Did you know there’s an art to filing your nails correctly? For the longest lasting manicure, follow these 6 tips for filing your nails!
Tip #1: Use a file that’s 220 grit or higher.
Using anything lower would be the equivalent of trying to sand a smooth finish on a piece of wood with a cheese grater. Not ideal, right?
Tip #2: Avoid filing in a back and forth sawing motion.
Your nails are not a log being cut in half – so avoid sawing them! Filing should be one smooth motion from one side of the nail to the center, and then lift the file and repeat on the opposite side of the nail. Continue until you reach your desired nail shape.
Tip #3: Hold the file flat against the nail tip, not at an angle.
Filing the nail with the file at an angle will thin the nail tip, leading to breakage and weakening the nail.
Tip #4: Avoid soaking your nails in water prior to filing or a manicure.
I know. This can’t possibly be sound advice, right? It’s the first thing they do when you sit down for a manicure at most salons! But the fact of the matter is, soaking prior to a manicure is an outdated practice. Nails are very absorbent. As you soak, the nail plate absorbs water and expands. As you file, it’s not a clean break on the nail tip. Also, if you polish a nail that’s been soaked, your polish is more likely to chip! As your nail dries out and shrinks back to it’s normal size, the polish doesn’t shrink along with it and will chip or peel.
Tip #5: Be careful not to file too far into the sidewall of the nail.
The goal of filing the sidewall of the nail is to straighten the nail. Don’t overdo it!
Tip #6: Don’t file nails to shorten them.
Use a nail clipper to first achieve the desired length. The file should be reserved for smoothing and shaping only.
Now that you’ve got the filing down, your manicure will look like a pro did it!
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