How short does one cut one's finger nails?

  • danielek

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    Jan 25, 2012 12:45 AM GMT
    As a life-long nail-biter who has for the past few months managed to avoid it and have been cutting my nails instead, I just was curious how much of the white part I should be cutting off when I cut them.

    Clearly you shouldn't cut too far cuz it'll hurt...

    Generally I leave about 1-2 mm of white stuff. Is that too little? It sure doesn't stay too little for long. Really the only thing that makes me realize I need to cut them is that the touchscreen on my phone gets more difficult to use when my nails get longer.

    So....opinions?

    I know it's kinda a weird/lame question, but I've seen worse on this forum (e.g. debating the benefits of wearing or not wearing deodorant).
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    Jan 25, 2012 3:51 AM GMT
    As short as necessary, but no shorter.

    Generally, to a length which will not tear delicate butt innards.
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    Jan 25, 2012 3:52 AM GMT
    1-2mm is fine.
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    Jan 25, 2012 3:53 AM GMT
    I keep mine extremely short. I was conditioned as a child to have them like that. Even a little white showing on mine grosses me out.
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    Jan 25, 2012 4:02 AM GMT
    Ariodante saidI keep mine extremely short. I was conditioned as a child to have them like that. Even a little white showing on mine grosses me out.
  • nefficles

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    Jan 25, 2012 4:04 AM GMT
    o.o? this is a topic on here? haha

    use good hygiene folks.
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    Jan 25, 2012 7:49 AM GMT
    I trim mine with bandage scissors. I'm right handed, so you can imagine what it looks like while I try to cut those nails.

    I used to chew on them relentlessly but quit about the same time I realized I needed to lose 50lbs (that turned into 80lbs, but I digress..)

    If they grow out, I pick at them. Then, they split and I can't leave 'em alone.

    If I cut them with regular scissors, I end up cutting skin..

    Someday, I'll get a professional manicure...something I've never had before.
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    Jan 25, 2012 8:34 AM GMT
    One does not have fingernails, little miss.

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    Jan 25, 2012 3:15 PM GMT
    I Just pull the fingernails from the nail bed so their isn't any left on the corpses.... I mean I ... Um..... I cut them as short as I can get em. icon_redface.gif
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    Jan 25, 2012 3:38 PM GMT
    short, long fingernails are nasty.
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    Jan 25, 2012 7:17 PM GMT
    A guys fingernails are one of the first things I check out.

    I dated a guy who had nice looking nails that were long and very well kept. He would drag his nails along my skin in such a way to drive me wild. icon_biggrin.gif If you ever wonder why women spend so much on manicures, now you know...lol.

    I trim my nails once a week, then file them with an emory board. I generally leave a little white edge, so they always look good. On occasion, I use a buffer on the tops to make them a bit shiny.



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    Jan 25, 2012 7:51 PM GMT
    i take very good care of my nails and let them a little long. NEVER longer than the tips of my actual fingers though, cuz then we be gettin' into some SERIOUS Bon Qui Qui territory an imma hafta call sakuritay, a'ight?
    Between 2-2.5mm of "white" is my ideal length (guaged by my fingertips, yours will probably be different) and also when i gave up chewing them in HS I then turned to obsessively cleaning them, which isn't a bad thing so they're always clean.

    Also, if you grow your nails out a bit its actually EASIER to keep them clean because your skin will grow differently under them.

    Toenails you have to be careful though. As a rule, anyone who is athletic should keep them short. Runners know why. I rollerskate which, if done with long toenails, results in them cutting into the skin of the adjacent toes (or the same ones, OUCH!).


    For those guys who are afraid of a "manicure" you DON'T have to get anything put on there. Just ask the manicurist (they'll usually ask YOU if they're good) to buff/polish them, but no "clear" (clear nail polish). If your nails are healthy they'll actually hold a very nice luster/shine when polished with a hone block and that way they look clean and shiny with no polish that can chip off and look like crap. Routine manicures are actually less about the fancy polish and more about the care and health of your nails and cuticles. Same goes for pedicures.
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    Jan 25, 2012 7:57 PM GMT
    cut them just a hair longer than your finger...so check by turning your hand over and you should only see a hint of fingernail...nothing longer
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    Jan 25, 2012 8:07 PM GMT
    For me - fairly short and cleaned up. Same with feet. Any guy can learn to keep hands and feet looking great. Just part of good health.
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    Jan 25, 2012 8:52 PM GMT
    you can cut the white off too, so there's nothing to chew on. I keep mine very short... if there's just a bit of white I risk them bending backwards when I train, which is quite unpleasant.

    ex. long nails don't go well with this:



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    Jan 25, 2012 8:53 PM GMT
    I try to keep them cut with no or hardly any white showing because I am out doing stuff that gets them dirty and I do not like that. I also like to use some fingers to open the love tunnel so it is best if they are cut completely off and then smoothed out with an emory board so there is no hang nails to catch on something with a not so nice result.
  • danielek

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    Jan 25, 2012 10:24 PM GMT
    Thanks for the replies. Sounds like most people keep very little or no white stuff so that is what I'll continue to do.

    Despite the fact that I've stopped biting my nails, the unfortunate thing is I'm still biting everywhere near the nail (not sure what you call this...my sisters do it as well). I'm finding that even harder to stop.

    Anyone have suggestions on how to stop that? [I don't know how I managed to stop biting my nails cold turkey like that after failing to do so many times in prior years.]
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    Jan 26, 2012 1:44 PM GMT
    I'm a former nail biter for many years. I managed to stop.

    I did it with some self mental conditioning. First off when my nails started to grow back it was really tempting to bite but I resisted by focusing on the white and clean edges and thinking how nice they looked. Then I treated myself to a manicure. I deliberately had them put a matte clear finish on my nails so it wasn't obvious BUT I knew it was there. This was a further deterrent to biting as I didn't want bits of nail polish in my mouth / body. I then concentrated more on how nice my nails looked since they weren't jagged anymore and that it'd be a shame to ruin how they looked not to mention a waste of money.

    I also concentrated on how bitten nails must look to other people and what their impression of me would be if they saw I bit my nails. Clipping on a regular basis helps to. Don't let them get too long.

    Whenever I had the urge to bite or pick at them I'd remind myself why I quit and take a few deep breaths and think of something else. Also when you catch yourself doing it try and take note of what's going through your mind at the moment, what your doing, etc.....

    It takes a lot of will power but it's possible!

    PS. Biting near the nail can be stopped by regular cuticle maintenance. You probably get hang nails and over grown cuticles. These will occur less frequently as the nail bed heals because you're no longer biting. A good manicurist will remove excess cuticles and file the edges of the nail to minimize the occurrence of these.
  • danielek

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    Jan 31, 2012 12:29 AM GMT
    Getting myself to stop biting the nails themselves was comparatively easy to do in comparison to trying to get myself to stop biting everything else around them. I used to do both, though, so it's still a step in the right direction.

    It's just very hard to stop biting the skin. The only that seems to stop me is when I chew off so much it starts to bleed.

    My sisters and I all bite the skin.

    My brother doesn't do that, but he does bite his nails.

    It might sound genetic, but neither of my parents do it so I don't know where this nail/skin biting/chewing comes from...