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!