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I think I've managed to get the hang of pushing back my cuticles as in how to actually do it, but I'm not sure how far I'm meant to push them back, so I was hoping you could please tell me?
Thank-you :)

Hi Libby

Thanks for your question.

In regards to cuticles, the golden rule is 'less is more'. Don't overdo things, just gently pushing on the cuticles should suffice, for regular maintenance. If you find they are quite overgrown (eg: growing up the nail) you can get a product called 'cuticle remover' apply some of it to the cuticles, leave it for a few minutes, then push them back, you will find this helps remove the excess. After the initial treatment, maintenance of them by the gentle pushing action will become easier and you can see how they push back.

Take care with them, as damage can occur if too rough and when it happens it takes a while to heal and can be quite painful. As I said earlier, less is more.

Hope this helps

Caitlin :)

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Caitlin Morrison


I can confidently discuss all aspects of nail care, nail disorders, nail diseases, infection control, nail enhancements, nail art, airbrushing, manicuring, pedicuring, product awareness, technical aspects, local licensing policies, local insurance issues and the vast range of polishes now on offer. I can't comment on licensing or insurance issues outside of Australia. As I am not a doctor, I cannot diagnose medical conditions over the internet for you. Please also note, that I am in no way qualified and have any knowledge of the hair industry. In Australia, this is a completely seperate area of expertise :)


I have been playing around with nail enhancements since I was 14, getting them done professionally since I was 18 and I have been a licensed Nail Technician since 2001. Further to this, I have also been a licensed Beauty Therapist since 2011. I have had my own nail salon since 2001 and this has expanded as my skills have to a full beauty salon since 2010.

Australian Society of Dermal Clinicans. The Australian Professional Fingernail Association.

Nail Techincian since 2001. Beauty Therapist since 2011. Currently studying a Bachelor of Health Science majoring in Dermal Therapies - Due to complete this in November 2013.

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