The Dos & Don’ts of Nail Buffing

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To buff the nails 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. So, today we are going to try to settle the score once and for all…

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.

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
  • Never buff acrylic nails or natural nails aggressively
  • OVER-nail buffing is a thing… and it can severely weaken nail beds!
  • Modern nail enhancement products still adhere well to nail plates, without the need for over-nail buffing or filing
  • Keep nail plates strong!

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?)

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.

What do you think? Is it okay to buff natural nails? Tell us your opinion in the comment box below. Be sure to also share this with your friends!