Filing an Acrylic Nail

This video covers the filing of the acrylic nail, and how to safely file the nail near the cuticle area, avoid over-filing the stress point and getting the nail ready for the gel top coat

The next stage is to file this nail. There is not a right or wrong order to file in, but I do have a set sequence that I tend to stick to.

I start off with my free edge and this nail is going to be square so we're going to keep that angle nice and square, Then I move on to my side walls, making sure I go right underneath.  If you've pinched the nail it shouldn't need too much filing at this point, and then I file in exactly the same order that I applied my acrylic in.  So we're going to file zone one first,  zone two and then zone three. Nice, long strokes, not short ones like this, nice long ones, turning the client's finger all the time. 

 Moving on to zone two, this is your stress point so don't file it too flat, it does need to have a slight arc on it, and onto zone three and this is where I'm very careful because this is where the acrylic meets natural nail. So, as you can see I'm being a lot softer with the file, a lot more gentle so I don't cause any damage down there with the cuticle.  I angle my file slightly so that it's not flat and it's not going to touch skin and make sure you get right down those side walls.  Checking the nail from the side angle to check that the arch is in place and checking the nail down the barrel of the nail to check that the apex is nice and the thickness is nice. If you're wondering how thick a salon nail should be, you should be thinking about credit card thickness. Make sure if you've got any frills underneath the nail you give them a flick out, take the corners off your sharpness of your square tips we don't want any clients going and scratching the kids when they get home.  Get rid of your dust from that nail, make sure you get underneath as well and that nail's now ready for a gel top coat.