How To Use A Glass Nail File: Step-by-Step

What’s the point of adding a glass nail file to a drawerful of emery boards and metal files?

Crystal or glass nail files have carved out their own rightful place in the nail-care world. Made from tempered glass, these files have a more precise filing surface that seals the keratin layers at the edge of the nail, helping to prevent splitting and peeling. This style of file’s precision performance helps get you healthier, stronger nails with a sleek, smooth finish. 

Glass nail files are super durable, easy to clean, and a more sustainable choice for both personal and professional use. Their gentle yet effective filing action means they play well with natural, acrylic, and gel nails alike. 

And did we mention how cool they look?

How To Use A Glass Nail File

Step 1: Prepare Your Nails

  • Start by washing your hands thoroughly to remove dirt or oils that could get in the way of a close file. Dry your hands and nails completely with a clean towel.

Step 2: Choose the Right Glass Nail File

Step 3: Hold the File Correctly

  • Hold the glass nail file at a slight angle to your nail. Grip it firmly but comfortably to maintain control.

Step 4: Shape Your Nails

  • Decide on the shape you want your nails to take, then use the glass nail file to gently sculpt your nails’ edges.

Step 5: Smooth the Edges

  • After getting the shape you want, use the glass nail file to smooth out any rough edges. Lightly file the tips, too, to ensure they’re even and snag-free.

Step 6: Clean the File

  • When you’re done filing, rinse the glass nail file under warm water. (Use a soft brush with mild soap, or 70% isopropyl alcohol, for increasingly deep levels of cleaning.) Allow it to air dry, or pat it dry with a clean towel, before storing.

By following these steps, your glass nail file is the ticket to gorgeously groomed nails.

Can You File In Both Directions With a Glass Nail File?

Yes! Unlike traditional emery boards, which can cause splitting and damage when used in a back-and-forth motion, you can file in both directions with a glass nail file. The fine, smooth surface of the glass gently seals the keratin layers at the edge of the nail. This unique feature results in a quicker, easier, less damaging filing process. 

How Often Should I Use A Glass Nail File?

How often you use a glass nail file depends on your nail care routine and the condition of your digits. Using a glass nail file once a week or so will help you keep your nails in good shape and get a grip on any peeling. If you notice your nails growing unevenly or developing rough edges, it’s fine to get in there more frequently; regular use of a glass nail file actually helps you maintain healthy nails without causing damage.

How Often Should I Replace My Glass Nail File?

One of the biggest advantages of a glass nail file is its durability, meaning it doesn't need to be replaced nearly as often as an emery board. With proper care and cleaning, a high-quality glass nail file can last you for years. Of course, if you notice any surface chips or cracks, or a steep fall-off in filing efficacy, consider it time for a replacement.

Why We Love Glass Nail Files So Much

A gentle yet effective way to get and keep healthy, strong nails, a glass nail file can really ramp up your nail-care game. By following our quick and easy step-by-step guide, you can get salon-quality results at home from this durable, eco-friendly tool. Plus, with some basic care, you’ll extend your glass nail file’s longevity so that it remains one of the most reliable tools in that drawer of options. 

Nail care is what we do here at Londontown. Our expertise lies in developing superior nail care products that support healthy, fabulous-looking nails using only clean ingredients. From subtle nail concealers to notice-me nail colors, our clean, comprehensive range of premium products is designed to help you look and feel your best, whatever that means to you today. 



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