We have a love-hate relationship with nail files. When we’re not searching for them, it seems like there are suddenly emery boards everywhere: our bathroom, bedside table, makeup bag, purse, you name it. But besides the classic emery board we can’t seem to escape, there are other options ideal for different types of manicures and nail strengths. With that being said, let us welcome you to our introductory class, Nail Filing 101.


For starters, there are several different types of nail files: the most common being emery boards, glass nail files, metal files and nail buffing blocks. When searching for a new nail file, pay careful attention to the grit number you’re choosing, as it should be based on your specific nail. The lower the grit number, the coarser the nail file. Therefore, lower numbers starting around 80 are ideal for strong, acrylic nails, but never your natural nails! For natural nails, choose a higher grit count (ideally around 180). And if you have weak nails, we recommend looking for a grit level around 240.


Now that you’ve got the basics down, check out five different nail files to find the perfect one for you:


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