As a professional nail tech, understanding the differences between nail file grits is so important to provide the best possible service to your clients. Nail files come in a range of grits, which refer to the coarseness of the file. In this blog post, we will look at the differences between four common nail file grits: 100, 150, 180, and 240. We sell all grits of nail file and our most popular grit sold is 150.
100 Grit Nail File
A 100 grit nail file is the coarsest of the grits mentioned in this post. It is typically used to quickly remove the length or bulk of nail enhancements. Because of its coarse texture, it can be too harsh on natural nails and can cause damage if not used correctly. It is not recommended for use on natural nails for this reason.
150 Grit Nail File
A 150 grit nail file is a medium-coarse file that is suitable for again removing bulk and length on nail enhancements, but t is still too harsh for any use on natural nails. It is not as harsh as a 100 grit file, but it is still coarse enough to remove length and shape the nail quickly. This grit is my go to for shaping a newly applied acrylic or acrygel enhancement, infills, removal and for taking gel polish from over acrylic. I wouldn’t use this grit on a brush on builder for example, as it tends to be a softer to file product.
180 Grit Nail File
An 180 grit nail file is a medium grit file that is suitable for shaping the natural free edge and taking down length. It is less coarse than a 150 grit file and is a good all round file grit for refining nail enhancements. It is soft enough a grit for new techs to use to get used to filing, I start all my beginners on this file. It is a great choice for filing the sidewalls of enhancements, and refining product around the cuticle area and smoothing out any roughness. This is my go to grit for refining of any brush on builder gel products.
240 Grit Nail File
A 240 grit nail file is one the finest of the grits available. It is a fine grit file that is ideal for smoothing the nail surface and removing any remaining roughness. It is also great for preparing the natural nail for enhancements. It is the ideal grit to refine the natural free edge. This grit is gentle enough to be used on natural nails, making it suitable to give or retail to clients.
In conclusion, understanding the differences between nail file grits is crucial for providing quality nail services. As a professional nail technician, it is essential to have a range of grits available to accommodate the needs of your clients. A 100 grit file is best suited for removing acrylic bulk, while a 240 grit file is ideal for preparing natural nails. A 150 grit file is suitable for shaping and refining acrylic or acrygel, while an 180 grit file is ideal for shaping and smoothing and further refining.
I hope this helps! Rachael.