Clip Your Nails After You Shower To Avoid A Mess

Clipping nails, especially thick toenails, often leads to an unwanted acrobatic performance. Nail bits go flying everywhere, never to be seen again. Here's how you can stop that.

Photo by Bradley Gordon.

Nails may feel hard, but after soaking in a little water they become way more malleable - something I had never thought of until I saw triscuitsareforever's tip on Reddit. If you wait to clip your nails until after your shower, your nails will just gently fall away from your fingers into a pile instead of attempting to escape the Earth's atmosphere.

I decided to try this while I was bored in a hotel room over the weekend and it totally worked! Now, while this may have been revelatory for me, it's probably nothing new to those who have had a manicure or pedicure. Pre-soaking is apparently pretty standard, but I had no idea! Hopefully some others find this very simple, not-so-secret tip as useful as I have.

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    The way I understood it was that water softens the nails making them more prone to (unhealthy) tearing. I've always clipped my nails at least an hour or so after a shower/washing hands.

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