You’ve probably heard of nail clipping, but you’ve probably never heard of nail buffing. It files your nails with a buffer board, ensuring that they are healthy, robust, and shiny for a long time.
We sometimes ignore chipped or broken nails in the hopes that they will heal on their own. However, doing so would simply aggravate your nail problems. So go out and buy a nice buffer board and get to work right now!
The process of buffing your nails with a fine-grit buffer board is known as nail buffing. This gives your nails a more uniform and lustrous appearance as it is a part of your nail care service.
A nail buffer block is useful for more than just buffing. These handy tiny blocks double as many tools. File, buff, polish, and shine are the four sides of a nail buffer.
They’re frequently labelled with numbers so you know which side to use for each stage. If they aren’t, start with the coarsest side and work your way to the smoothest.
If you haven’t already done so, file the tops and sides of your nails to the desired length and shape with the coarse side of your nail buffer block. Never file the nail back and forth, as this can cause damage.
The buffing stage follows, which removes ridges and smooths the surface of your nails. (Note: vertical nail ridges are common, but they should be monitored because they can indicate vitamin deficiency or other health problems.)
Hold the buffing side parallel to your nail and stroke it across each nail in an X form to buff your nails. Buffing your nails side to side might dry out your nails and cause damage.
Use the polish side once you’ve completed polishing your nails. This has a finer grit, which will eliminate any missing defects and make your nails even smoother.
Polish your nails with four to six X strokes, similar to the buffing stage.
It’s finally time to make your nails shine. Apply tiny circular motions to your nails with the smooth side of your nail buffing block to give them that healthy, shiny appearance. Your nails will be silky smooth to the touch and have a beautiful gloss.
When you’re done, apply a little cuticle oil to your nails and fingertips to nourish and moisturize them.
Buffing from side to side will generate heat and cause the nails to dry. Dryness can cause nail cracking and peeling.
If you press down too hard on the buffer, you risk damaging the matrix and affecting future nail growth.
You should buff your nails around once a month, but if your nails aren’t tough, or if you frequently wear coloured nail lacquer and don’t require the extra shine on your nails, you can go longer between buffings.
Shape your nails using a nail file to prepare them. Remove any rough or uneven edges with a file. (You may want to cut them first if they’re particularly long).
Wrap a triangle cosmetic sponge in a strip of 600-grit sandpaper. For each fingernail, rub the sandpaper back and forth for three to five seconds. The fine-grit sandpaper improves gloss and removes ridges from your nails.
Wrap a piece of velvet around a cotton ball and buff each fingernail after the sandpaper treatment. The velvet’s short pile continues the smoothing process that the fine-grit sandpaper began.
Salons use special oils and creams on cuticles and fingernails to maintain the skin and keep the nails shiny. Use olive or almond oil instead, which hasn’t been diluted with water or alcohol. Apply the oil after you’ve completed polishing with the fine-grit sandpaper and the velvet.
As you may know, buffing nails is an important step in achieving beautiful nails; without it, no manicure is complete.
It’s important not to go too deep when polishing. If you buff your nails too hard, they will become thin and feeble.
You may buff your nails to a high shine without using a buffer by using chamois, denim, flannel, or plain paper.
So share your buffing experience with us and how you went on about it!