Types of Emery Boards

Every woman has used emery boards at least once in her life, but not everyone knows about different types of emery boards, what differences are there among them and what the right way to use emery boards is.

First of all, emery boards differ by hardness of the material they are created from. Hardness of the board is measured in grits and called abrasive. The more grits there are on emery boards, the smaller is dust and therefore, board is softer for nails. For example, if it says 180-240 on you emery boards this means that one of the sides has abrasive of 180 grits on one square centimeter of the board surface. This side can be used for treatment of strong natural nails, and the other side has abrasive of 240 grits which makes it much softer and usable for fragile gel nails.

So emery boards that have abrasive hardness in the range of 100-180 grits are safe for fake nails treatment, and those that are made with 180-240 grits abrasive can be easily used on natural nails. There are emery boards that have abrasive 240-500 grits – they are used for hard nail polish. Glazing of gel nails is made with emery boards 1000 grits abrasive.

Emery boards also differ by materials they are made from. The most common are metal boards, while beauty companies came out with bohemian glass emery boards. These boards are not worn out for a long time, they are easy to wash and take care of, plus unlike the metal boards glass emery boards don’t injure nail structure. This quality makes them be much more expensive and safer for natural nails.

Nowadays the most popular emery boards are paper based boards with emery dust. They are comfortable for using in natural and fake nails treatment – you just need to find the correct abrasive. These emery boards are not expensive, but they are good only for individual usage because such boards should be washed more often than metallic and glass ones.

There are also corundum boards that are similar to emery boards in qualities and price range. The name comes from the Sanskrit word for ruby and those boards are more durable than emery boards.

Ceramic emery boards are useful for shaping the nails, besides; you can use them for removing rough skin around the nail. Polishing nails can be achieved with emery boards covered not only with emery, but also with leather, rubber and lambskin.


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