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Offline J.W.C.

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RH Fingernails
« on: August 25, 2020, 05:01:52 am »
Don't cut your fingernails with clippers. Always file them down, instead. Your nails will be MUCH stronger.

Almost two years ago I stopped using nail clippers entirely, and switched to only using glass files (and those fine grit disposable smoothers) on my right hand nails. Within a month or two my nails had already gotten stronger, and I stopped getting any splits or chips. At this point, my nails are impressively strong. I can even play steel string acoustic without great concern for my nails (that will wear on them, but they don't chip or split). And nylon string is no concern at all.

I don't know exactly why this is the case, but I can tell a huge difference. Anyway, thought I'd pass along my experience with this.

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Re: RH Fingernails
« Reply #1 on: August 25, 2020, 05:49:46 am »
Good tip J.W.C. I am constantly filing my nails. They grow very quickly and
I have to keep them fairly short. I play steel string acoustic fingerstyle 95%
of the time and destroy my nails if they get to long.

If I use clippers on them they chip and tear and need way more matainance
so it's file and emery boards only.

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Re: RH Fingernails
« Reply #2 on: August 25, 2020, 02:08:26 pm »
......so it's file and emery boards only.
...some mascara and eyeliner and your ready for the Alice Cooper show😂😂.
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Re: RH Fingernails
« Reply #3 on: August 28, 2020, 06:30:16 pm »
Nice tip, my nails grew insanely fast too
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Re: RH Fingernails
« Reply #4 on: August 28, 2020, 06:40:14 pm »
Really good to know for future reference, thanks J.W.C., very helpful. :)


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Re: RH Fingernails
« Reply #5 on: August 28, 2020, 10:02:04 pm »
Don't cut your fingernails with clippers. Always file them down, instead. Your nails will be MUCH stronger.

Almost two years ago I stopped using nail clippers entirely, and switched to only using glass files (and those fine grit disposable smoothers) on my right hand nails.

I don't know exactly why this is the case, but I can tell a huge difference. Anyway, thought I'd pass along my experience with this.

First I have heard of a glass file.  Would you describe the file?  Is it a file actually made of some type of glass?  A metal file with glass embedded in it?  Or maybe a file meant to be used on glass?

Not being silly here, I really am interested.
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Re: RH Fingernails
« Reply #6 on: August 28, 2020, 10:50:54 pm »
Just got mine to a great length for picking, then ripped the index finger off on a shopping trolley yesterday morning. Take too long to file the others back to the same length ie zero, so cut them all and the growing process starts again. I swear there's a finger nail god that watches your every move and just when you get optimum length but you've transgressed in life, she'll arrange for one or two to be ripped off.

Positive side of the finger nail god, she teaches you to pick with your tips.  8)
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Re: RH Fingernails
« Reply #7 on: August 29, 2020, 01:44:40 am »
...some mascara and eyeliner and your ready for the Alice Cooper show😂😂.

Boys having fun, love it.  ;D

Yep thumbs up on the glass/crystal file. I also file my callouses with it, and when my picks get blunt, I file them too. I've also seen someone sharpen a pick by running it through a carpet a few times.
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Re: RH Fingernails
« Reply #8 on: August 29, 2020, 02:04:30 am »
First I have heard of a glass file.  Would you describe the file?  Is it a file actually made of some type of glass?  A metal file with glass embedded in it?  Or maybe a file meant to be used on glass?

They're nail files made from tempered glass. They typically have a smoother abrasive surface than something like an emery board, and the abrasive doesn't wear out like emery boards, etc (which are basically glorified sandpaper).

