Electric nail file
Today we will talk about what is an electric nail file, and whether it will be useful for home care.
What is an electric file for manicure
An electric nail file is another name for a manicure router. If you're used to using a regular nail file, you'll probably be surprised at how effective an electric nail file is and how professionally it finishes your nails.
Electric nail files essentially do all the "dirty" work for you. :) There is no need to file hands on legs and arms for hours with a standard nail file, because a rotating cutter does everything in a matter of minutes. Of course, it will take some time to get used to and understand how the nail cutter works, but in the end you will understand how convenient it is.
Nail salons use electric nail files to shape natural and acrylic nails, and they can also be used to:
- Fix cracks in acrylic
- Treat the surface of the nails to prepare them for extension
- Remove calluses and other hardened areas from hands or feet
- Polish and shine natural nails and fix cuticles
What to consider if you want to buy an electric nail file
Price. When you're looking to buy a beginner nail file, it doesn't make sense to spend huge amounts of money on professional machines if you only plan on using an electric file for basic nail care at home.
Type of nails. Will you use an electric file for your natural nails, for acrylics, or both?
Electric nail files come with a variety of attachments. And the number and quality of nozzles should be chosen based on the type of nails that you plan to treat. They also have different power levels. To process acrylic nails, you will need a router with more power, and they tend to be more expensive.
Power. Pay attention to the number of revolutions of the cutter per minute. You will probably notice that many of the top rated nail files offer a range of 20,000 to 30,000 rpm.
The power range is something you should pay special attention to if you are going to use an electric acrylic nail file a lot. If you only need a power file for natural nails, you can save money by purchasing a less powerful router, such as 10,000 rpm or less.
Frequency of use. If you take a home care router, then most likely you will use it less often compared to manicurists who actively use an electric file every day.
But, if you plan to use your tool several times a week, or even plan to lend it to your girlfriends occasionally, your choice of electric file should reflect this. Cheaper, basic models may not hold up to wear and tear if you're going to be a frequent user.
Wired or cordless electric file. Wired models are always connected to the network and you do not need to worry about the device running out of power in the middle of a manicure. Cordless electric files have a certain time limit during which the battery will be charged. Usually this interval is from one to two hours. Then such devices usually need another couple of hours to fully charge.
This is not a problem if you plan on using the nail file for a few minutes at a time to get a basic manicure. But, if you plan to spend more time processing extended nails, you should give preference to a wired model.
How to use an electric nail file for home manicure
Before using the electric file, you should prepare your nails.
First, clean under your nails. To do this, you can use a special cleaning tool, which is included in most standard manicure kits, or you can use a brush head if your machine comes with one. Be careful when using this attachment so as not to damage the skin of your fingers. Set the speed to the lowest setting and do not push the burr too hard into the skin.
Before starting the procedure, read the instructions and parameters of various cutters and tools.
As a beginner, you should set the drill to the lowest speed until you get the hang of it.
Use the cone nozzle to shorten the nail to the desired length. You can also use this tip to shape your nails.
If your electric nail file comes with a cuticle cone, you can use it to gently exfoliate your skin. If you are still not comfortable doing this yourself, then simply push the cuticles back with a stick by hand.
Finally, buff your nails to smooth the surface and bring out their natural shine. Be careful not to over polish them as this can weaken your nails.
Then unplug the device from the mains, and wipe the drill with a damp cloth. Metal cutters can be cleaned with soap and water, and placed in a disinfectant solution that is safe for metal. But cloth, rubber, and sandpaper are porous, and you should be aware of this and treat them as disposable tools.
An electric nail file is a very useful thing, and with proper use and operation, it can become an indispensable assistant in nail care. :)