Nail salons are a great place to go when your nails need some extra TLC and you simply just want to relax. What you might not realize while you are getting that nice hand massage is that the salon may be doing your nails more harm than good and possibly putting you at risk for serious infections. Next time you are at the salon, pay attention for any of the following red flags:
Cheap, disposable nail files are inexpensive, but costly to your nail health. They have a grit on them that is entirely way too coarse for a natural nail bed and can hold bacteria easier. They tear up your nails and can even cause splitting. Glass and crystal files are something that you should invest in. You may just want to bring it with you for your own good.
2. Incorrect filing method
So your nail technician may be using the proper file, but is she utilizing it correctly? If not, this can be just as counterproductive. Filing in both directions makes your nails split and compromises their health. The proper way to file the nails is from corner to center in one direction.