Glass Nail Files Are The Game-Changing Beauty Tool You Need In Your Arsenal (Bye Brittleness)

When it comes to taking care of our nails, many of us rely on our trusty tools to get the job done. Some of these items may include nail clippers, buffers, cuticle pushers, and, of course, your trusty nail file. Nail files come in all shapes and sizes from various brands. Emery boards, for example, are often a go-to choice for many who file their nails regularly — perhaps you even have one buried in the depths of your drawer. Either way, they're often a beauty-lovers best friend.


However, one special nail file is taking the beauty world by storm. Say hello to the glass nail file. Perhaps you already know what one is, or maybe it's your first time hearing about it. Either way, this nifty, sustainable nail tool has some attractive benefits for your nails — especially if you have nails that tear easily. So, what does this game-changing beauty tool have to offer? Let's take a look.

Glass nail files prevent tearing

While they do the same job as an emery board, glass nail files work in a very unique way. Nail artist and LeChat Nails educator, Syreeta Aaron, broke it down in more detail, telling The Zoe Report, "A glass nail file can be used in multiple directions, whereas an emery board can cause breakage if used in several directions — leaving nails more prone to splitting and breaking." This makes a glass nail file a perfect candidate for individuals with weaker or brittle nails, as the material won't damage your nails in the same way emery boards or other nail files can. 


Even those without weak nails will benefit from using a glass nail file, making them suitable for everyone regardless of your nail strength, so you can rock the latest summer nail trends while still maintaining your nail health. Since glass nail files hold this advantage over emery boards, it makes them a fantastic addition to your collection. While it may take some time to adapt to the new tool, you may find that you prefer it.

They're better for the planet

While glass nail files are great for your nails, particularly if you've got nail problems, they're also great for the planet too. But why? As it turns out, using a glass nail file will help you to reduce the amount of waste that you produce. Speaking to Insider, celebrity manicurist Julie Kandalec explains that glass nail files "never [wear] down like traditional nail files, so it's not only better for you and for your nails, it's better for the earth too." In addition, this could also help you to save money — but only if you keep it for a considerably long time. Thankfully, they can potentially last for years, so you should definitely be able to save a few pennies. What's not to love? 


One of the only downsides with a glass nail file is that you will also have to ensure that you take good care of it. It's recommended that after every use, you simply run the nail file under water and blot dry with a towel to keep it in tip-top shape. If you've shared the nail file with someone else or if you used the file on an ingrown or infected nail, it's a good idea to sterilize it either with boiling water or rubbing alcohol.