04 June 2014

Learning the Lingo - Nail file

Hi loves! Welcome to a whole new series of posts called Learning the Lingo! In this series I will talk about products you might use maintaining your nails and such, what my favorite product is in that category and to keep it fun and to learn something, I'll tell you the Dutch word for it too :-D! I hope you enjoy this post, let's get started with today's subject.

Nail file (wiki quote) - A nail file is a tool used to gently grind down and shape the edges of nails. They are often used in manicures and pedicures after the nail has been trimmed using appropriate nail clippers. Nail files may either be emery boards, ceramic, glass, crystal, plain metal files or metal files coated with corundum (sapphire).

The Dutch word for nail file is nagelvijl. That doesn't look too different, right?

When choosing a nail file you might want to take a few things into consideration. Do you use it to take down length or to shape your nails? Is it meant for your fingers or your toes? And do you wear acrylics or gels, or are you using it for your natural nails? Most people don't "approve" metal files since they are usual very harsh and have a low grit. The lower the grit, the more abrasive the file is on your nails. High grit files are great for shaping and smoothing the nail edge, but can be a pain in the butt to use to take down length.

Glass files are the most common choice when you want something smooth and long lasting. Cheap files often have a layer of grit sprayed on the glass file, quality glass files actually are gritty themselves making them more long lasting.

My favorite nail file comes from Mont Bleu and it's made from glass. If you treat it well it will most likely last you a lifetime and glass isn't too harsh on your nails. The only maintenance it needs is a good wash every once in a while.

What's the word for nail file in your language? Tell me in the comments!


  1. It's very different in Russian :) пилка для ногтей!

  2. In English it's like you said, nail file. I use the thin foam sticks with the sandpaper finish. The look like giant emery boards but you can choose the grit size. I use the one called Red Rooster (I can't remember the exact name of it) to take down length fast and the ASP brand 600/4,000/12,000 to finish the edges and buff. I have a crystal file too, but I don't like the way it feels using it, like nails on a chalkboard, it is hard and feels like it pulls and I cringe at the feeling. I use it sometimes since it is good for keeping in my purse for emergencies and in the car.

  3. Raquel_9mlUniverse05 June, 2014 04:17

    Lima de unhas in portuguese, or lima, for short. xD
    I used to have a glass file from Kiko that I really loved to use to shape my nails, but I dropped it on the floor one day and broke it... :S Now I'm using one from the brand Kinetics, it comes on a foam stick too, two sided, and so far I'm really liking the results I'm getting with it.

  4. Виктория Артамонова05 June, 2014 06:02

    Haha, I love your idea to find out about the different lanquages )
    In Russian it is "pilka dlya nogtey" ("пилка для ногтей" in Cyrillic letters), "nogti" means "nails".

  5. In german it's called "Nagelfeile", but there are a lot of girls who write "Nagelpfeile" with a P in the middle (which translates to "nail darts", which makes absolutely no sense), and I really hate to read that...

  6. In Polish, nail file is "pilniczek do paznokci" meaning literally a file for the nails. Sounds almost as nice as the Dutch version:)

  7. Virginie Wicke05 June, 2014 16:34

    In France, we call it a "Lime à ongles" ;) So glad you finally do this post! :)

  8. It is LIMA PER UNGHIE in Italien.


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