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.Know More
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.
To shape nails, use a nail file to file each nail into the desired shape. If the nails are very long, trim them down with a nail clipper before filing.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 >
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 >
Vicks VapoRub can be applied to the nails two times per day for several weeks to help reduce the instances of nail fungus. While studies have not been entirely conclusive, they have shown that Vicks VapoRub has some affect on the nails that have fungus.Full Answer >