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Choosing the Right Nail File

Some people love metal files, some prefer glass files and some like the feeling of a little sandpaper grit under their nails. Whichever style of file tickles your fancy, we've got you covered. Here's a quick breakdown of which files are best for which jobs.

Smoothing and Shaping

Thin to average thickness natural nails:

  • A Sapphire File is great for metal file fans. It's double sided for a long life and has a single, 280 grit on both sides for extra-gentle smoothing.
  • Glass Files are very gentle and will last a lifetime if they're not dropped on sharp or hard surfaces.
  • Emery Boards are inexpensive, versatile and disposable. Our pack of 10 will last for lots of filings. Those with thin nails should use the tan, 150 grit, side gently and avoid the orange, 120 grit, side.
  • Pink Banana Boards are double-sided, offering a medium (280 grit) and a fine (320) grit.  Their cushioned core and curved design make them easy to hold and gentle, yet effective, on natural nails.

Average to thick natural nails:

  • Emery Boards are inexpensive, versatile and disposable. Our pack of 10 will last for lots of filings. Those with thick nails should use the orange, 120 grit, side to smooth any rough edges and the tan, 150 grit, side to fine finish.
  • Black Cushioned Boards are great for thick nails because their 100 grit easily shapes while the 180 grit smoothes and seals the nail edges.

Acrylic Nails:

  • Black Cushioned Boards are definitely the way to go here. Acrylic is no match for the coarse 100 grit and the 180 grit smoothes to perfection.

Extra Tip: Some folks prefer to file their nails, rather than cut them. The quickest way to reduce length is with a coarse file like the Black Cushioned Boards or the Emery Boards. Just make sure you use a finer grit to finish and smooth.