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How To File Your Nails The Right Way

How To File Your Nails The Right Way


Did you know there’s a right way and a wrong way to file your nails? If this is news to you, you’re in luck because we’re going to give you 6 tips and tricks that’ll have you filing your nails like a manicure pro in no time!

Pick the Right File

The kind of file you choose can make or break your file job. Professionals recommend always using a glass file because it’s not as abrasive on the nails, it lasts forever, and easy to clean. Most nail files are too coarse for the nails, which actually weaken the tips, making them more prone to splitting and tearing.

Trim Before Filing

It’s important to trim your nails to the desired length before filing. Taking down the length with a file can cause too much stress on the nail, which encourages breakage or splitting, especially on longer nails.

Avoid A “Back-And-Forth” Motion

When filing your nails, you want to avoid filing in a back-and-forth motion. Doing this causes splitting and tearing. Instead, you want to file your nails in one direction, moving in a slow and gentle motion. It’s also important to be gentle and careful when filing your nails. This may not be the most fun step of the at-home manicure process, but if you want your nails in tip-top shape, it’s important to give them a little TLC.

Slow Down

Always take your time when filing so you don’t damage your nails. It’s easy and natural to want to rush this part of the manicure process, but filing is actually one of the most important steps and should not be rushed through. Don’t rush.

Follow Your Natural Nail Shape

When you file your nails, the results are more flattering when you embrace your natural nail shape. Of course, shaping your nails is a personal choice, but why not embrace what nature gifted you?

File Dry Nails Only

When your nails are wet, they’re more prone to peeling and breaking. Avoid filing your nails right after a shower or bath.

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Did not know about filing in only one direction!
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