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Hey you beautiful people! It’s nice to see you here again reading my latest blog post all about ‘my favourite e-file its’. As well as sharing the bits I love the most, I will also be telling you what I use them for and where you can purchase them. I also have some cheeky discount codes to share so stay tuned and keep on reading to find out more…
These five are my main e-file bits that I don’t actually think I could live without! Like seriously I really don’t. They are such an essential part of my prep work and shaping, so let me go ahead and share with you a little information about them. All the bits mentioned in todays post have a standard shank size of 3/32 which fits most E-file hand pieces. You can save 10% of the Drill bits at glitterplanetuk.com with my code NINJA10 at the checkout stage.
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So this bit is one of my absolute favourites and ever since I discovered it over 4 years ago I never looked back, you can purchase by clicking HERE from Glitter Planet. It’s small and gentle and is extremely thorough in removing cuticle/dead skin from the nail plate. I use this bit for cleaning the nail plate once I have pushed back the Eponychium(cuticle), it really aids me when trying to reach into the side walls and close to the proximal nail fold (Skin). I did actually throw mine away accidentally once when clearing up and I was devastated – I though my world had anded and I definitely didn’t want to do my next client!
2. Large Smooth Top 4XC Carbide Bit
Ok, not gonna lie, this BEAST is INSANE! And I am so SO glad I have this in my kit. It is an absolute blessing to my life!! I use the 4XC bit for removal of acrylic design, and also for removal of 3D work or gel polish over acrylics or hard gel. This bit is DEFINITELY not for the faint hearted and I would NOT recommend to use it on natural nails – You’d cause some serious damage! I use my e-file on a medium speed and tend to remove the main bulk of design work then switching over to the Smooth top ceramic for working close to the cuticle and once the Acrylic has thinned out, because it cuts through product so fast It’s better to be slights cautios and constantly check the thickness of your enhancement. You can buy the 4XC bit HERE.
3. Smooth top Ceramic – Medium
Here is the next bit I want to mention, the Smooth top ceramic bit. This bit I use for shaping around the cuticle area, removing bulk after encapsulation or filing under the free edge. It’s a real great all rounder bit as I also like to use it to refine the shape of my enhancements before I go ahead and finish file with a hand file. The hand files I use are the 100/180 grit fries from Glitter Planet™ and you can buy them here £3.25(exc.VAT) for a 5 pack.
4. Large cone medium Carbide bit
The large cone bit I mainly use for removing any bulk on the nail and reshaping where necessary. I find it really useful and handy to have a variety of bits in my kit to ensure I have the correct tool no matter what the job may be. So even though some bits I use for the same purpose they are very different to work with and also offer other qualities. You can find this particular cone bit here.
5. Round top ceramic bit
The round top ceramic bit has many uses but I in particular like to use it for prep of the natural nail or sealing the cuticle are after my acrylic application. Once you have applied your acrylic you should amino have it as flush as possible at to cuticle are to eliminate any chances of lifting, if however you haven’t quite got it as smooth and flush as you’d like then this bit is great for making that happen. Simply set to a medium speed and run it gently around the cuticle are in order to debut and make to product lay flash. This bit makes that easy because it’s so small it gets right into the required area without getting in the way or catching the skin around the finger. You can buy this bit from Glitter planet ™ buy now.
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Glitter Planet™ also stock the Nail Mate™ Essential E-file collection which includes all of the bits I mentioned above plus 2 more and also a handy case to store your bits.
Includes 7 E-file Bits & Case:
- Large Barrel smooth top Ceramic , Fine
- Round Ceramic bit , Medium
- Small Barrel Smooth Top, Ceramic, Medium
- Cuticle Clean, Carbide
- Large Cone, Carbide , Medium
- Large Barrel smooth top, Carbide, 4XC
- Diamond Bit, Coarse
- Storage Case
- standard shank size 3/32
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The 8 E-File Bits Every Tech Needs
At one time, a tech’s arsenal of electric file, aka e-file, bits was limited to an oversized mandrel and sanding bands, a diamond barrel and maybe a cone for underneath the nail. “Today we have so many incredible choices,” says Suzie Moskal, founder of Suzie’s Nail Career Education and co-owner of Nail District salon in Langford, British Columbia, Canada. Bits are available in a huge variety of shapes designed to accomplish specific tasks during each service. And for each shape there’s a range of materials (carbide, diamond, ceramic and more), sizes, coarseness and even right and left hand versions to consider.Choosing from such a wide selection can be a daunting task, so we asked a few experts to narrow down the field to eight essential bits and provide helpful advice for using each one effectively.
