Wooden Manicure Sticks vs. Metal Manicure Sticks

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Both wooden manicure sticks and metal tools can be used in manicures and pedicures to work on cuticles. Metal manicure sticks tend to have one flat end that is largely used to push the cutical back. Wooden manicure sticks have one flat end and one pointed end. The flat end is used to push back the cutical and the pointed end is used to clean under nails when wrapped in a small piece of cotton ball soaked in nail polish remover. Metal sticks tend to be more expensive. Wooden dowels usually come in packs and individual sticks should be replaced after several uses.


Manicure Sticks

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color-coded manicure sticks

color-coded manicure sticks

Manicure sticks, also know as orange wood sticks and orange sticks, are small diameter dowels with ends beveled in two different fashions or pointed.  These sticks are made from white birch, a close grained wood that machines smoothly and offers a versatile product originally intended for care of nails in manicures and pedicures, though has found numerous other uses outside the salon.

The typical size of a manicure stick is 5/32” diameter and length of 4 – 4.5”, though some applications prefer as long as 7’’ and sometimes are requested at diameters as large as 3/16”.  Packaging varies from  a few for home use,  bulk supply of 144 per box is common,  or larger quantities for commercial applications.

The end of the manicure stick is beveled to push back the cuticle.  Beveling can be offered as double beveled creating a flat screwdriver type end or single beveled, which creates a rounded and crisper edge.  The other end of the stick is often pointed, such as a pencil point and can be used for cleaning as well as manipulate polishes in nail art.  The birch wood is sturdy, though more gentle than metal tools also used in salons, with each having their applications and preferences of professionals.  Wooden manicure sticks are inexpensive, environmentally friendly  and disposable.

Wooden manicure sticks, a renewable resource.