One of the key tools for grooming your nails is a nail file! It’s a simple device that lets you to shape your nails.A manicure to turn out right is absolutely impossible if you happen to file it right. But how do you do that? The key lies in using the right nail file. Sounds simple right>
Yet, when you walk into a store to pick up a simple nail file, you are faced with a dazzling array of options. Nail files range in price. They come in all sorts of colors, sizes, and are made from many types of materials.
Where to begin? First, you should understand the different types of nail files. Then, you can understand which nail file to buy and how to care for it.
Types of Nail Files:
Nail files come in several types:
Emery boards are made of cardboard covered with emery. Emery is fine-grained corundum, which is a very hard mineral. Emery boards are cheap and disposable. They often come several to a pack and have various surfaces. 180/240 grit size is perfect for a natural nail.
Metal files are also coated with corundum. They last longer than emery boards, since metal is more durable. However, they can be hard on your nails. NEVER use them to file a nail in poor condition.
Glass files are on the expensive side. They claim to prevent to prevent nail splitting and peeling. Their surface is much finer than that of an emery board or a metal nail file.
What to Look for in a Nail File?
The surface of nail files can be very rough or almost smooth. Each surface has its own uses. Use a rough surface when you want to do heavy filing. Smooth surfaces are best for minor adjustments to your nails.
Emery boards can have various surfaces. A single emery board can have two to four different surfaces. The surface of a glass file is so fine that you don’t feel compelled to own several with different surfaces. If you use emery boards, you might want to buy one that has several surfaces, or buy several different emery boards. Metal files also vary in surface, but they tend to be the harshest of all types of nail files. Avoid nail files that are harsh or that will damage your nails if you make a mistake when filing.
Precautions While Using Nail Files:
Sharing nail files can cause the spread of some diseases. When you are getting a manicure or pedicure, ensure that the salon sterilizes their tools. At home, you can dispose of emery boards after several uses. You can also sterilize metal and crystal nail files. Glass or crystal nail files can get hot on the nail, be aware of this as it is not good for the nail. They break easily when dropped.
With so many choices, it may difficult to select a good nail file. Choose nail files that are kind to your nails. 180/240 grit size is perfect for a natural nail. Keep your nail files sanitized or dispose of them regularly. And most of all have fun keeping your nails looking great!
For natural nails i always use 180/240 grit nail file (grit ratio is always written on good quality of nail files).I personally prefer emery board ones and the shape of file I prefer is banana shape as it helps in better grip during filing.
How to file nails
Under Pressure may have bit a hit song in 1981 but your nails will thank you for abstaining! Try this: grab your nail file and put it flat on the back of your hand. Now use your index finger to press down at the center of it, using the pressure you’d normally use to file and drag it across your skin. Feel that? Your nails do too. Excessive or aggressive filing or even using the wrong grit of file can really damage your free edge and lead to breaks, peels, and more! Now try the experiment again, but this time don’t use your index finger. Just glide the file lightly across your hand using no pressure. Not too bad, huh? That’s all the pressure you need to file your nails. Start with a 600 or 400 grit file…that’s right everyone, A BUFFER. Drag it GENTLY using minimal pressure across your free edge. If you’re getting the results you need then you don’t have to graduate the grit. If it’s not changing the shape then you can use a higher grit but NEVER use additional pressure. You’ll save your nails a lot of wear and tear this way!!!
Always use grit of 180 or above on a natural nail and never use a file to change the length of a nail! Use your clippers and THEN file the nail to shape it.