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.

A lot of experienced nail techs are loyal hand-filers, preferring the increased control and touch of hand files over the speed of an e-file. And many worry about the learning curve of an e-file and are afraid of the damage they could possibly do to a natural nail with ramped up RPMs and a new snazzy Swiss carbide bit. But in reality, with the wealth of information and education in the nail industry today, there is no reason that a fully trained e-file user would be any more dangerous than your average careless hand-filer.


Manufacturers are making e-files today with lighter weights and less vibration than ever, so together with proper training and classes, which can be found at most beauty shows and nail networking events, nail techs are using their e-files for more aspects of the nail service than ever before.

Use these practical tips from experienced e-file users to help stay on top of your electric file game.


Robert Munkel a.k.a. The Drill Sergeant
Zaida of London Hair
Salt Lake City

 1. Cleaning Between Toes

I use this cone bit to clean between the toes at an RPM of 10,000. I use even pressure and am sure to keep the handpiece moving so I don’t stay in one spot as that would cause heat build-up. Also I use this bit to target the cracks in the heel and the crease underneath the big toe. Remember to use the coarse bit first to remove the bulk and then the fine bit after to really smooth the skin when finished.



2. Cleaning Toe Cuticles

I use this B3 bit to clean the cuticle from the toenails after I push it back with a cuticle pusher. I use very little pressure when doing this to avoid heat and I let the bit do the work. Remember to move the handpiece and not stay in one spot.


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A pusher, as its name implies, is used to push back excess cuticle growth; the spoon end is used to push back cuticle.
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