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PKMH Nails 101

You may never have learned how to file your nails properly if you get frequent manicures or prefer to use nail clippers instead of a file. Filing your nails keeps them strong and healthy while also giving them the shape you want.

It's easy to file your nails in a wrong manner and make them weaker and jagged.

Let's look at how to file your nails carefully to avoid peeling, cracking, or breaking them.

The only tool you should use to form your nails is a file. You risk chopping off too much length and leaving little room for fine-tuning the form if you cut them. Always file your nails in the same direction, starting on the outside and working your way in. Your nails will tear and peel at the tip if you employ a sawing motion back and forth.

All the professionals would advise you that filing your nails is preferable to cutting them.


Now that we've gotten that out of the way, here are some further nail-care suggestions.

What is the best way to file your nails?

Filing nails gives them the appropriate form and prevents them from breaking or splitting, according to professional manicurists. Make sure your nails are completely dry before filing them, and only file them in one direction. Your work will be cut in half as a result of this. Here are a few more pointers:

● Make use of a fine-grit emery board. If at all possible, stay away from metal files. The grit in glass files is the softest.

● File your nails in a clockwise direction from the outside edge to the center. Adhere to their natural forms.

● To avoid weakening the nail, avoid sawing back and forth.

The rougher the file, the lower the grit number. More grit is beneficial for quickly filing down a nail. Finish the shape with a lighter grit. You're unsure if your nails have been filed appropriately. If the edges of the fabric don't snag and split, you've done an excellent job.

● Keep your cuticles to yourself. Because cuticles protect the nail root, it's crucial to avoid cutting or pushing them back. When you trim or cut your cuticles, bacteria and other germs have an easier time getting inside your body and causing an illness. When you have a nail infection, it might take a long time for it to heal.

● After clipping your nails, moisturize to keep them flexible. This is particularly crucial when the air is dry, as dry nails are more prone to splitting.

● The state of your nails is an indication of your overall health. Consult a dermatologist if you observe a change in the colour, texture, or form of your nails. While some changes are innocuous, others might indicate a disease or illness, such as melanoma or a nail fungus infection.

When it comes to filing or cutting your nails, how often should you do it?

If you don't want your nails to grow longer, you should file them at least once a week. Why? They get stronger and more resistant as a result of it. When your nails go too long, file them down to your fingertips if you don't want to bother with them all the time or if your lifestyle and long nails don't mix. If your nails are particularly long, you might also shorten them a little before filing them. In fact, if you truly want to trim your nails, wait until you've taken a bath or shower, or soaked them in water to soften them. This prevents the nail from splitting.

Make your nails stronger

After filing your nails, bathe your hands in warm water with a few drops of fortifying oil, olive oil, or lemon slices for five minutes. Lemon may be used to clean and strengthen your nails. After that, all you have to do is rinse and dry them, and you're done. Nail development can also be aided by applying a strengthening lotion or olive oil to the nails. Similarly, you may preserve and strengthen your nails by using a high-quality lacquer. And, of course, you should never bite your nails if you want them to be healthy.

FAQs on nail filing

● Nails grow at a rate of 2.5 mm per month, whereas toenails grow at a rate of 1 mm per month.

● Summer nails grow quicker than winter nails.

● When you lose a nail, it takes around six months for it to regrow. Toenails take around a year to grow.

● The water that is absorbed by the nails is more than that absorbed by the skin.

● If you consume gelatin or apply it to your nails, they will not grow quicker.

● Brittle, fragile, split, discoloured, or stained nails may indicate a health issue or a nutritional shortage.


Nail grooming is a simple yet crucial form of self-care. Short, well-kept nails are not only attractive, but they are also less prone to trap dirt and germs, which can lead to illness.

Follow the guidelines we at #pkmhrecommend for healthy nail trimming & growth.

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Note: The recommendations mentioned in the article are generic in nature. Incase you‘d like a skin or a beauty related consultation, reach out to us on email.

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