I’m a manicurist and you cut your nails wrong

IT might be tempted to grab a pair of scissors and quickly trim your fingernails or cuticles, then silently regret it after making your fingers bleed.

But these so-called ‘quick fixes’ actually do more harm than good to your nails.

Maddy has done nails for countless stars


Maddy has done nails for countless starsCredits: Nails by mads
Maddy creates stunning designs for her clients


Maddy creates stunning designs for her clientsCredits: Nails by mads

We spoke with Celebrity Manicurist Maddy Rooke, who revealed the common mistakes people make when cutting and filing their nails.

The manicurist who shared her incredible work on her Instagram page nails_by_mads, she shares tips to keep your nails healthy and cold this winter.

The manicurist, who has worked with stars like Strictly’s Motsi Mabuse, Love Island’s Maura Higgins and TOWIE’s Gemma Collins, says most people don’t realize the simple mistakes they’re making.


But luckily, she shared her advice.

“I love meeting so many amazing people and making sure my clients get creative designs, lasting results while taking care of and treating their natural nails,” says Maddy.

“I am so fortunate to work with some of the most beautiful celebrities, as well as my wonderful loyal clients. All of which I am so lucky to have!

“Not only do I get a really good chinwag on a daily basis – so it’s not really like work – I also create beautiful designs on some of the UK’s top shows like Seriously To Dancing and Dancing on Ice.

“These are common mistakes people make when trimming and filing their nails – and how to avoid them!”


Manicurist Maddy explains that sometimes people think they’re getting a manicure at home before a date – but this is a big mistake.

“A lot of clients come to me and say, ‘I cut my nails to help and save you time,’ she says. But this is a big no for me.

“The more I appreciate good intentions, the more work it actually creates because most of the time they cut them down too much – sometimes all the way to the bottom of their nails!

“This really makes it harder to get in their desired shape.”


The manicurist also explains that people don’t realize that they should use a natural nail file instead of nail clippers.

Maddy always tries to use a natural nail file unless there is quite a bit of nail left. If someone is adamant about using a trimmer, the expert will suggest her top tip.

“If using skin clippers, always cut less than you need and then use your natural nail file to pull it down to the desired length and then shape,” she says.


Another big mistake people make when filing natural nails is using a quick back and forth motion.

Expert Maddy insists this is a great thing not to do because she reveals it can cause nails to peel.

She says: “Don’t file your natural nails in a fast back and forth motion – even if you’re in a hurry!

“Instead, use your natural nail file in a side-to-side slant motion to prevent damage and weakening due to small cracks in the nail.

“By filing vigorously back and forth, your nails will fray and peel at the tips.”


Maddy advises not to cut nails too short. People don’t realize that cutting their nails short is not helpful or good for the nails.

The celebrity manicurist said: ‘By cutting them too short, you can expose the nail bed causing them pain or even bleeding.

“Breaking the skin barrier can cause infection and no one wants that!”


A lot of people try to cut their own cuticles – it’s really a mistake.

She says a lot of people want cuticles because it makes their nails neater, but they exist for a reason.

“This thin layer of skin creates an important barrier to infection,” she says. Once cut, it can cause a blood bath if not done properly and open the drainage holes for bacteria to enter.

“Not a pretty sight! If it is cut often, it can also grow back faster. Sometimes you just have to accept that we have these for a reason! ”

Nail care during the winter months is more important than ever.

Extreme weather and freezing temperatures have serious consequences – but you can take steps to make sure your nails stay healthy and don’t get cold.

Maddy explains that nails can become brittle in the winter and hands become dry causing breakage, splitting and even toenails.

“The constant swing between hot and cold temperatures, that and the amount of hand sanitizer we’re using is going to really affect the moisture in your nails this winter,” she says.

“It will make them extremely dehydrated. The cold can even inhibit nail growth (which isn’t too bad if you’re a huge gel fan, right!)”

She revealed her top tips for keeping nails healthy this winter.


Maddy reveals the number one advice for strong nails this winter, which is not to leave them naked.

Make sure your nails have a layer of armor whether it’s gloves, base coat, even your favorite oils and lotions, she suggests.


Cold weather makes hands extremely dry and nails brittle, so lock in as much moisture as you can.

“You’re not going out without a coat, so protect those nails,” Maddy said.

“Put those good quality oils and lotions by your bedside and give them a thirst quencher right before bed.

“That way, you’ll have at least 8 hours before rinsing off. Anything with natural ingredients, like jojoba, is great for intense hydration.”


This tip may seem impossible, but it’s more about thinking through your actions because nails attract water and push oil out.

“Instead of avoiding baths or showers (nobody wants that!), I recommend wearing gloves when cleaning or doing laundry,” says Maddy.


Not everyone wants short nails, but during the winter months, when your nails are very dry, choose a short set of nails to prevent breakage and peeling of the tips!


While our immune systems are very low this winter, manicurists suggest some people may want to try some multivitamins to help keep nails stronger.

You can find more of Maddy’s tips, tricks, and designs on her Instagram Page.

Maddy shares her gorgeous nail designs on her Instagram page


Maddy shares her gorgeous nail designs on her Instagram pageCredits: Nails by mads
She has over 5000 followers on Instagram and is a nail artist on Dancing on Ice


She has over 5000 followers on Instagram and is a nail artist on Dancing on IceCredits: Nails by mads
Love Island's Dani Dyer, the daughter of actor Danny, got a manicure from Maddy


Love Island’s Dani Dyer, the daughter of actor Danny, got a manicure from MaddyCredits: Nails by mads
Maddy recommends oiling our nails because winter can make them dry and brittle


Maddy recommends oiling our nails because winter can make them dry and brittleCredit: Getty – Contributor
Come Dancing expert and judge Oti also got her nails done by Maddy


Come Dancing expert and judge Oti also got her nails done by MaddyCredits: Nails by mads

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