The Best Electric Nail File for Nail Technicians

You have decided you need an electric nail file for your work as a nail technician, but you are not sure which electric nail drill is best suited to your work.

To be of assistance, we have written this short guide to advise you which nail drill fits your requirements.

To find out which electric nail drill best suits your work as a nail technician, we’ ll go through the following questions together,

  1. Are you a fulltime or parttime Nail Technician?
  2. Do you work as an ambulatory nail technician or do you have your own nail salon?
  3. Do you work with dry technique, spray technique or dust suction?

Answering these questions makes it easy to determine the right electric nail file.

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Not a professional? Read which electric nail file you can buy best for domestic use.

1. Parttime or fulltime nail technician

If you are a student, novice nail technician, or in need of a backup machine, you’ll probably not use your electric nail file for more than 20 hours per week.

Powerful nail drills are very suitable for use, but also more expensive to purchase.

Parttime nail technician

If you won’t be needing your electric nail drill for more than 20 hours a week (4 hours a day), you can easily work with one of the dry technique nail drills or one of the lower priced spray technique nail files.

The following electric nail files would fill your requirements:

Fulltime nail technician

If you are a full-time nail technician and need to replace a machine in your pedicure salon or need an upgrade, choose a high-performance electric nail file.

High-performance nail drills are suitable for heavy-duty work, rotate at a faster speed and are more durable in use.

If you need your electric nail file more than 20 hours a week (more than 4 hours a day), consider the nail drills with dust extraction technique or one of the spray technique nail files of the upper price range.

The following electric nail files would fill your requirements:

Ambulatory work or own nail salon

Ambulatory nail technician

If you are working or planning to work ambulatory, you probably don’t want to carry a heavy and large electric nail file around.

Carrying out treatment at the client’s home means moving your nail drill and lifting it regularly.

So if you need a nail drill for ambulatory work, you’re better off with a smaller, lighter and portable electric nail drill or a simple dry technique nail file.

The following electric nail files would fill your requirements:

Permanent location or own nail salon

If you have your own nail salon or you work from home, you don’t necessarily need a small, lightweight electric nail file.

Working from a permanent location means you don’t have to move the electric nail file; choose a nail drill with dust extraction or a pedicure motor with spray technology.

 

The following electric nail files would fill your requirements:

3. Electric nail file with dry technique, spray technique or dust extraction

For beginning nail technicians, this can be a daunting question. Especially if you don’t know what working with the different techniques implies.

Don’t worry, we explain the differences below.

Dry technique electric nail file

A dry technique nail drill is the simplest of the 3 techniques; an electric nail file that works with an incrementally variable speed of rotation.

Electric nail files with dry technique are often small and more economical to buy than electric nail files with dust extraction or spray technique.

What dry technique nail drills don’t do is prevent nail particles and skin dust from soiling the work surface and cooling the nail surface and skin during the treatment. To prevent overheating and discomfort while working with dry technique, the nail technician should often switch between nails or skin area in treatment.

The following electric nail files would fill your requirements:

Spray technique electric nail file

Electric nail files rotate at high velocity to ensure a quick and smooth result. However, a high rotation also causes the nails or skin of the customer to heat up, which can be uncomfortable for the customer.

Unlike dry technique and dust extraction nail drills, spray technique nail files ensure that the nails and skin of the customer remain cool during the treatment by spraying them with coolant or water.

Spray technique nail drills are more expensive to buy than dry technique nail files, but definitely increase the comfort of the customer.

The following electric nail files would fill your requirements:

Electric nail file with dust extraction

Electric nail drills with dust extraction are basically dry technique nail files equipped with a small vacuum cleaner attached to the handpiece.

Working with dry technique generates nail particles and skin dust. Dust that is suspended in the air before settling on the work surface. The vacuum cleaner attached to the handpiece immediately collects all dust during treatment, keeping the work surface in a hygienic state.

Electric nail files with dust extraction are more expensive to purchase than dry technique nail drills, but definitely contribute to a greater level of hygiene and convenience for both the client as the nail technician.

The following electric nail files would fill your requirements:

Conclusion

Before purchasing an electric nail file for your work as a nail technician, ask yourself the following 3 questions: 1) do you work parttime or fulltime, 2) do you work ambulatory or from a permanent location (home, nail salon, etc.), and 3) do you want to work with dry technique, spray technique or with dust extraction.

Part-timers can start with a dry technique nail drill or one of the lower priced spray technique nail files, while full-timers are better off choosing a more powerful, premium spray technique drill or electric nail file with dust extraction.

Ambulatory nail technicians should choose a small and lightweight dry technique nail file or battery-powered electric nail drill, while nail technicians with their own salon do not need to take weight, size and portability into account as much.

The choice of technique depends on what kind of service you want to offer. In general, professional nail technicians are recommended to work with dust extraction or spray technique. This facilitates a more pleasant treatment for both the client as the nail technician, as the work surface remains clean, and in case of wet technique, fewer breaks are needed.

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