We all want to get that salon finish at home when we give ourselves a manicure but what tools do the best job? When it comes to my nails, I find the most important tool in my manicure kit is the nail file. What’s the point in pushing back cuticles and wafting freshly painted nails about as if we’re doing a wobbly YMCA routine if, after all that effort; our nails are rough around the edge and cause our perfect polish to chip away?
A good nail filing job makes even polish-free nails look tidy and professional. So, what’s the best nail file for the job?
The most common files to choose from are glass and emery.
Glass Nail File
· Glass nail files never wear down or need replacing – one can last you a lifetime!
· Gentler on the nail, reducing the risk of chipped and split nails!
· Much easier to clean and therefore more hygienic.
· Glass nail files are extremely fragile!
· Not very handbag friendly unless kept inside a strong, durable case!
· Much more expensive than an emery board.
· Extremely cheap to buy!
· Durable – you can toss one in your bag and not worry about it being damaged!
· Ideal on thick, strong nails.
· Wear down after a short while so need replacing frequently.
· Very coarse so they can actually split the keratin layers on your nails, thus causing your nails to split and chip. In the long run, your nails can become very brittle and weak too.
· Can’t be cleaned so you run the risk of spreading fungal nail infections (note: if you have a fungal nail infection, don’t file your nails!)
I used an emery board for years! When you can pick a pack of 20 small boards up for less than a £1 you making a pretty budget friendly beauty buy. However, over time, my nails became very weak and brittle, more so over this past year. It got to the point where I didn’t see the point in even painting my nails because the nails where literally peeling away from themselves the split were so bad – it was a waste of polish and time! I tried every Sally Hanson product going, and though that helped make my nails stronger, they were still splitting at the ends!
Mr.Man had bought his mum a fancy Leighton Denny glass nail file set for Christmas and she couldn’t stop gushing about how healthy and strong her nails had been since using the glass file. Knowing the problems I was having, he went and ordered me one as a treat to see if it would help any. Long story short, it did!
Glass nail files are etched very finely so they shape your nails (all be it slower than an emery board) gentler, which in turn, stops the layers of your nails from splitting. When I slip with the nail file, it doesn’t damage the top of my nails either (I’m a little…clumsy, shall we say?).
The only downside to glass nail files; I hate leaving the house with it! I know how fragile they are and one drop on the pavement would finish my file off for sure (hell, my phone just about survives leaving the house with me!) My file is in a little case but still, I don’t trust myself!
Emery boards are great for a quick fix and I always keep a Styl File mini emergency file in my bag. I know it’s not going to break in there and it’ll sort my nails out until I can get home and get the glass file on them! Emery boards definatly have their place in the beauty world, but for me, it’s glass nail files all the way now!
What type of nail file do you prefer? Let me know in the comments below!
Until next time,