8 Must-Have Nail Tools Every Home Manicurist Needs

Posted by Charlie Baybado

Nails are a very important part of our appearance. It is a sign of your hygiene and a reflection of your general health. Proper nail care is also essential for healthy, attractive hands and feet. They can make or break an outfit, and they can show off your personality.

That's why it's so important to have the right tools for taking care of them. If you're not using the right tools, you could be doing more harm than good. So it’s important to know which ones to use.

Nails tools are essential for any aspiring home manicurist. They help to trim and shape your nails, as well as to give them a polished finish. 

If you're looking for a list of the nail tools for your manicure and pedicure, then look no further. In this post, we'll take a look at some of the most popular, must-have nail tools for you.

Why Are Manicures And Pedicures Important?     

Manicures and pedicures are important because they help to maintain a healthy nail bed. By making sure your nails are trimmed, filed, and buffed regularly, you can help to prevent the nail from being overgrown which makes it more difficult to see if there's an injury or fungus present.

In addition, this can also help to keep cuticles moisturized. It's also worth noting that manicures and pedicures can be very relaxing!

So whether you're just starting or are a seasoned professional, these tools will help make your job easier. There are a variety of different nail tools available on the market, but here are a few essentials that everyone should have stocked at home.

8 Nail Care Tools You Need at Home:

1. Nail Clippers

This is a common hand tool used to cut your fingernails, toenails, and hangnails evenly and cleanly

2. Nail File

There are many types of nail files available.  Nail files are used to smooth out any rough edges to make nails appear even and clean.  If you like to keep your nails long, nail files are all you need to trim down your nails and shape them to your desired shape. Glass files are a must-have for all nail enthusiasts. Unlike cardboard emery boards, glass files are much gentler on the nails and help to seal the keratin into the edge of your nails as you file, resulting in less chipping, peeling, and overall breakages.


Glass Nail Files w/Protective Sleeves - Set of 2

3. Cuticle Pusher   

A tool used to push back your cuticles, clean hard to reach areas, and remove any excess skin. There are different types available, such as stainless steel cuticle pusher or glass cuticle pusher.  Use with caution so as not to break the skin or damage the cuticle.



 4. Acetone/Polish Remover 

Polish removers are typically made up of three ingredients: acetone, alcohol, and water. Acetone is a solvent that breaks down the polish, while alcohol and water help to dissolve and rinse away the chemicals. Some polish removers also contain fragrance and/or moisturizers to help keep your nails looking healthy; however, when nail stamping, we recommend using 100% acetone to clean the plates to prevent additional additives from hindering the nail stamping process.


5. Nail Brush

A nail brush is a small brush used to clean the nails and the surrounding area. It is often made with soft nylon bristles and can be purchased at most drug stores or supermarkets. When used regularly, a nail brush helps remove dirt and bacteria from under the nails and prevents fungal infections.

6. Orange Stick

An orange stick is a wooden or plastic stick with a pointed end that is used to push back the cuticles from the nails. It can also be used to remove any debris or dirt from under and around the nails. Orange sticks can be purchased at most drugstores or beauty supply stores.

7. Cuticle Nippers / Nail Clipper

Cuticle nippers are a common tool used by nail technicians to clip and shape nails and excess cuticles. They come in a variety of shapes, sizes and can be made from a variety of materials including metal, plastic, and glass. Nipper blades are very sharp, so it is important to use caution when handling them. Often times, pushing back your cuticles is all you need to have a clean canvas for your masterpieces. 

8. Toe Separator

A toe separator is a small tool that separates toes. It is often made of foam or gel and is inserted into the spaces between the toes to keep them apart and make painting your toenails easier. 




The nail tools listed above will help you get started if you want to set up your nail station at home or just give some ideas about what kind of supplies might be missing.

It’s important not only to have the right tools but also to use them correctly to prevent injury. Make sure that you check out our article on how to do a DIY Pedicure for more detailed instructions.  

Also, if you are looking for fun and easy ways to decorate your nails. Maniology offers a wide selection of nail art supplies and nail stamping plates. They come in a variety of designs.

With nail stamping, all you need to do is apply a bit of polish to the design you want, then stamp it onto your nails. It's a great way to create unique and personalized nails.

Make sure that you check out our article on how to use nail stamping plates if you’d like more detailed instructions.

Of all the list of nail tools mentioned above, which tool do you think you couldn’t live without it? Share your thoughts in the comment section below.  


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  • I do know I so need need #4 acetone polish remover. Putting on wishlist immediately. 😀

    Charmaine on

  • I would add nail strengthening base and Cuticle oil.

    Sarah Faillo on

  • I couldn’t live without my glass nail file. They are a game changer.

    Jen on

  • I’m looking for a small size fingernail clipper with a straight edge. Do you sell these?

    Lori on

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