My mom is obsessed with grooming her nails. She always carries a nail file in her bag and has tons more in supply, as they wear down easily over short periods of time. So when her birthday recently approached, I started to search for the best glass nail files — a much more durable (and sustainable) option.
Little did I know, that was only one of the many benefits of using glass nail files. They're also a lot more versatile and can promote stronger nails. Sally Hansen nail ambassador Tracylee Percival told Allure that glass files "seal the keratin layers together at the edge of the nail, preventing peeling and chipping," no matter what direction they're used on the nail. However, traditional emory nail files, which are meant to be used in only one direction, are often used incorrectly. This causes those same keratin layers in the nail to shred, leaving the edge thinner and more brittle.
Additionally, many glass nail files often have more etchings or a higher "grit" than their emory counterparts. This makes the file smoother and less rough on the nail, reducing the chance of breakage. Finally, glass files are super easy to clean. Just a little bit of warm water and soap makes them look brand new.
Knowing all of these benefits, my mom was happy to make the switch. The hardest part, however, was finding the right glass nail file. Luckily, I did the dirty work and poked around to uncover the best one on the web — here's what I found.