Do you struggle with your nails splitting or peeling?
Meet the Bliss Kiss™ Dual Nano Nail file!
This exquisitely crafted, long-lasting, exceptional quality Bliss Kiss™ Dual Nano Nail File delivers gentle, salon-perfect results and superior nail care on-the-go.
- Get consistently smooth, snag-free and peel-free results.
- Smooth snags, splits, peels, and tears to help reduce and prevent chipping, cracking, and splitting.
- Gently shape and contour even the most delicate and fragile nails to a beautifully even finish.
Filing nail free edge: hold file vertically against free edge and smooth it using short strokes in any direction. (See-sawing is ok).
Smooth peels: Holding file horizontally over the peeling area, ever so gently buff lifted cells until surface is smooth. Do not buff healthy nail plate cells.
What makes our nano file different?
The first thing you'll notice is the two different filing surfaces. The lighter side is for shaping and smoothing your free edge. The darker side is for smoothing the annoying cells that lift up on top of the nail plate.
The second thing you'll notice is that we don't use the term "grit" like with other nail files. Instead, the millimeter size of the dots determines how coarse or fine the filing surface is. The dark smoothing side is 0.35mm and gentle enough to buff the sharp edges of peels without damaging the rest of the nail plate. The light colored filing side is 0.15mm and perfect for creating a shiny, snag-free free edge.
Ana and Kirsten worked with manufacturers for almost a year to create a file that solved the problem of living with peeling nails. All but one of the manufacturers refused to create the 0.35mm side because they said it wouldn't file anything. Turns out, they were wrong. It does exactly what we wanted.
Why is the millimeter measurement important?
Because you deserve to know what you're getting when you invest in a nano file. Other manufacturers won't tell you and they all vary.
Please do not use the Nano Nail File to buff your entire nail plate!
It's not uncommon for other manufacturers of similar nail files to show the file being used to buff the entire nail plate to make your nails shiny.
THIS IS BAD FOR YOUR NAILS!
Why? Here's the short version...
Buffing your entire nail plate, especially repeatedly leads to constant peeling and breaking. We want our nails to be as thick as possible.
The Truth About Ridges in Nails
I recently finished watching the 3D DVD “Inside Doug Schoon’s Brain.” Mr. Schoon’s book, Nail Structure and Product Chemistry is my ‘Nail Bible’. I can not tell you how exciting it was to me to finally find out “WHY” we should NOT file down ridges! *geeky girl glee.*
In this DVD, Mr. Schoon explains what’s happening with ridges by using an electron microscope photo enlarged 150 times.
You know how I say almost everything we seem to know about nails is BACKWARDS? This is true for our belief about ridges too.
Ridges in nails are actually the healthy part of the nail. It’s the concave portions that are thinner because the nail matrix isn’t working properly and at full capacity.
It is actually the dips in the nails that are the weaker portions! The thicker portions (ridges) are really the healthier, stronger nail sections.
Take a look at the photo below. It is a cross-section of the nail plate enlarged 150 times. The wavy top is the visible top surface of your nail. The bottom is the part that sits on your nail bed. It is also the same part that becomes the underside of your nail tip as it grows past your fingertip.
The higher portion is what we consider a “ridge”. The “groove” in between each ridge is typically 5% to 7% thinner than the rest of the healthy nail.
See that big crack to the right of the yellow arrow? We’ll zoom in on that crack in the next photo.
Since the grooves are thinner, they have a higher tendency to crack, like the photo below. As this crack becomes worse, the layers will start to peel away, causing your nail plate to be even thinner. This can lead to those crazy splitting nails that are so hard to deal with.
The Aging Process
This explains why ridges seem to get more pronounced with age. As we age, our digestive system does not function at the level of a young person.
We don’t absorb as many of the required vitamins and minerals for nail production. Therefore, the ridges appear more pronounced, when it’s actually the thinner, grooved areas becoming more deeper and more pronounced.
Should You File Ridges in Nails?
You probably know the answer by now. If we file down the ridges to match the rest of the nail plate, we’re actually thinning our nail plate to match the thinnest, weakest portions of the nail!
Buffing is Bad!
Since filing away ridges thins your nail plate, buffing and sanding are definitely a bad idea.
The moral of the story is… you really should just ROCK YOUR RIDGES!
Along with Doug Schoon, my recommendation is to use a high-quality ridge filling base coat like OPI Ridge Filler or Seche Base Ridge Filling Base Coat to fill in the grooved areas and smooth out the surface of your nail before applying your color lacquer.
Rather than creating one thin layer like polish, ridge filling base coats are full of micro-particle ingredients that settle into the concave portions of your nail.
Using a ridge filling base coat will solve three problems for you.
- Reducing staining
- Creating a surface that polish loves. (Base coats are formulated to bond to the natural nail plate. Polish is formulated to bond to base coat, not the nail.)
- Smoothing the nail surface
Hydration is Helpful!
I am so glad I ordered two of these amazing files. They smooth away wee catches on my free edge without losing my length. They are simply awesome! Another hero product from Bliss Kiss