It is hard to choose the right Nail file. A paper, glass or metal one? There’s a lot of questions and they’re all pretty important if we don’t want to damage our natural plates or to get split Nails.
Among the Nail files they are the most popular, cheap and widely accessible. It is obvious that files have to be replaced often, so price does matter. We can buy these in large quantities and always have them with us. On top of that, Paper files offer a very large selection of gradation. Depending on our needs, we can choose one that is adequate for filing a Hybrid or getting the Nail Edge even, for example. On top of that, there’s a lot of Shapes to choose from: banana, simple files and obviously boats (crescents).
The banana is the most popular, as it is slightly curved – which helps when filing Nails down. A simple file makes it much easier to file a Hybrid, gel or acrylic, and its rounded tip will make it easy to work with the skin.
The boat shape combines the banana and the simple shape. It is perfect for long and extended Nails. Its large area allows to quickly even the plate. AND THE CURVED Edge WILL BE PERFECT FOR GIVING Nails A PERFECT SHAPE, LIKE THAT OF AN ALMOND.
I ALSO CATEGORIZE Paper files BY 3 COLORS: WHITE, GRAY (THE SO-CALLED ZEBRA) AND BLACK. The most popular color is zebra. The other two colors, on the other hand, also have their fans. Those files are also pretty elastic, which allows for a firmer grip on them without worrying we will hurt ourselves with them too much.
They were made with taking care of natural plate in mind. They always have very fine grain, which is perfect for filing the free surface of a Nail. Glass files don’t cause natural Nails to split. Which is definitely not something we want. It is also worth noting that they are very easy to clean – we can do it with water and soap or if we also want to disinfect them, we can use a dedicated liquid for that. They are pretty durable and don’t need to be replaced too often.
They’re a child of a bygone era. They are harmful to Nails. They might cause the plate to split. And using them with Hybrids isn’t likely to be comfortable. They are thin and hard to maneuver when working with them. On top of that, we can’t choose the gradation, which means it might turn out that the file we bought will have too fine grain to remove a Hybrid. Its huge upside is a pointy tip – no other file has it these days. And let’s be honest, it often comes in handy.