Friday, 24 August 2012

All About Nail Files

Hello there beauties!! I hope you all are enjoying your life and having fun :)
I did a through study on ways to maintain length of my nails and avoid chipping and splitting as I love Looong Nails :D one of the important things that I came across was Nail Files and their effect on nails! So I wanted to talk a little bit about Nail Files and how to choose the right one for you..
so let's get started !

Types of Nail files :

1.     Metal Nail Files.
2.     Emery boards or cushioned Nail Files.
3.     Glass or crystal Nail Files.
4.     Stone or ceramic Nail Files.

let's explore them in detail..

1. Metal Nail Files.
This type of file is pretty common and cheap.They basically come in just  every manicure set.  if you use this type of file,I request you to please STOP. Throw it away !! NOW ! 
These are generally the coarsest variety of Nail Files,  Metal nail files tend to last a long time,but they are not recommended as the abrasiveness can cause tearing and peeling in the nails!

2.Emery Boards

These types of nail files can be found anywhere. These are typically made with a base of cardboard or sponge, and the surface is made up  of finely ground corundum, a mineral.A dual-sided emery board has  one side rougher than the other. Emery boards tend to wear out rather quickly, especially when compared to other types. As they are constructed of cardboard or sponge base, the file can bend easily, causing dents in it! 
I recommend using that emery board which has less thickness as it will make filing near and under the side edges of nail easier!They are perfect for taking down the length of your nails!

3.Glass or Crystal Nail File

The crystal/glass nail file is all the hype right now and it's much better for your nails than any other type of file. The crystal/glass type of file is finer than most emery boards and therefore it's easier on your natural nails.I use the above shown glass file myself but I find that it's just not coarse enough to take down the length of my nails because it makes the filing process sooo much longer that way.Although this type  of Nail File is best for cleaning up around the edges of the nail after filing them down/shaping them. glass nail files provide with finer edges thus sealing any nicks or snags and prevent from splitting of nails. They are not as durable as metal if dropped or handled roughly.These are great when you just to remove any imperfection and still have the same length!

4. Stone or Ceramic Nail Files

Stone/Ceramic Nail files are also much like the Glass Nail Files..They are very gentle but once again they are not suitable for taking down the length of Nails but are excellent to provide finer edges and a finishing touch! They are just great for maintenance filing !

Which Ones I Prefer : I use an emery board to take down the length of my nails and then I finish off with a glass or Ceramic Nail file .. But mostly I do maintenance filing just a slight file here and there with glass or stone Nail File to maintain the length of my nails

so this is it for Nail files I hope you find this post useful !

Which Nail file do you use??Do let me know I'd love to read your comments!

Have Fun & Be Safe :)


  1. Informative article
    I m planning to buy nail art brushes
    can u give me tips on wat to n wat nt to

    1. Thanks Vish :D
      Just sent an email hope it helps :)

  2. Great post Manu, now I know which type of files to use :)

  3. this is so informative,and gladly I have all those files lying with me. The manicure set was a gift,otherwise I wouldn't have bothered to buy all these myself.

  4. Rather than focusing on the superficial,
    transitory, that which'll pass-away in
    Springtime, I believe what you should be
    focusing on is Almighty God N how to
    please Him, not thy nails, dear...

    'the more you shall honor Me,
    the more I shall bless you'
    -the Infant Jesus of Prague

    Jesus, have mercy on our souls.


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