Mandrel and Sanding Bands A mandrel is extremely versatile since sanding bands are available in a variety of grits. “It’s also a natural sanitary choice,” says Moskal, “because you replace the band for every client.” Sanding bands can be used to prep the natural nail, as well as make detailed refinements to finished nails, says Vickie Ornellas, educator for American International Industries.
Prepper Typically a small, long barrel with a very fine diamond grit, this bit makes quick work of cleaning the cuticle area prior to enhancement application. Use this bit on very low speed with gentle pressure to minimize heat and prevent damage, says Allie Baker, global brand ambassador for EzFlow.
Large and Small Carbide Barrels Carbide bits cut rather than grind material away, which reduces friction and heat and makes them a good choice for removing a lot of product. With a medium or coarse grit, a large carbide barrel effectively removes gel and acrylic, and can greatly increase the speed of your services, says Moskal. However, in the hands of an inexperienced tech, it can also do a lot of damage if the bit slips or goes too deep. Moskal advises keeping a good grip on the client and bracing your hand while filing to avoid mistakes. Held vertically, a small barrel is a great tool for quickly removing length or roughly shaping the free edge of enhancements.
Safety Bit Usually a barrel or tapered barrel, safety bits have a rounded top with no carbide teeth. This allows you to work very close to the cuticle without cutting the client. “It’s a necessary bit for maintenance because you can remove lifting without putting lines in the natural nail.” says Greg Salo, president of Young Nails. This bit is also great for shaping acrylic and gel enhancements and removing gel polish— especially if your client has puffy cuticles, says Moskal.
Carbide Bullet The bullet shape is perfect for creating the apex or stress point area, especially for stilettos and ballerina nails, says Sean Phan, educational consultant for American International Industries. For experienced techs and at slower speeds, this bit can also be used to clean around the cuticle area.
Backfill Bit A backfill bit is similar to a barrel bit, but is normally ¼ to ½ times shorter in length. The smaller surface area allows a tech to “trench out” a precise amount of growth around the cuticle area during a backfill service.
Inverted Barrel or Inverted Backfill Bit The circumference of an inverted barrel bit is larger at the tip with sides that angle inward. This slight V-shape allows you to carve the smile line when performing a French fill. In fact, Moskal won’t do a French fill without it. “It shaves off prep time and makes the carved line more accurate,” she says. Use care not to file too deeply and injure the natural nail.
Under the Nail Cleaner (UNC) Diamond dusted or made of carbide, techs usually opt for a UNC in a cone or slender barrel shape. This bit is key for removing dirt, debris and small amounts of product that find their way under the nail enhancement, says Bruce Atwood, president of Atwood Industries. He recommends using this bit on medium to high speed, depending on your experience. —Leslie Henry
What are you’re favorite e-file bits, and why? Tell us in the comments, below.
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This article was first published in the June 2017 issue of NAILPRO.
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Insta-worthy dip nails can't be achieved without Marie Antoinette's favorite nail care tool: the nail file.
As seen on our DIY dip mani tutorials, we use an electric or manual nail file for:
(1) Nail Prep: Set yourself up for success by buffing away your invisible cuticles, and creating a rough nail surface to prevent lifting
(2) Shaping/Buffing: Get your desired nail shape and mani finish by buffing down your dip powder before applying Sealer
In the history of nail polish, we've discovered that Mary E. Cobb was the inventor of the emery board files we’ve grown up seeing in drugstores. Today we're going beyond history. We're talking about the essentials of electric nail drills and the nitty-gritty of manual nail files.
The Essentials of Electric Nail Drills
What is an electric nail drill?
An electric nail drill or e-file is an electric-powered rotary tool used for filing nails or removing nail enhancements. To do specific jobs, a nail drill would need "bits". These coated drill tips come in various grits, materials, sizes, and shapes. You have choices of carbide bits, diamond bits, ceramic bits, among others.
- CARBIDE BITS: For cutting or shaping gel and acrylic nails by shaving off layers of the mani
- DIAMOND BITS: For removing product build-up by scratching off the nail surface
- CERAMIC BITS: For the same purposes but with less friction and heat
How do you use an electric nail drill?
Before you drown yourself in a sea of choices, let's summarize how or when to use each bit in a basic 10-piece set of nail drill bits.
