A nail files are the basic tools of every nail stylist as well as you can find it in every woman's cosmetic bag and bathroom. We use the file to give the desired nail shape, shorten them, and prepare the nail plate for gel polish removal or application. Nail files vary in size, shape, and gradation. Depending on its type, we use the file for a different purpose and for a different type of nails. We need to remember that not all women have strong nails; some of them complain that their nails have tendency to cracking up. You will require special care when styling with nail file.
When choosing a nail file, we should pay special attention to its gradation (graininess). Coarse nail files (80 and 100 grit) are used when shaping tips. You have to handle them carefully because they can easily damage the nail plate. Medium gradation (between 100 and 180) are the most universal nail files. They are used to shape the nails to the desired way. There are also fine-grained files dedicated to finish your natural nails manicure. Nail sanding block, or a polisher, which is perfect for levelling and matting the nail plate. Nail files also come in a wide variety of shapes. The straight files are the most popular ones in commercial use but for the gel nail polish, banana-shaped and rounded (harbour-bridge) ones are definitely more convenient. There are still so-called boat files, that are wider in the middle.
You need to remember that nail files can only be used once. We never use the same nail file for more than one client. Each time we should use a new file, and after use, we throw it into the waste bin (or we can give it to the client to use at home). Therefore, make sure you are always have a large supply of files in your salon.