E-Files

Electric Filing Techniques: Working on the Natural Nail

As long as it’s done properly and with the right tools, an electric file on the natural nail can be just as safe as a regular nail file.

As long as it’s done properly and with the right tools, an electric file on the natural nail can be just as safe as a regular nail file.

Type of bit to use: Extra-fine diamond, extra-fine sanding band, or silicone

1.  Gently push back the cuticle, exposing any dead excess skin. Then, using the bit along with a drill-friendly oil, remove any ridges and smooth the nail’s texture. The oil helps make contact across the skin so the bit goes nice and smooth around the nail. Use a speed ranging from 2,500-6,000 RPM. Keep the bit flat to the nail. Holding it horizontally, move it from one lateral fold to the other. Remove the dead excess skin by circling over it with the bit.

 

2.  Next, use an extra-fine sanding band along with the drill oil. Hold the bit horizontally going from one lateral fold to the other. Come up on the cuticle, keeping the bit flat.

 

3. Use a cotton buffer along with a buffing cream to buff the nail to a high shine using circular motions. Then, massage cuticle oil into the nail. The nail should stay smooth and shiny until it grows out.



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