7 Essential Nail Grooming Tools | Male Grooming Tips Nails | How to Take Care of Your Nails

7 Essential Nail Grooming Tools
Male Grooming Tips Nails How to Take Care of Your Nails [0:00:00] Hi. I’m Antonio Centeno. I’m the founder of
Real Men Real Style. Today, guys, I’m going to be giving you seven essential nail grooming
tools that I think every man should own. In support of this video, I’ve got an article
over at Real Men Real Style. Go check it out. I’ve also got a quick little infographic that
you can see these seven tools. I break out why you want to grab them. And I also linked
vendors that I trust. Okay. And stick around for the end of this video, I’ve got a really
cool story of how I actually performed minor surgery with some of these tools that I have
here. Yeah, it’s an interesting story. Okay. So tool number one, what is the first
thing every man needs to own? Well, many of you guys — I’m sure most of you actually
have this. Clippers. Nail clippers, toe nail clippers. I like to have one of each. Obviously,
hand nail clippers are going to be smaller, toe nail clippers are going to be bigger. The reason being is we want to be able to
get a little bit more leverage to be able to cut a tougher nail. Now, there are three
types of clippers out there. You’re going to see ones like these more of the standard
regular ones. You’re going to see the French Style and you’re also going to see the Ring
Lock. Expect to pay a little bit more for the French Style and the Ring Lock. And usually, they’re going to be of higher
quality made by more specialty manufacturers. You want to make sure though whenever you’re
purchasing something like these tools I’m going to be discussing, you try to go with
the best that you can afford. I’m a big fan of a man actually investing in quality tools,
getting a nice kit so he knows where they’re at when he needs them and he has the right
tool for the right job. So the benefits of clippers is they’re relatively
inexpensive compared to many of the other tools I’m going to talk about. The problem
with clippers is that they actually touch the point’s touch continuously and they can
dull over a relatively fast amount of time unless they’re made from a hardened steel
such as this pair I got from Zamberg and they usually come from Solingen, Germany is where
you can see a lot of blades coming out of. So go check out, again, Zamberg. It’s a good
company. I’m going to recommend them. They’re not paying me for this video, but I do have
products from them. So if you’re going to make a decision of how to choose a good pair
of clippers, number one, look for tension. It should have tension. Number two: make sure that there is no gap.
There should be no gap whenever they come together. And three: there shouldn’t be like
a snapping noise. Whenever you bring this together like this, you should not hear a
snapping noise because that snapping noise basically means there’s an overbite in the
nail clipper and that’s a bad thing. That can damage your nail. Okay. So the number one tool — I didn’t start
off with this because I know most of you guys aren’t using this on your nails based off
other videos I’ve seen and we’ve talked about, but nail scissors. This is the best tool.
Why? They can use a more hardened steel, a better steel and you’re going to basically
ensure — I mean these can last decades if they’re made from a reputable company. Again, anything coming out of Solingen, Germany
is most likely going to be of very high quality. Also, when you look at these scissors you
want to make sure they’re lined up correctly like this. You want to look at the little
screw that’s in there. It should be about of contrasting color or there shouldn’t be
any scratches on it. And when you look at this, you want to make sure it’s got a nice
sharp edge. Again, the harder steel you can go decades
without having to sharpen this. The advantage of it is it’s very unlikely to ever crack
your nails compared with the nail clippers which can especially if they start to dull.
Those can also tear your nails. On a good pair of scissors, you’re never going
to see them actually tear your nail. You also have a larger cutting surface which is greatly
appreciated. So you’re going to see different types of scissors out there. You are going
to see just for your top nail, you’re also going to see toe nail scissors. They’re going
to be a little bit larger, sometimes give you a little bit more leverage for tougher
toe nails. And you’re also going to see a variety called
“nizzers.” Nizzers are a mix between nail scissors and what I’m about to talk about
next which is tool number three — nail nippers. Now, if you someone using nail nippers, this
is pretty much for professionals. You can hurt yourself. I mean these are almost — they
look like wire cutters. These are not wire cutters though. They are
made often times from a softer steel, but then they’re going to be harden afterwards,
basically tempered. And what we see with this is that they will be when you’re choosing
a good quality pair of nail nippers, you want to look for the grip right in here. Look for
a little bit of space, just a tad. They almost come together. And that’s okay on these nail nippers because
