Is it OK to file the nails back and forth?

January 19, 2013

I’ve read that you should never file your nails back and forth because it can damage the nails, causing them to split and crack. I’ve also read that this is a myth and it’s fine to file back and forth. Which is it?


If you’re filing down the natural nail, it’s OK to file back and forth using a 240-grit file. Once you’ve filed it down, “seal” and smooth the edge of the nail by using a shiner buffer and gently “file” from one edge to the other. This technique will prevent splitting and cracking. 

—  Alisha Rimando Botero is the executive vice president and creative director for Artistic Nail Design.

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