Nail files are tools used to reduce the length of the nail and to shape the nail further. They are mostly long and flat, and you can get either single or double files.
The most significant choices that you will make when it comes to choosing the right equipment for your salon is the types of nail files and buffers that you will use. If you are new to the business, then you may not even be aware that there are different types available to choose from. Well, sadly, the differences between files are slightly more complicated than you would imagine them to be If you get it wrong you could end up seriously damaging your client’s nails. I recommend you read my review titled: Best 9 Electric Nail File Machines in 2017 – Good Brands for Nail art
History of Nail Files
Some of the histories of nail files are as follows;
- Before the invention of a nail file, women used different things such as scissors and even acids to shorten and shape their nails.. It was terrible.
- The first documented use of a “nail file like” device was in France, during the days of queen Marie Antoinette, who lived between the years 1755 and 1793. She would use to file her nails with a pencil like device made from pumice stone.
- Interestingly the pencil-like nail file Marie Antoinette used would not be thrown away after use. Instead, it was cleaned and stored by her maidens for next day or future use.
- The first real nail file was invented in 1830s by a foot doctor by the names of Doctor Sitts. The nail file was a modification of an orange stick from a yet to be known device employed in the treatment of dental problems. Women used it to shape their nails.
- After that, the nail file has evolved through several stages up to the point where we now have a glass file and electric nail files to use when you want to paint your nails.
- The invention of the glass file, the most durable and recent nail file has been brought up due to the continued evolution of nail file.
Nail buffers are used to perfect the nail and to eliminate any marks, as well as polish the surface of the nails. They tend to be quite chunky, and you can get a three-way buffer that works to cut, clean and smoothen the nails.
You use the file to smooth over the top of the nail, and it rubs the nail away. To achieve this grit is used and various files have a different amount of grit on them. The higher the grit, the gentler the file will be on the nails. The lower the grit, the harder it will be.
You need to be keen when you choose a file to use on each client. If you choose a file that has a little grit, it could destroy your client’s nails. Usually, lower grit files should be used on hard cover materials; they should never be used on actual nails.
The most common grit files tend to be eighty, hundred, one hundred and eighty, two hundred and forty, three hundred and sixty, four hundred to nine hundred and nine hundred to one thousand two hundred. If you are going to be performing a treatment on natural nails, then you should never use a file with grit that is less than two hundred and forty. However, this may be removed out if you are working on a pedicure on the big toe. The big toe nail is tough, and it can be hard to file down. So on these occasions, you may be able to get away with using a grit file of one hundred and eighty.
Overall if you use anything less than two hundred and forty on natural nails, then it can actually damage the nail.
Emery boards are cardboard with tiny grains of sand adhered to them and can be used interchangeably with sandpaper. The board does the filing by tearing your nail. You file in one direction so as to reduce damage to the nail during the filing process. Emery boards are sharp on nails, but they accomplish the job.
Unfortunately, when using an emery board, you leave the tip of the nail open as opposed to being closed. Leaving the nail edge free means dirt and water can enter inside the nail itself causing cracking, flaking and crumbling of the nails.
Emery boards have some disadvantages which include; They take so long to decompose in the ground entirely. Additionally, due to the porous nature of their cardboard and sand dirt can easily be embedded into the file and bacteria can grow rampantly.
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