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Online 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.
Regards,
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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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