13 Helpful Tips for E-file Users

There are so many things you can do with your e-file, from getting nails to the perfect length and shape to backfill trenching and even a little callus filing. Nail techs share their most common e-file maneuvers.

Brittany Hogan
Lash Couture
Salt Lake City


3. Seasoning an Arbor Band

I like to use an arbor band for natural nail prepping, but you first have to make sure to bevel the edge of the arbor band. This will remove any sharp edges. Simply run it against a hand file while it is in a low setting for only a second; this will ensure you do not nick your client.


4. Prepping the Natural Nail

Make sure you are using your e-file with arbor band on the lowest speed setting. Many e-files will “skip” or stop when used at the lowest setting. Do not use an e-file for prepping if yours skips or stops and do not use it at a higher speed setting to avoid this as this will cause excessive filing of the natural nail. With no pressure whatsoever “tickle” the natural nail. Let the electric file do the work for you. Make sure to get up near the cuticle area and sidewalls. You can use the arbor band to push back the cuticles as well.


5. Removing Lift

If there is any lifting around the cuticle area you can use a medium carbide or diamond bit to cut a line just behind the lifted area. Make sure to be gentle as these bits can do damage to the natural nail and must not come in contact with it.


6. Shaping the Nail

Using an over-grip, slightly adjust your client’s hand so you have a perfect view of the upper arch from the side profile. File the upper arch by keeping the base of the barrel in contact with the free edge, the body in contact with the apex, and the tip in contact with the cuticle area. 


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