Choosing Nail Tools

Choosing Nail Tools

You need the right tools to keep our fingernails in great shape. There are so many tools out there, how do you choose? Between shapes, grits and styles, it can get confusing. Use this information to help you find the nail tools you need.

Emery boards are probably the most common nail tool you see. Emery boards are double sided and the 2 sides have different grit sizes. You generally have one coarse side and one smoother side. Nail professionals generally pick a 180/240 grit size to have the most versatility. The only drawback is the emery boards do not have a long life so you need to replace them with new ones every 2-3 weeks.

You probably have an old metal nail file around somewhere. Unfortunately metal files don’t work well and can harm your nails. The metal is really harsh on natural nails and can make your nails weaker. You can use metal on acrylic nails, though.

While glass files can cost a little bit more, they are really precise. You would not want to use a glass file for regular filing or everyday use. If you need some precision filing, then glass is a super choice. Be careful when using a glass nail file because they can break if you happen to drop one on the floor.

Just so you know more about the grit number, just remember that the lower grit numbers are coarser, and the higher numbers are softer. 180 grit is the lowest grit you should ever use, unless you are wearing acrylics. The lower grits can also be used on your toes, but not your fingernails.

If you want to buff, get a good buffing block. Buffing blocks also have different grit sizes on the different sides of the block. This makes a buffing block a useful and versatile tool. Buffing blocks can give you a nice finished look, so try one out.