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SBS by Jennifer O'Toole

I always use a soft file at the cuticle area for all systems, 180 grit is great and with a curved edge I can also avoid cutting that skin but also this allows me to get really close, which is great for when I’m working on Acrylic or Gel.

I use Crystal Nails Extreme 180 grit green File. The Extreme range from Crystal Nails is great as the grit tends to last longer. I always spray them with a quick-drying antiseptic spray to keep them clean. But in the current pandemic, it’s so important to do this often and change files regularly.


I find it’s good to have a thin metal file or even a thin wooden file for when you need to get under a corner, thicker wider files aren’t always good for this.

It’s important to look for signs of wear such as thinning and discoloring at the edge. This will help prevent Repetitive Strain Injury. Using old files that once had a stronger grit such as 150 for a job that requires 180 isn’t always what it seems. You might think that you’re using a softer file, but really there isn’t much grit left at all and you’ll just end up filing all day, and your client will be feeling the heat!

A good buffer is key for shaving off time and is essential for achieving a perfectly even surface. For this, I use Crystal Nails Iron X buffer 100/180 grit.


Using the stronger 100 side to even out my surface and finish with the softer grit to smooth over. The best bit is that it doesn’t lose its shape so it lasts and lasts compared to a standard white block buffer which tends to tear and lose its edges quickly. This can be washed as it’s waterproof which is perfect.


Jennifer O'Toole

Crystal Nails Educator

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