How to choose the right nail file?

As we all know, the nail file has different shapes and grits. Given the important role of nail file in nail care, do you know how to choose the right nail file? In this article, we will learn about how to choose the right file shape and grain.

At our Maryton, from the choice of shape to the type of paper used, all our files have been rigorously selected to meet all of your needs and also your own way of working. Thus, you will find a rich assortment of nail files, whether you are a beginner or an experienced technician. Our file is an object designed in several layers, namely a wooden, cardboard, plastic or foam base, covered with more or less abrasive paper depending on the type of use sought.

At our nail supply store online, our professional nail files come in several forms:


It is a thin and quite long nail file. This type of file is ideal for precision work such as filing parallels, shortening the length or for pedicures.

80/100 or 100/180 Grit Double Sides Zebra Manicure Nail Tool Professional Regular Plastic Nail File

Half Moon

This file has two sides: one straight and the other slightly curved. Halfmoon or Half Moon files are highly appreciated by professionals for their versatility and their curved look gives them very good ergonomics. Light and easy to handle, they adapt to all stages of the gel or resin nail application protocol from removal to shaping.

(80/100, 100/180) Quality Double Sided Half Moon Shape Nail Files Mani Tools


It is the largest file: rectangular, wide and robust. Due to their imposing size, these files are perfectly suited to filing, shortening lengths and also the “Diamond” filing technique.

Reusable Double Sides Zebra Professional Jumbo Nail File Manicure Nail Tool


it is used to file the nails over their entire surface. The shape makes it practical to define the area around the cuticles. Its two slightly curved sides as well as its width make it the ideal tool for professional nail technicians, experienced or beginners.

400/3000 Grit Half Moon Type Thick & Soft Durable Shining Buffer

All over the world, nail files are graded by what is called “Grain”. This number simply reflects the abrasion power of the file and indicates the number of “grains” per square centimeter present on the surface of the file.

In this way :

  • If the grit number is high, it means that the grit number on the total surface of the file is large.
  • If the grain number is small, it means that the grain number on the surface is small. The size of the grains is therefore larger: the file is very abrasive.

The grain of your lime

  • Grit 80: Extra strong abrasion. Ideal for depositing the largest gel or resin. Never use on natural nails.
  • Grit 100: Strong abrasion. Ideal for applying gel or shaping resin. Never use on natural nails.
  • 180 grit: Medium abrasion. Ideal for finishing the shaping and correcting the structure of your gel nails.
  • 240 grit: Low abrasion. Ideal for preparing the nail plate
  • 320 grit: Very low abrasion. To roughen surfaces, soften the angles and edges of your diamond filing or erase the biggest scratches made during filing…
  • 600 grit: Extra low abrasion. To gently roughen and remove the smallest imperfections.
  • Top Grain: Polishing

When you receive your files, they are as sharp as knives! To avoid injuring the fragile skin of your clients, you must imperatively “break” the edges of your file with use; simply take another new, clean file and file the edges of the file to be used.

At our store, there are a rich assortment of manicure and pedicure set, where you can get nail products in a low price. So, just have a look!

Read also: Which gel files to use for nail enhancement?

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