Great looking nails can easily be achieved even if you are doing it at home. A part of the process of creating those stunning nails is filing them so that they will take on a uniform nail shape. You can do that with a nail file.
There are different nail files (wooden nail file, metal nail file, crystal nail file, ceramic nail file, and electric nail file). Of these, the electric nail file is the most convenient to use. It makes filing down and shaping nails a lot easier and quicker.
If you are looking for the best nail file to use for your next DIY manicure and pedicure, you just can’t just go a store to buy the nail file that you want. You’d need to consider several safety precautions before finally deciding which nail file to choose or use. Remember that your concern is to create the most convenient experience for yourself or your client (if you are providing the same services to others). That can only be done with a high-quality nail file.
Tips for choosing the best electric nail file
For perfect looking nails, you will need to use an excellent quality electric file. To make sure that you will be purchasing one, consider our recommendations for determining the one that will give you the most benefit and the best value for your money.
- Find a nail file that fits well in your hands. Remember that you will be holding this tool for some time, hence comfort is one of the first things that you would want to have with your nail file. You’ll also want to have one that a bit that creates steady turns so that it won’t vibrate when you use it.
- Buy one with variable speeds. Such a nail file will provide you the ability to access this function easily without compromising your work.
- Choose an electric file that fits standard sized bits.
- Buy from a reliable source. There are many sellers online that claims that they are providing quality products. But are they all providing quality service? Does the machine come with a warranty? Does the seller or manufacturer offer technical support?
Keeping it safe and healthy
Many tend to forget that their bits should be hygienic just like the other tools that they are using. To ensure that your nails, as well as your customers, will always be safe, sanitize the bits after every procedure.
Use a scrub to brush your drill bits and rinse with soapy water. You may also soak them in acetone as this will easily dissolve the dust and dead particles that get stuck in the grits of the bits.
After washing, disinfect your drill bits to kill any bacteria that may still be lingering on the bits. Before you do, make sure that you follow the instructions in the manufacturer’s manual for proper cleaning and soaking of these tools.
Store the bits after they are totally dried.
Note that regular bits will rust after soaking them a few times. That won’t be a problem, however, if you are using diamond bits. Also, make sure that you won’t soak them longer than necessary as this will make your bits to rust earlier.
Tips to master using an electric nail file
Whatever your problem with your nails when doing a manicure or a pedicure, an electric nail file can help you fix them. To use an electric file like a pro, here are some tips that you need to consider to help you while doing the procedure.
- Apply just enough pressure on the bit, especially when you are cleaning the underside of the your nails.
- Use slow speed when filing the cuticle, medium speed for backfills and concave shapes, and a fast speed when shaping the surface of the nails. Make sure that you don’t exceed 15,000 RPM as doing so may damage the nail.
- Hold your client’s hand steadily and firmly to avoid unnecessary vibrations. Use your pinky or ring finger to assist your thumb and index finger and to provide a better balance and precision while working.
Removing a lifted nail coating
This can easily be done using a tapered drill bit. Drill from side to side while maintaining the bit flat at all times. Once the polish is removed, you may use a one-stroke movement along sealed and loose polish to completely remove whatever may still be hanging lose on the nail.
Repairing a Crack
To repair a crack, you can use a mini French-filled diamond. An electric nail file can also be used to do this. You’ll need to work on the crack before you can prep the nail. Use a slow speed movement (about 2500 – 6,000 RPM) and move the bit from the outer part of the nail and towards the crack. Make sure to remove just enough from the nail, however.
Prepping the Nails
For this purpose, you may use a fine sanding band/medium-fine diamond/coarse silicone drill bits.
You’ll need to gently push back the cuticles to keep the bits from grabbing and hurting the skin. Press the bit flat against the nail (use a speed of 2000 RPM). Use light pressure and make sure that you go over every part of the nail. Lift the bit once in a while to avoid any heat to build up and damage the nail.
You can also use the nail file to remove any dead skin without angling the bit. Move your client’s hand instead of the machine according to your needs.
Filing Natural Nails
Natural nails can easily be filed using an extra-fine diamond/extra-fine sanding band/silicone.
You’ll need to slowly and gently push the cuticle back to expose any dead skin, remove ridges and smoothen the nail’s surface. A slow speed that ranges from 2,500 to 6,000 RPM will just be fine for this purpose. Keep the bit flat to the nail while holding it horizontally. Move the nail file from side to side. To remove any dead skin, move the file a circular motion.
Using an extra-fine sanding band with some drilling oil, hold the bit horizontally and move from one lateral fold to the other and over the cuticle. Keep the bit flat.
Then, apply some buffing cream on the surface of the nails to leave a shiny finish on them. Once done, apply some cuticle oil on the nails and on the surrounding skin and massage the nail.
Use a French-filled diamond/carbide straight barrel/specialized backfill with your electric nail file to do backfills.
A slightly faster speed (ranging between 5,000 and 9,000 RPM) will be needed for this purpose. Hold the electric drill at approximately 10 degrees angle to cut a new curved line on the nail. Leave an average of 80% of pink and 60% of white.
Finishing a Nail
The type of bit that will work best for this process is one of these bits: medium barrel/diamond/carbide/extra-fine diamond.
Use side-to-side movements while applying a gentle but firm pressure all over the nail. Make sure that the bit floats across the nail. You will need about 5,000 and 12,000 RPM for this purpose.
Always lower the speed to RPM when approaching sensitive parts of the nails such as the cuticle. Once done, use an extra fine diamond bit with a drill friendly oil to smoothen the nails for that shiny finish.