The crystal nail file was invented in Switzerland in the mid 20th century. The Czech Republic is renowned as a producer of finely made crystal files. Crystal nail files are made of tempered glass that is uniformly roughened through an acid etch or sandblasting. It takes only a few moments to shape nails with a crystal file.Continue Reading
Traditional cardboard files are rough on nails and may shed layers of keratin and thin the nail, making it prone to chipping and breaking. To avoid this, nails are filed in one direction only. Crystal files seal the layers of keratin during the shaping process, eliminating the need to file in one direction. A crystal file can be used on natural and artificial nails. When shaping artificial nails, dip the crystal file in water before use and also periodically throughout the shaping process to keep filings from building up.
Between uses, wash your crystal file with soap and water and a scrub brush to remove nail debris. Beauty supply stores sell sterilizing sprays for use after washing.
Crystal files are prone to breakage. Always store your crystal file in its original case. Discontinue using a crystal file that is chipped or otherwise damaged. Children should only use crystal nail files under adult supervision.
Use an emery board or nail file to file your nails in a square shape. Start by filing the end of your nail straight across to the create the top line of the square. As you transition to the sides of your nails, do not round the edges. Use the file to remove a harsh edge, but leave a corner on the left and right.Full Answer >
To use manicuring tools, each needs to be used for its intended function: clippers trim the nail length, a nail file shapes the nail, cuticle clippers trim the cuticles and a cuticle pusher removes dirt under the nails and pushes the cuticles back. Nails should be dry when clipped or filed to prevent splitting.Full Answer >
To do a French manicure, clip, file and soak the nails, apply moisturizer, apply a base coat, paint the nail tips white, and dry the nails. This 45-minute process requires nail clippers, a file, oil, water, a bowl, a towel, an orange stick, lotion, exfoliant, cuticle cream and nail polish.Full Answer >
To whiten your nails, remove all nail polish, and buff your nails with a nail file. Use a nail brush to apply whitening toothpaste to the nail surface, and scrub each nail to whiten them. Rinse the toothpaste off your nails to complete the process.Full Answer >