stores.

Especially if nail scissors are used to trim cuticle skin, they should be sterilized prior to use with some rubbing alcohol. Since these scissors are usually kept in the bathroom, they can easily become contaminated with a variety of bacteria or fungi. Some people should avoid using any scissors on the feet to trim skin, especially those with diabetes. Diabetics must be particularly sensitive to performing any foot care tasks because of increased risk of infection.

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Tricia Christensen
By Tricia Christensen , Writer
With a Literature degree from Sonoma State University and years of experience as a BeautyAnswered contributor, Tricia Christensen is based in Northern California and brings a wealth of knowledge and passion to her writing. Her wide-ranging interests include reading, writing, medicine, art, film, history, politics, ethics, and religion, all of which she incorporates into her informative articles. Tricia is currently working on her first novel.

Discussion Comments

By anon1003306 — On Jun 14, 2020

Where can I buy cuticle scissors?

By Logicfest — On Mar 24, 2014

A word of advice -- get the curved ones. Those cut a lot more precisely and evenly than those with flat blades. They're a lot more precise than clippers, too. In the scheme of things, curved scissors are the best choice, clippers come in next and flat bladed scissors are the worst option.

Oh, and hide them from your kids. The little rascals tend to run off with them.

By Pippinwhite — On Mar 24, 2014

I usually use nail trimmers or cuticle nippers, rather than nail scissors, but I have used them.

I was boarding a flight to Reno in 2003 and the TSA agent found this little manicure kit I had in my carry on bag. I'd forgotten it was in there. It was something I'd gotten as a gift with purchase when I bought some makeup. Anyway, there were these tiny scissors that would hardly cut sewing thread, let alone skin, and the agent pitched a fit about them being in my carry on.

Fortunately, my uncle was standing by to make sure I got through security and he took the scissors, chuckling the whole time. Here's the kicker: they didn't even see the pepper spray in my carry on. I didn't remember I had it, either. They howled about those tiny scissors and let me board with pepper spray. Unreal.

Tricia Christensen

Tricia Christensen

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With a Literature degree from Sonoma State University and years of experience as a BeautyAnswered contributor, Tricia...
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