Proper nail care is very important because our nails protect the ends of our fingers and toes from trauma and to help pick things up. They are made of up of layers of protein called keratin and can be indicative of one’s general health. They grow on average 1mm per week, unless there are dietary issues or medical conditions that prevent this. Our nails are always visible and can represent to others an overall picture of our personal hygiene that’s why we have to take good care of our nails and maintain cleanliness.
Nail filing is one of the most important parts of nail care. Filing is used to give your nails a proper shape and helps prevent split ends, broken ends and rough edges. Knowing proper nail filing techniques can definitely protect your nails from breakage. If you want better nail filing results then try to select a correct tool. For simple nail filing, Avoid using metal file because it is harsh for your nails due to its more coarsely grained surface. Fine grain files wear down easily, and you may be tempted to handle a worn file more aggressively. This will usually lead to nail breakage. Traditional files should be used by filing in one direction only, but they rarely are, and filing in both directions causes the layers of keratin to shred, leaving the edge thinner and more prone to peeling and chipping.
The most efficient filing tools are Glass or Crystal Nail Files. They seal the keratin layers together at the edge of the nail, preventing chipping and peeling. Another bonus is that glass files can be sanitized and sterilized. And they’re great for professional use. Here are some tips for filing nails using Glass Nail Files:
- File each nail in one direction using long, even strokes. Nails should be always dry while filing because wet nails tend to split more easily.
- Do not file on the nails that are not properly grown, wait until the tip of the nail has grown at least one quarter inch from the nail bed, or the pink part of the nail.
- Start on one corner of the nail and move towards the center of the nail.
- Apply minimum pressure and file the nails in one direction for smooth finish.
- Use a short motion followed by long motion to file your nails.
- In order to prevent nails from breakage give your nails an oval or square shape.
- After filing the nails, wash and moisturize your nails.
- Wash glass nail files regularly with soapy and water or just pop them in the dishwasher to sanitize. Just make sure to keep them separate from metal utensils to prevent breakage. The high water temperature removes any buildup on the files and makes them look new.
- Always make sure to store your glass nail files in its protective case until the next time you use it.