What do you know about Nail Files?

Have you ever wondered..

Are all nail files the same? Which nail file should I use? How do I know which type of nail file to use on natural or extension nails? Are they washable or non-washable? etc.

Nail files may either be emery boards, ceramic, glass, crystal, plain metal files or metal files coated corundum (the choice is personal reference).

Nail files contain three main components: the abrasive, the material the abrasive attaches to, and the core to which the material is attached.

In this blog, we are going to talk about:

- The most common and effective nail file (for nail enhancement and extension) with an abrasive material similar to sand paper as known as Silicon Carbide. The color is bluish-black synthetic crystalline compound; one of the hardest known substances; individual crystals have very jagged edges with high peaks and valleys; cuts deeper, faster; tends to shed some dust when filing. 

- Different nail file's grits

Nail files with Silicone Carbide abrasive, plastic core (instead of foam or wood) with thin foam cushion attached to, are rigid and prevent transmitting the vibration to technician’s hand during filing process. Especially for nail techs that work full time who want nail files that are sturdy, lightweight and effective. 

Less expensive files can be more costly in the long run. They can shed grit and wear out quickly, buckle and crease, become too flexible, and cut cuticles if they’re not evenly cut.

The higher the grit, the smoother the file and the lower the grit, the coarser the file. The quality of grit is also important for longevity of your file.

  • Coarse (80-100 grit) are best for shaping and de-bulking acrylic enhancements and reducing the length
  • Medium (150 – 180 grit) are best to shape  smoothes and shapes the nail extension’s surface and toe nails
  • Fine (180 – 240-grit) is gentle for shaping natural nails. 
  • Super Fine (240-600 grit) are best for buffing the nail extension’s surface.
  • Extreme fine (600-2400 grit) are used for shine buff.

We hope this blog will help you find the right nail file(s) that take(s) away the hard work off of your hands, arms and wrists.

The Imperial Room.


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