Tips on filing your nails at home

Learning to file your own nails is a bit of an art form, one hand is always easier to do them the other! There are a few rules to follow to achieve the best results:

• Use a good quality file that has not been over used. In a salon you would have a fresh file for each client, this is for hygiene reasons and to achieve the best filing results.
• It is always best to use a finer file on natural nails. The higher the grit the softer the file and the kinder it will be on the nails. Grit of 240 is ideal for natural nails anything courser will tear the nails, a courser grit of 180 or 100 is better on artificial nails and thicker toe nails.
• Don’t be tempted the saw (in a back and forth action) at the nails, file from the side to the centre then from the other side to the centre, in long sweeping motions holding the file flat against the nail, if you angle the file the nail will become thinned at the tip and weakened.
• If you are taking a lot of length off the nails, cut them down first with nail scissors or clippers, the constant filing can damage the nail bed and make the nail sensitive after filing.
• Don’t file the nails to low at the side edges, it is this slightly thicker part of the nail that is strongest and will help prevent the nails from braking and splitting low down.

If one of your nails does brake, don’t worry, nails do grow very fast. I tend to take my other nails down a little and use a neutral nail colour to disguise the shorter nail.

Happy filing!

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