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Let’s Talk Glass Nail Files

By on April 4, 2007
in Nail Treatments

Have you ever stood at a beauty supply, like Sally’s, staring at the bins of nail files and buffers and been completely confused? I know I have. What is the purpose of so many different grit levels? And all the different shapes… curved, angle, straight, blocks, etc. A girl could go crazy.

What I’ve come to find is that the best thing for your nails is an extremely fine grit. Anything else leaves the nail edge jagged and vulnerable to splitting, peeling and water damage. In my opinion, the best thing you can do for your nails is to buy a glass nail file. Glass, not crystal. Crystal files are made of stone and over time they can erode and become too rough. When I was in my teens I bought one of those miracle nail care sets from a pushy mall kiosk. It included a crystal file and after a few years it had broken into 4 pieces and left my nails jagged.
What are the benefits of a glass nail file? They are long lasting and easily washed and sanitized. They seal the nail edge to prevent splitting and peeling. They’re made of tempered glass to prevent breakage.
So, where can you find a glass nail file? If you’re an online shopper, I highly recommend Euro Expo 3000 files. They are so inexpensive and come in a variety of sizes. I have small ones to carry in my purse and a couple larger ones at home. They ship fast and include carrying cases.
If you want immediate gratification, check out La Cross by Sally Hansen at drugstores, Swissco at Sally Beauty, or the Sephora brand files at Sephora stores.
As with any type of nail file, you should always file in one direction and avoid filing the sides of your nails.
Who else has converted over to glass files? Got a brand to recommend? Share your testimonials.
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  1. Datura Rose says:

    My Nail Tek file is finer than the Swissco one I had. I also broke the Swissco one by laying on it.

  2. tigra1411 says:

    I m a big fan of glass files as well. My nails got better since I use them. I just buy no name files in German famacies – anything works the same! For the names I may mention a world-wide German company “Zwillinge” – “Twins” – they produce kitchen knifes and manicure tooles.

  3. Debbie says:

    Missed this post back in March. I use a Ruby and Millie glass file and my previously weak, peeling and flaking nails are now like steel. Read an article today (22 April) on a national newspapers website by the lady from Jessica recommending only using those nasty gritty cardboard backed files and insisting never never use crystal, metal or glass!! nearly broke all my nails typing in defence of glass files I was in such shock!

  4. candace says:

    i love the 7 sided ones and the crystal files! they are the best! my husband just broke my crystal one bc i left it in the bed lol

  5. Jena says:

    I love glass nail files too! My favourite brand is Aveniro, their files have beautiful design and are chemically etched so they last forever. I have one with Swarovski crystal and it’s so beautiful. :) You can check them out at