- FLAME BIT: For creating an apex and cleaning around the cuticle area
- NIB BIT: For removing hangnails, gently lifting the eponychium—the nail fold at the base of the nail plate—and other delicate cuticle work
- SAFETY BIT: For doing surface and infill cuticle work, backfill cutting, and shortening
- BALL BIT: For cleaning sidewalls and under the nails and prepping for backfills
- MICRO BALL BIT: For safely removing dead skin and making cuticles and nails clean
- FLAT-END CYLINDER BIT: For removing shine from surface area and side grooves
- NEEDLE / THIN NEEDLE BIT: For filing away residual cured gel or cuticles in hard to reach areas, under the nails, sidewalls, and backfills
- SILICONE BIT: For polishing nail surface to make the nail smoother
- CLEANING BRUSH: For cleaning nail surface and drill bits
A friendly reminder from Sine, Licensed Cosmetologist and DipWell's Community Educator:
"E-files do require some training, learning safety measures, and practice. Proper use of how to use an electric nail drill and the bits safely is especially important to avoid nail damage. If you use an electric nail file and it starts to cause you pain, stop immediately. This should not happen if it is used correctly. You never want to use the e-file on the natural nail. The natural nail should only be filed with a light hand and 180-grit file or higher."
If you're a DIY dip mani newbie, we recommend sticking with manual nail files. But if you're keen to power up your nail care routine with an e-file, we can't stress enough how important it is to learn, learn, and learn some more. Refer to your nail drill's manual. Read up on how to set up electric nail files, including safety tips. You can also head over to YouTube and watch "how to use a nail drill" instructional videos. A thorough understanding of how to operate electric nail drills will prevent damage to your nails and potential trips to your doctor. Always better safe than sorry.
The Nitty-Gritty of Manual Nail Files
What is a manual nail file?
This is the most user-friendly nail file that comes in many forms.
- EMERY BOARDS: The most common manual nail file that's made of cardboard and usually has different grits on its two sides.
- WOODEN NAIL FILES: These are similar to emery boards, but they are made with wood as opposed to cardboard. They are also available in different grits.
- BUFFING BLOCKS: They come in a variety of grits and sizes (regular and mini).
- METAL NAIL FILES: These manual nail files are made of stainless steel and can be a bit harsh for natural nails. They are more suited for nail enhancements.
- SPONGE BOARDS: These are extra thick cushion manual nail files that are made with no paper backing. They are available in a variety of grits and can be sanitized and disinfected.
Choosing the best-for-you manual nail file comes down to what your needs are with the nail file grit as the main criteria.
What is the nail file grit number?
"The file grit number refers to the abrasiveness of the nail file. You want to choose the correct grit nail file so you don’t damage your natural nail bed," says licensed cosmetologist Sine.
How do you know if your nail file has a low or high grit number? Run your finger over the nail file and feel the particles. A low grit nail file is more abrasive, while a high grit nail file is smoother.
She also recommended the guideline below:
- LOW GRIT NUMBER: For artificial nail enhancements
- HIGH GRIT NUMBER: For natural nails
The file grit number starts as low as 80 (coarse) and as high as 1000+ (superfine).
Here's a handy chart to lay this all out.
NAIL FILE GRIT GUIDE
What are the types of manual nail files?
If those file grit numbers seem daunting, don't let them overwhelm you. According to Sine, DipWell's Community Educator, there are four types of nail files a DIY-er like you will need to use.
- COARSE FILES (80-100 grit): For shaping acrylic or gel nail enhancements and filing down thickness and length
These manual nail files have fewer grit particles, hence they are very abrasive manual nail files and not recommended to be used on natural nails.
- MEDIUM GRIT FILES (180 grit): For lightly buffing dip, acrylic, or gel enhancements and for filing the free edge of your natural nails
These nail files are less abrasive because they contain more grit particles. But much like coarse files, they are also not recommended to be used for buffing natural nails.
- FINE GRIT FILES (240-600 grit): For smoothing and finishing work on dip, acrylics, wraps, and gels. They are also great for removing natural oils and invisible cuticles.
These manual nail files are the least abrasive and soft enough to lightly buff the natural nail bed without thinning and causing nail damage.
- EXTRA FINE GRIT FILES (600-2400 grit): For creating high shine on natural nails and nail enhancements, making the nail appear as if top coat has been applied
These nail files will feel smooth to the touch when you run your finger over them. They are also used to prepare the surface of your natural nail for buffing, shining, finishing, and removing ridges and stains.
Electric file vs. manual file: Which DIY nail care tool should you choose?
The truth: you don't really need an e-file. You can get amazing results with just the right manual nail files and buffers. But nail pros and experienced DIYers sure prefer an electric file since it’s a faster way to prep and shape your nails when used correctly, although it does take time to master them.
Now that we've shared both sides of this hot-button topic, tell us...
Are you Team E-file or Team Manual File?
Join the conversation in DipWell's Dipper Club, or connect with us on Instagram via @dipwellnails or our official hashtag #DoYouDipWell. Hope to see you there!
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