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Friday, 25 November 2011

How to file your nails

Choosing a nail file
Nail files come in many different grit types. This basically mean some files are stronger or more abrasive than others. Most nail files have two different grits on each side of the file. Some grits should only be used on false or extended nails, such as acrylic and gel nails, as they are very coarse. If the file is too strong it may cause you to lose control and file off more than you intended to! This can also lead to painful cuts and slices on the side of the finger and can cause the nail to become weaker and start peeling.

Buying your nail file
If you are tending to your natural nail, always buy your files from a pharmacy or supermarket. Buying from a salon supplier can be tricky because they carry a very wide range of files and some may be too coarse for your needs.

Breaking in your new file
To break in a new file and avoid unwanted nicks, scrape the each side of your new nail file against an old file - this will take the sharpness off the file.

The filing process
When filing your nails, always file the nail in one direction only. Do not file back and forth, as this can cause peeling. Always use the weaker side of the file for finger nails and the stronger side for toe nails. Do not soak your finger nails before filing, as soaking will soften the nail which will make it harder to shape and easier to demolish!

Nail shape
The healthiest shape for growing nails is square-like i.e. straight across the top with the sides slightly tapered off at the corners. This avoids the nails snagging or getting caught in anything and breaking.

Finishing touches
To finish off the nail so that no bits lurk underneath, there is a salon trick called 'Bevelling'. To do this, simply run the nail file or a soft buffer gently and quickly from side to side underneath the nail. This will remove the debris and leave you with a perfectly clean shape. - Book Manicures Online

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