nail pedicure: what nail file to choose

Okay, you’re likely thinking: Nail files, is there actually a lot more to know? The answer is a resounding yes! As the products you utilize on your fingertips, the nail file you decide on may have direct effect on look and the effect on the next manicure.

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With ceramic and glass stuff gaining in popularity, what’s actually the differentiation between the sandpapered standard and these fine files? The greatest difference is the fact that emery nail files cannot be sterilized, while glass and ceramic files may be washed and soaked in a liquid solution.

Emery files work quicker, conversely, you cannot work with files that are ceramic as fast, plus they can break easily. I am used to using emery nail file since they are so varied: size, depth, amount of grain, and so I can find the best one for the nail I am working with, which ranges from real to fake. But since glass and ceramic nail files are the least abrasive, I use them on really skinny and feeble nails.


As grit sizes vary from ultra fine to coarse Emery boards aren’t all created equal.  File nails softly and stick with a grit size of 180 to 280, keep an eye on coarse grained buffers as your nails will be destroied if over buffed.

It is ok to gently rock back and forth from corner to corner filling with an extremely fine grain nail file, although filing nails one direction to the other used to be the nail school standard. To get a sq shape, I prefer to file the end of the nail first, this confirms the ultimate period of the nail. Then I continue on to the borders of the nail to balance the square out.