This is a tip I actually picked up while eavesdropping on a Twitter conversation. One… twitterer… was complimenting another on her perfectly rounded nail shape. The one with the perfect nails laughed, and said, “Really? I just clip them into a a triangle, then file them round.”
A flashbulb went off for me.Â I have been just-clipping my nails for years.Â I hate the sound of filing, and when I’m trying to reduce length (say, because my nails are too long for me to take out my contacts), it takes too long to file them down.Â I also lack the artistic vision to file them into an attractive shape. So I’d grow-grow-grow, then end up clipping them down to nubbins and starting over.
But a combination clip-and-file has revolutionized the way I shape my nails. Now, when I want to reduce length, I clip, just once, straight across the nail. Then I round the edges into my preferred squoval. I don’t have to lose all my length, and it’s much, much easier to achieve my preferred shape.
Bonus Discussion: The Glass Nail File
On the recommendation of several nail experts, I impulse-purchased a glass (or crystal) nail file. I happened to buy Essie’s, which is double-sided and costs $10 at Ulta.
I’ve heard a lot of things about glass files: you can sterilize them, they “seal” the edge of your nails to keep them from splitting, they never wear out, you don’t have to file in only one direction, etc.
My new file is not sealing the edge of my nails, but it is a really nice, quick, effective file. I’m still filing in only one direction (rather than sawing back and forth), because that’s what the box said to do.Â And maybe it’s all in my head, but the sound of filing doesn’t seem to be quite as bad.