these are precision instruments. Another nice thing about them, they’ve got, like the scissors,
a vice nice cutting surface. But when they come together there needs to be a little bit
of tension right here. So they’re going to have the spring that comes in here and allows
it to basically bounce out. Also, we want to look at the joint. So there’s
two types of joints out there you’re going to see on something like nail nippers. You’re
going to a see a lap versus a box joint. I prefer the box joint. Go check out the article
where I go into more detail about what the difference is. Tool number four: nail file. You don’t see
guys using files quite a bit which is too bad. And if you don’t have an issue with your
nails, file is maybe something that you can skip on. But there are men out there, you
know who you are, that you’ve just got issues with your nails cracking. Maybe it’s a hereditary
thing. [0:05:18] And a file is going to be a great tool. Anyone
that has worked on wood, you understand the difference between actually sanding something
down and scraping it down. And you want to file, it’s going to triple cut. And what that is if you can image an X, they’re
going to have another line right through it. Triple cut usually going to be of higher quality.
And files like that often times are going to be crystal or glass. Those are mostly coming
out of the Czech Republic. Those are going to be the best files out there. Glass simply
because they don’t wear down and they can be sterilized again and again. Metal files, the issue with metal files is
if you sterilize them on a daily basis multiple times, they can overtime begin to rust. Another
thing to look at for your file is can the top of it actually be used as a nail cleaner.
This one’s a multi-tool and can be used in that and I’ll talk about nail cleaners here
at the end. Let’s talk about tweezers. Tweezers are something
you should have in your kit. You’re going to see multiple types. I like it when a pair
of tweezers actually has a cover on it. The only exception to it not having a cover is
if it comes in a particular kit like this one right here. Notice how this kit — and
I got this from my friend, Alex, over at Zamberg. You can check it out. Everything is held in
its place. I’ve got a couple of the instruments out. But that, the thing with tweezers is
they can be damaged easily. All of these instruments I’ve talked about can be damaged easily. So
that’s why if you’re going to buy something nice, buy of high quality. Make sure you get a protective kit or if you
buy them piecemeal, you make sure that they’ve got little covers. And different types of
tweezers out there. These are going to be needle nose. I like to have a pair of these
handy just in case I have to get a splinter. You also have angled edge tweezers and you’re
going to have rounded edge tweezers. And there are some other specialty tweezers, but those
are the three I think a man should have in his kit. So we’ve talked about that. Let’s
go on to cuticle scissors. These are going to be different than nail
scissors. They’re going to be more petite, more narrow. These are actually made to be
able to cut the cuticles if need be or to pack them back down. Again, if you’re not having hang nails or
parts of your cuticle come out, then you’re not really going to know what I’m talking
about here. But there are certain people out there that have issues. The last thing is
going to be basically the nail cleaner. The nail cleaner, if you actually have a file
some of them do have nail cleaners on them. But I find that a nail cleaner is a great
way to do basic, quick maintenance on a daily basis. Or when you jump in the shower, also
make sure you maybe have a nail brush. That can actually do a great job cleaning. You want to be careful though not having it
too rough. Otherwise, you can start to get redness on your fingers. What do you guys
think? So I talked about at the beginning talking
about how I performed minor surgery in Ukraine using this kit. And that’s why it’s important
to have quality tools. So my daughter, she got basically an earring. It got pulled and
the back of it lodged — very small backing and it got lodged into her ear. She’s crying. It’s 8:00 at night. We’re in
rural Ukraine and we can’t, you know. Basically, I don’t know any of the doctors in the area.
We’re about three hours from Kiev. And my wife is trying to use — basically, her grandmother
had some instruments to try to pull the stuff out. It was bad. They couldn’t get to it. So I happen to have my kit. And I used scissors,
basically a pair of cuticle scissors and needle nose tweezers. I was able to get in there,
pull it right out. And you would think needle nose, they would break. And in fact, they
had issues with just not being able to reach it with the tools that they had. I brought in quality tools, got the job done.
My daughter, she screamed. She wasn’t very happy, but definitely after we sterilized
everything, it was good to go. Guys, you want good quality tools. You never
know when you’re going to need them. And go check out the article. Go check out the infographic.
I’m going to go into more details there. Let me know what you think in the comments down
below and I’ll see you in the next video. Take care. [0:09:23] End of Audio

