What is polishing the nail?

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Hi it's Romane, I'll be back today to explain what 'polish the nail' means.

You have already heard about it in the preparation stages of applying semi-permanent varnish, or simply seen in tutorials that we use a polisher. But what is the purpose of polishing your nail?

How do you polish your nail? Can my nail be damaged? What should I polish my nails with? I tell you everything 😌

Polishing your nail occurs at several points in your daily life.

1. when you prepare your nail for varnish application , classic, semi-permanent or even false nail application. This polishing removes the thin greasy layer from the nail, smoothes your nail, erases the rough edges which will then lead to better grip of the material. This polish will mattify the nail.

2. When you remove your varnish , it is always a good idea to pass the polisher gently over the surface of your nail, this removes any excess varnish or glue left after removal, and makes the nail shine. Then the applied nourishing oil will penetrate even better.

3. Between two manicures , when your nail is resting, you can polish it once a week to make it shiny.

It is a key step in the preparation and maintenance of the nail, what does it consist of?

First of all, you should know that there are different polisher grits, from very fine to coarse and thick, and the results are different.

The coarse grain (thick grain) used almost to file the edge of the nail, give the shape of the nail and to reduce bumps or hollows on the surface of the nail.

The medium grain is really used to smooth, polish and mattify the nail. It is this polisher which must be used before applying a semi-permanent varnish , it will remove anything which will hinder the adhesion of the varnish. Often called the polishing stage, it can be considered a misnomer. It is at this stage of nail preparation that you eliminate nail imperfections and give it better adhesion, for a varnish that lasts longer.

The fine grain to polish your nail, making it smooth and shiny. The extra-fine grain , almost smooth for total shine of the nail. These two polishers are to be used between two manicures or after removal.

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Start by filing your nails (in one direction) and giving them the desired shape, with the coarse grain of the polisher or a 100/180 grit nail file.

To remove imperfections from your nails before application, with the medium abrasive part (medium grain) of your polisher , make regular X-shaped movements parallel to your nail. This will eliminate streaks and hard areas.

Do not press too hard, over-polishing your nails may weaken them. To prevent this, only give 6 to 8 strokes with the polisher.

To polish your nails after removal or for daily maintenance, opt for fine grain, perform the same movements as before but with the finer side of your polisher, 4 to 6 strokes are sufficient. This step stimulates blood circulation and promotes growth.

Shine your nails , with the smooth side of the polisher, shine your nails by making small circular movements over the entire surface of the nail. The center and edges of the nail plate are all important for having a nice, shiny nail.

These tips apply to both fingernails and toenails .

Your nails are fine, ready to receive varnish or take a break for a few days!


Does polishing damage your nails?

Done well, polishing is an excellent ally for nail maintenance, it promotes blood circulation and nail growth. It is decisive for the preparation of the varnish application as mentioned above.

Like any mechanical action on your nail, movements that are too strong, or in the wrong direction, can weaken your nail. This is why we explain to you how to do it, and that at the slightest pain, stop the movement, or press less forcefully on your nail.

Which polisher used?

A 4in1 polisher, i.e. a polisher with 4 sides: one for filing, one for polishing, one for buffing and one for shining.

OR different polishers with coarse, medium and fine grits depending on your needs.

It all depends on your use, and if you are looking for a polisher to prepare your nails before applying semi-permanent varnish, it's here 👉

Now you know what polishing a nail is, and a little more. To you polishers!

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