Written by April Reinhardt (last updated July 4, 2022)
I went to the mall a few months ago and was duped by a very persuasive saleslady into buying an expensive nail filing system from a kiosk set up in the middle of the throughway. I wasn't thoroughly convinced of the product until she whipped out the buffing block and buffed my index fingernail to a shine. It was so shiny, it looked as if I were wearing clear nail polish. When she quoted the price tag of $69.00, however, I balked and started to leave.
She told me that she would lose her sales commission, but she'd let me buy the entire kit for only $39.00. I came home with the kit, proud of myself for obtaining a miracle nail filing system at such a low price. It was while I was using the kit that I noticed a website address on the lid. I looked up the website and, to my shame, I saw that I could have bought the kit online for only $19.00 plus shipping. I have since learned that I can purchase emery boards and metal nail files for only ninety-nine cents at my local pharmacy, and save even more money doing it myself at home.
Don't fall prey to persuasive ads or salespeople like I did. Instead, follow these steps for filing your nails, with little cost:
Before applying nail polish, wash your hands to remove any excess oil, else the nail polish won't adhere to the nail. Once your emery board has lost most of its grit, throw it away and use a new one. If you have cuticles that grow to your nails, apply baby oil to your cuticles to soften them, and then gently push them back with an orange stick or cuticle pusher.
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