28 thoughts on “7 Essential Nail Grooming Tools | Male Grooming Tips Nails | How to Take Care of Your Nails

  1. I seriosly gotta stop biting my nails, or rather, NAIL, i have ONE nail that i bite, and it looks freaking stupid that one nail is uggly and the others are fine xD

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  3. Glass (or crystal) nail files are definitely the best choice. However, even as Czech, I didn´t know we have some really good qulity nail files. 😀

  4. Any guy who's buying a $286 dollar nail kit is seriously over thinking it. Buy a dollar pair of nail clippers cuz no one cares about the rest that you do with your nails.

  5. beware of FAKE "Solingen" Tools. many knock offs also use this origin and may even have a office room or a PO Box in Solingen just to be able to use the name as "Quality Seal"

  6. You gotta be kidding me… For couple of decades I thought that curved nail scissors are supposed to be used the opposite way. That's the way I use them and it looks good to me. Basically, this way there can never be any ingrown nails that I always had problems with before. The edges are "finished" in ideal way.

  7. I liked your video on how people perceive men with a bald head. Do you think you can do a video on how men with long hair are perceived? I'm interested because I'm thinking of growing out my hair. Thanks! I really enjoy your channel.

  8. Antonio, I have a question regarding brands of clothing. Could you possibly make video regarding the best brands for each type of clothing? Also, how would you compare Jos. A. Bank clothes to Brooks Brothers Clothes?

  9. Paramount information. Perfect timing as I am in need of a quality nail grooming kit having left mine in Orlando when I moved to Providence, RI. Thank you!

  10. I am half way through the video. I am a classical guitarist. I'd have to say that you probably are instructing amateurs to use these tools. Nail files are not to be skipped. And there are specific types of files to be avoided.

  11. Thank you so much for sharing this with the Gents! Some men out there really need to hear this. I was in St. Barts a month ago and there was some guy on the beach chair next to me with some really fugly toe nails. He looked like he could climb a tree like a grizzly bear with those suckers. I had a pair of nail nippers in my pocketbook and pulled them out and told him he needed these more than I did. I would have thought that he would have had the common sense to handle that before offending other beach goers, but I guess not. I'm glad you are putting this out there so the fellas will know to keep those nails in check!

  12. Hi Antonio, great advice.
    Can you do a tutorial video on clipping your nails with the nail scissors? On RMRS and on this video you recommend using nail scissors as they won't crack or split the nail, but I have no idea as to how to use them.

  13. Are these videos scripted, or do you talk off the top of your head? Cue cards? lol, just curious. Not trying to pry into any trade secrets.

  14. Hi Antonio, I am currently looking for a new grooming-set because my $10 nose hair scissors and nail cutters are wearing out and can't do the job properly. I've seen that you've supported both ApeX (Gorilla Killa) and Zamberg, and Aaron on alpham has also supported both companies, so I need help deciding. I'm willing to spend money for quality products – which company would you recommend, and is there a specific kit that you personally would like to recommend? Thanks.

  15. Hahaha, my hometown is Solingen and it took several times of you saying it until I understood, what you were talking about, because you pronounce it like an English word.
    And yes, Solingen prides itself with their craftsmanship in making blades. The companies there are extremely good at it.

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