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How do I Choose the Best Crystal Nail File?

By Tameka McSpadden
Updated May 21, 2024
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When deciding which crystal nail file is best, the health of the nail and the intended use should be taken into consideration. A nail file with a finer grit is typically best for nails that damage easily, while a coarse grit is usually good for strong nails. Choosing a double crystal nail file with pumice may be the best way to get maximum use out of the new nail file; the pumice on the alternate side of the crystal nail file is made with a coarser grit, giving the crystal nail file more versatility. Nail files made using recycled crystal with pumices tend to be expensive, but quality crystal files can often be used for years.

Crystal nail files generally are best for use on natural nails. The finer grit on a crystal file helps to reduce the chances of tearing or scratching during use. Individuals with fragile nails and nail health problems generally benefit more from higher quality crystal nail files, such as those made from glass. Purchasing a crystal file that also has a coarse pumice on one side allows for shaping using the coarse grit and finishing with the fine grit of the crystal on the other side.

To determine which nail file has the finest grit level for shaping, the buyer should look for a number level. Crystal files with a higher number have a finer grit, making them perfect for delicate work. Lower numbers are coarser grits, which are usually best for filing stronger nails, callouses, and heals.

Choosing a durable crystal file can help ensure the file will last for several years. Crystal files are made using recycled crystals of various qualities. The finest crystal nail files are made of glass, while more affordable options are often created using recycled garnet. Professional beauty supply stores usually offer the widest selection of recycled crystal files.

Sanitation problems can also be avoided through the use of crystal nail files. Metallic nail files can be difficult to clean, and it is nearly impossible to clean cardboard nail files. Crystal files typically are easier to clean and can be sanitized with hot water or alcohol after or before use. The ability to quickly sanitize crystal files make them perfect for professionals who wish to reuse nail files without risking the spread of nail fungus.

Using recently sanitized nail files during pedicures can greatly reduce the chance of many blood infections as well. This additional protection makes files made with crystal a popular choice with diabetics. Medical professionals encourage diabetic patients who experience unexpected foot bleeding to use regularly sanitized files made of crystal for foot care.

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Discussion Comments

By anon991992 — On Aug 04, 2015

Mont Bleu nail files are top of the line glass files from the Czech Republic. They are great glass nail files that you can buy online and really save you good money! I have read so many reviews about them and that is really what made my mind up!

By anon991928 — On Jul 30, 2015

To Rundocure. They do make nails more healthy, I suggest you try one on you splitting nails. Just start slowly filing, your nails will be in shape in no time.

A lot of information and reviews telling Mont Bleu glass nail files are great. They have a PRO nail file that has rough side for artificial nails and for taking the length faster on natural ones.

By anon991333 — On Jun 12, 2015

The same with me! My nails looked terrible but switching to a glass nail file solved all the problems. I haven't tried the Aveniro files yet but I think that I'll try one if its surface really does not wear off.

By anon990385 — On Apr 19, 2015

I have a great experience with the crystal nail file Aveniro, which is made of the Bohemian crystal in the Czech Republic. I also used to have problems with splitting nails before, but after using the glass nail file they all disappeared. If you want my advice, you should really invest into this and look for the quality.

For example, the file Aveniro that I am using has a specific way of production, which is called acid engraving, and secures that the abrasive surface rests gentle to the nails and does not wear off. That is probably the most important thing, which makes better than other glass nail files. So you should look for this information when you're choosing.

By Heavanet — On Aug 30, 2014

@rundocuri- I have soft nails that damage easily too, and I have found that I can't use files and emery boards that are too coarse. The finish on them catches parts of my nails, and causes them to tear and chip.

Crystal nail files are great for people with delicate fingernails, because they do not have coarse finishes that can be damaging. These files work great for shaping and smoothing your nails.

Though a crystal nail file is not as good as a coarse nail file for shortening your nails, trimming them with scissors or nail clippers then smoothing them out with a crystal file works just as well without snagging or splitting your nails.

By Rundocuri — On Aug 30, 2014

I had never heard of a crystal nail file before reading this article, but it sounds like it may be when I need to correct problems I have been having with my fingernails. Usually I just use emery board to file my nails, and I buy the cheapest ones I can find. My nails have been splitting, so I'm wondering if this could be the cause. Does anyone have experience using crystal nail files, and if so, are they good for nails that split easily?

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