Have you ever got home having been to a store and bought a nail file that was no good, either too rough or just not capable of filing at all? If so then in all probability you have bought the wrong type for your nails so Agim Salon are going to begin a brief overview of file types and their purpose, starting with emery boards.

Emery boards are extremely common being suitable for natural or artificial nail with the bonus of being inexpensive. However the downside is that they cannot be sterilized or even washed so really should be used once and disposed of. Emery files provide a range of “roughness” that is provided by the boards grit content. The higher the grit level, the smoother the file will be and the range available is certainly wide enough for you to be able to find the right one for you.

Starting at the course range of emery boards you will find the 80 grit. These are considered to be too rough for use on natural nails but you might be able to get away with using this type on artificial nails but Agim Salon would advise some caution when trying out this grit. 100 grit is the level that becomes more suitable for artificial nails but is still too rough for natural nails. If your nails are in good condition then the 180 grit is probably going to be the roughest you can safely use without causing damage but if your nails are already damaged you will need to use a smoother emery board. The 240 grit is of course softer and ideal for buffing nails to achieve a lovely smooth finish and even remove stains on the nails. To polish nails then the 500 grit is an ideal emery board to use.

Next week Agim Salon will continue this theme and look at the other options available for nail filing.