Nail Files

You’ve no doubt either got tons of nail files all around the house or had so many in the past you’re sick of them, but perhaps if you’re looking to really improve your nail designs and nail art you will want to invest in a more professional or specially designed nail file. A few things to be aware of first: the different types of nail files – emery boards, glass and ceramic files and metal files. Each of these is designed for different uses, so picking the right one is important.

Each file is categorized by a grit number, which is basically how rough or smooth they are. So the higher the grit number, the smoother the file, and alternatively the lower the grit number the rougher the file. If your nails are natural then you should be looking for a grit number of around 180-220 – a fine-grit. Possibly even think of a cushion file, which will be effective yet still gentle on your nails. Thin or weak nails will require an even finer grit, so look for an even higher number. If you have acrylic nails then a coarse file with a grit number of 80-100 is probably best, although never use this grit on natural nails.

When you want to just smooth or buff nails then you should be looking for the very high grit files. 240-500 is generally for buffing artificial nails or getting a smooth finish, whilst any file with a grit level above 500 is to polish the surfaces of acrylic and gel nails.

Crystal or glass nail files tend to be more expensive but have the grit etched permanently into the surface of the file. This also enables the file to be washed and sanitized.

One word of warning – there seems to be a general consensus that metal files are terrible! They cause splitting and tearing of your natural nails and are the worst thing you can subject them to, so look to avoid them or replace your metal file with something else quickly!

If you’re looking to upgrade or replace your file, or get a new one, below you can buy some of the most popular nail files on the market

Popular Nail Files
Leighton Denny Crystal Nail File in Aluminimum Case Leighton Denny Crystal Nail File in Aluminium Case
Star Nails Black Boomerang File (100/180 grit) 6 Pack Star Nails Black Boomerang File (100/180 grit) 6 Pack
Stylfile S-file Nail File Stylfile S-file Nail File
Royal 4 Step Mini Nail Buffer Royal 4 Step Mini Nail Buffer
Opi Professional Nail File Edge 240 Opi Professional Nail File Edge 240
See all available Nail Files

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