Nail Buffers: Electric Vs Manual

This article will describe various manual and electric nails buffers as well as some positives and negatives associated with each type.

Nail buffers are used to polish and shine the surface area of your nails. In this article, we will discuss electric versus manual nail buffers. Electric buffers use electricity while manual nail buffers use the force produced from your hand to affect the surface of your nail.

Manual nail buffers look like thick nail files. They can be used on real or fake nail surfaces. These manual nail buffers smooth and shine your nails to a beautiful, high gloss finish instantly.

Soft, friction-free padded buffers are two-sided and are used for smoothing, scratch elimination, and oil buffing. With oil buffing, you want to place a drop of Solar oil onto the nail, massage it in gently with your fingertips, and buff lightly with the ultra fine surface of the nail buffer.

There are extra thick manual nail buffers that are designed to quickly reduce the thickness of your nail and smooth it. These rough surfaces should be used mainly for artificial, or acrylic, nails. The medium side of a buffer can be used for rebalancing preparation. The fine side is good for smoothing and surface refinement.

Another type of manual nail buffer is a thick, rectangular-like block that appears similar to Styrofoam. It is a clean white buffer on a foam block. It is made for firm control and refining. The white buffer block will remove surface scratches. It can also be used with nail buffing on artificial nails. The black side has a grit or coarseness of 360 and goes up to 1200 on the gray side. The black side will file away any roughness that is present on the nail plate surface; then the white side will smooth it even more. The gray side buffs the nail plate to a high shine.

Three-way buffers are similar to the padded buffers. They are three-way smoothers and shiners. You start with the coarsest side and work your way to the finest side. It provides your nails with a healthy gloss shine with no need for oil or buffing powder. Some buffers even come in extra thick versions of the three-way buffers. They refine the nail surface to a high gloss and a lasting shine.

Electric nail buffers usually encompass detachable buffers with varying rough or fine surfaces. High quality electric nail buffers with beautify and stimulate your nails. Buffing not only gives nails attractive shine, but will also stimulate blood circulation to the base of the nail and encourage healthy nail growth. They will also smooth out nail ridges, reduce the risk of your nail snagging on clothing, and prepares nails for a shinier and longer lasting manicure. Nail buffers can also polish the surface of your nails for a shiny and natural pink glow.

Electric nail buffers offer a more professional and even buffing of the nail. Electric buffers move at higher speeds than you can do manually; thus it will be quicker to buff your nails using this type of buffer. Manual nail buffers can give similar results comparable to the electric ones, but electric buffers offer the added benefits mentioned above. Manual nail buffers, however, are less expensive, but electric nail buffers should last longer as you will not have to replace them as often.

Nail buffers should be used on dry, bare, clean nails. You can polish using long, energetic back and forth movements. Buff in one direction and try not to do this once a month; buffing too often can wear away the surface of the nail. Never buff too hard or aggressive and if your fingers begin to feel warm, almost as if they are burning, stop. You do not want to do more harm than good. Buffing too much may cause the nail to become too thin and it will tear. Buffing your nails correctly can make your nails shine and if you leave them bare, it will appear as though they have clear polish on them.

Whether you use a manual or electric nail buffer, buffing the wrong way can cause damage; likewise, buffing the correct way can produce beautiful results. Outweigh the negatives and positives of each type of buffer before you decide which one is right for you.

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