Here's an article talking about them:
https://www.thedailybeast.com/why-you-should-be-using-a-glass-nail-file


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Re: RH Fingernails
« Reply #9 on: August 29, 2020, 02:30:59 am »

Positive side of the finger nail god, she teaches you to pick with your tips.  8)

Oh you said Tips never mind. ;D

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Re: RH Fingernails
« Reply #10 on: August 29, 2020, 06:42:01 pm »
Thanks, JWC. 
I am now educated on the finer points of fingernail maintenance  :D
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Re: RH Fingernails
« Reply #11 on: September 29, 2020, 12:12:43 pm »
How long will one glass file work? This is the first time in my life (68) that I have heard of glass files! Thanks! celtGRL 8)

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Re: RH Fingernails
« Reply #12 on: September 29, 2020, 12:18:50 pm »
How long will one glass file work? This is the first time in my life (68) that I have heard of glass files! Thanks! celtGRL 8)

Hi celtGRL and welcome to the forum.

Decent quality glass nail files should last years if they are looked after. I believe some come with a lifetime guarantee.

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Re: RH Fingernails
« Reply #13 on: September 29, 2020, 03:13:53 pm »
I bite my nails and pick with the flesh.
Sometimes I chew a callus.
I know... ::)

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Re: RH Fingernails
« Reply #14 on: September 29, 2020, 10:39:32 pm »
I took J.W.C's tip to heart and have been trying the filing thing, in conjunction with more "pickless" playing (nail strumming). My nails are still weaklings so appreciate the tip. If only nail steroids were a thing, or nail growth hormones  :P
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Re: RH Fingernails
« Reply #15 on: September 29, 2020, 11:27:11 pm »
I bite my nails and pick with the flesh.
Sometimes I chew a callus.
I know... ::)

I was just sitting here thinking to myself... I should be honest and say how badly i look after my hands,  but how do i say that i bite my nails, chew on callouses and generally practice poor hand health without sounding like a grot.   Then i read your comment.  Well if Brian can get away with it.. ;D 
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Re: RH Fingernails
« Reply #16 on: October 12, 2020, 08:41:44 am »
LOL Everybody's unique in their own way, aren't they?
I've been filing my nails since... well, since I was a young girl (some centuries ago) and always had strong, healthy nails.
But the past few years, my nails have become brittle and thin and sometimes, I have to file them ultra-short to get the split parts out, so it looks like I'm biting my nails.

I suppose it's my own fault. I used to apply gel polish, which looks gorgeous but ruins your nails.
So, I also have to make it work with shortened nails, albeit due to a different reason.

But like I said, everyone does it their way. Dolly Parton used to play with claws you wouldn't believe and made it work, somehow.
Although I'm pretty sure she didn't have to do her own nails.  :)
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Re: RH Fingernails
« Reply #17 on: October 12, 2020, 10:04:08 am »
Dolly Parton used to play with claws you wouldn't believe and made it work, somehow.
Although I'm pretty sure she didn't have to do her own nails.  :)

Watched a documentary about her recently on Netflix.  Astonishing to play guitar with the nails she had on her fretting hand.  And if I remember correctly, she did all her own make-up, so perhaps did take care of her own nails  ;D

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Re: RH Fingernails
« Reply #18 on: October 12, 2020, 11:52:00 am »
And if I remember correctly, she did all her own make-up, so perhaps did take care of her own nails  ;D
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Re: RH Fingernails
« Reply #19 on: October 13, 2020, 07:20:38 am »
Exactly!  :D

Trust me, boys, I used to spend hours each time I did my nails. If I'd had the money, I'd have it done by a professional.
And that's including the UV lamp, cleaning products, and acrylic gel polish (of course, one needs a different colour for different occasions  ;) ).
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Re: RH Fingernails
« Reply #20 on: October 13, 2020, 09:11:52 am »
Exactly!  :D

Trust me, boys, I used to spend hours each time I did my nails. If I'd had the money, I'd have it done by a professional.
And that's including the UV lamp, cleaning products, and acrylic gel polish (of course, one needs a different colour for different occasions  ;) ).

I shall be happy to trust a foxy lady on this one  ;)

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Re: RH Fingernails
« Reply #21 on: October 14, 2020, 07:10:37 am »
 :-*
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