The Dos & Don’ts of Nail Buffing

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Nail buffing: To Buff or not to buff?

Regardless of how long you’ve been getting your nails done or have been doing nails, you have likely come across this question from time to time. This is one question that has sparked debate across the nail industry for some time. For the longest time, nail buffing has been a favorite debate topic amongs nail technician and nail entusiants. So, today we are going to try to settle the score once and for all… Is it really neccessary to buff those nails?

We found this great video by our good friend, Susie at Nail Career Education. Susie calls in an expert to provide a humorous yet thorough explanation to when, why, and how it is okay to buff natural nails for nail enhancement. In her video she also discussed what are the do’s and dont’s when it comes to nail buffing.

Here’s what we discovered…

  • Nail enhancement products will adhere better to the surface of the nail plate when nails are clean, dry, and slightly filed after natural nail buffing. Nail products sticks and last longer in buffed nails than those that are not buffed. If you wish for your nail products to stay longer in your nails then nail buffing is for you.
  • Never buff acrylic nails or natural nails aggressively.  Nail buffing can bring harm and stress to your nails if done incorrectly. To avoid any long term damage to your nail and nail bed you should buff gently.
  • OVER-nail buffing is a thing… and it can severely weaken nail beds! As stated above over-buffing and buffing agressively can bring hard to one’s nail bed.
  • Modern nail enhancement products still adhere well to nail plates, without the need for over-nail buffing or filing. If nail buffing is a big No-No then opting to nail products that still sticks to natural nails is the only way. There are nail products that will still stick to the nails even without buffing. There are several nail salons too that offer those products and dervices.
  • Keep nail plates strong! Nail buffing is one of the best way to keep those nail plates strong.  If done correctly nail buffing can help you maintain your nails and nail plates healthy and strong.
  • Nail buffing can improve blood circulations. Buffing those nails gently will improve the blood circulation underneath the nail bed. Poor cirulation in the nail bed will result in poor nail growth. Buffing can increase the growth of the nails.
  • Removes discolaration. One of those best way to smoothen out and avoid nail discoloration is buffing.

There you have it… The truth comes out. It is okay to buff natural nails and to buff acrylic nails, as long as you take it slow and avoid OVER-filing or OVER-buffing nails. (And who knew OVER-buffing nails actually caused a condition?) Do not be afraid to buff those nails because buffing them has positive and good results too.

So, if you want to try nail buffing on your own, you can purchase a soft nail buffer at any department store or on Amazon. Most nail buffers come in a rectangular-cube shape with four different surface areas for natural nail buffing and an acrylic nail buffer. Finding the correct nail buffing tools should be easy.

What do you think? Is it okay to buff natural nails? Which do you think is more effective and effecient way to stick those nail products? Tell us your opinion in the comment box below. Be sure to also share this with your friends!

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