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Nail care: which nail bit attachment is the right one?
The selection of nail cutter attachments, the so-called bits, is huge. In order to achieve the best result when caring for your nails with the nail burr, you need different attachments. Choosing the right bit can not always be easy, especially for beginners. Even professional nail designers can quickly overwhelm the choice.
The basic properties that a nail milling cutter must meet are above all longevity and high resilience. In addition, a bit must have a high removal rate and low heat input, especially when machining artificial nails.
But which materials are suitable for what and when is which bit used? With this blog article we would like to help you to select the different attachments suitable for your applications.
What materials are the bits made of?
A basic distinction is made between the following attachment materials:
- Titanium bits
- Carbide bits
- Ceramic bits
- Diamond bits
- Sapphire bits
- Stone and sandpaper bits
- Polishing bits
The different attachment materials are suitable for different types of work and nail types. In the following, we will introduce you to the attachment materials and their respective areas of application, so that you can then easily decide which materials are suitable for you and your work.
Titanium bits are high-quality bits made from a titanium-carbide alloy and are designed for extreme use. Accordingly, they are characterized by a long service life. The material heats up more slowly and is therefore pleasant to use.
Titanium bits are mainly used for working on artificial nails. You can use them to mattify tips or file the tip transition to the natural nail. You can also remove gel and acrylic or shorten the nails with attachments made of titanium.
One advantage of titanium bits is that they generate very little heat. This makes working with the bit particularly pleasant for the customer. The high resilience and the long service life are also an advantage.
Titanium bits must not be used on natural nails!
Carbide bits are made from durable material. You use them when working on the artificial nail. Carbide bits enable quick and effective work. They are available in different grain sizes from fine to coarse.
The carbide bit is the most commonly used attachment when working on artificial nails. It is cheaper than the titanium bit and therefore more frequently used. The attachment is suitable for all common work on artificial nails. So you can also file the tip transition with hard metal attachments, file the builder gel thinner and shape it or shorten the nails.
Like the titanium bit, carbide bits are also characterized by their low heat generation. They achieve a very high removal rate, so that you can remove the old model quickly. In addition, carbide bits are virtually wear-free and have a high load capacity.
Carbide bits must not be used on natural nails!
Ceramic bits have extremely good cutting properties with a long service life. They guarantee a particularly smooth run when reaming on the nail plate and reduce heat development to a minimum. Ceramic attachments are also suitable for medical foot and nail care, especially for diabetics.
Areas of application for the ceramic bits are in particular the removal of gel and acrylic, as well as cosmetic foot care. The attachments are particularly durable thanks to the high-performance ceramic coating. Due to the very hard material, you can use this bit to remove old gel or acrylic modeling particularly quickly and efficiently.
Ceramic bits are also suitable for working on very hard, thickened nails and removing calluses.
Diamond bits have fine diamond particles on the grinding body and are therefore suitable for quick and hygienic skin and nail processing. This allows you to work safely even in hard-to-reach places.
You can use diamond bits for almost all work on natural nails. Diamond attachments are suitable for smoothing, cleaning or removing adhesive residues. You can also remove cuticles with a diamond bit.
The diamond bits are particularly gentle on the skin and the nail due to the soft material. Another advantage is the wide range of uses in natural nail care.
- Carbide professional bit set for extreme loads and a long service life
- Suitable for the rapid removal of material such as gel or acrylic
- Special coating for less heat development during milling
- Five different bit shapes and types, fine and coarse
- Ideal for nail design, foot care, manicures and pedicures
Sapphire bits are even softer than diamonds and are therefore ideal for maintaining and working on natural nails.
Sapphire attachments are ideal for working on natural nails. Depending on the shape of the bit, you can remove nail thickening, smooth the nail surface or clean the nail fold.
There are sapphire bits in many different shapes, so every step in natural nail care can be done. The particularly soft material is gentle on skin and nails, so that nothing stands in the way of perfect care.
Another advantage of the sapphire attachments is that you can also use them for foot care. You can also use them to remove corns or calluses.
Stone and sandpaper bits
The stone and sandpaper sleeves are available in different grain sizes. You use them for working on natural and artificial nails.
These cuffs are pulled over a so-called mandrel. You can use bits made of stone and sandpaper to grind and smooth nails. You can thin out thick nails. With artificial nails, you can also use the sandpaper to shape the build-up gel.
The particular advantage of abrasive collars is their versatility. The grinding sleeves are particularly cheap.
Various polishing bits are available. From silicone bits to felt bits and textile soft polishers. They offer you a wide range of applications in nail care.
Polishing bits complete every nail care routine. You use them for polishing, matting or creating a high gloss. In addition, bumps and grooves can be smoothed.
The different bit shapes and their areas of application
Bits are not only made of different materials, but are also available in different shapes. You will need bits with a different shape or grain size for various applications and work steps.
In the following section you will find out which common shapes are currently available and what you use them for. We differentiate between bits made of hard material, such as titanium or hard metal, and bits made of soft material, such as diamond or sapphire.
Hard material bits
In the table below you will find the currently most common types of bits made of hard material and their areas of application. So you can quickly get an overview of which form you need for your work steps.
So each shape is used in a different application. In general, you use large shapes, such as the cylinder or cone, to remove the old model or to shape the build-up gel. On the other hand, you use small shapes for the fine work. So you can use the right attachment for every work step and achieve perfect results.
Bits made of soft material
The following table shows you the currently most common forms of diamond and sapphire bits, as well as their respective areas of application.
So you can use the right bit for every step when working on a natural nail. Here, too, you use the large shapes for large-scale work. The small shapes are suitable for fine work or for removing cuticles.
Stone and sandpaper bits do not differ in shape. Since you only pull the sandpaper over the so-called mandrel, the shape remains the same. However, you can choose between the different grain sizes of sandpaper, from fine to coarse.
You use fine sanding tape for sanding down the nail surface and for fine work. Medium-coarse sandpaper can be used to remove gel and coarse sanding tape is suitable for removing acrylic. Furthermore, there is a so-called sandpaper cap, with which the removal of strong and thick calluses or swelling on the ball and heel is possible.
Recommendation: You need these nail cutter attachments for your work
Attachments for natural nails
To work on a natural nail, you need bits made of diamond or sapphire. Bits made of stone and sandpaper or polishing attachments are also suitable for working on natural nails. However, you are not allowed to use hard metal bits or attachments made of titanium and ceramic.
This material is too hard that you could damage your nails while milling.
Which shape and grain size of the different bits you need depends primarily on your work steps. Grinding disks are best for shortening the nails. If you want to remove cuticles, we recommend small pointed cones and for sealing and polishing, you should use a polishing cone.
Our recommendation to get started
- Small diamond cone for removing cuticles
- Sapphire grinding wheel for trimming nails
- Fine sanding belt for smoothing the nail surface
- Polishing cones made of felt or silicone for sealing and creating shine
Attachments for artificial nails
For working on artificial nails, you mainly need attachments made of hard material. Therefore you can choose between carbide, titanium or ceramic. Ceramic bits are a little more expensive than those made of titanium or hard metal. Each material is characterized by its particular durability.
Many carbide bits are available with a so-called long-life coating. This coating makes it particularly easy to remove gel or acrylic. You can recognize the longlife bits by their blue color.
Which shape and grain size of the different bits you need depends on your respective work steps. Cylinder, cone or pear shapes are best for removing gel and acrylic. Pointed cones, on the other hand, are suitable for working in hard-to-reach areas of the nail fold or for cleaning the underside of the nail. You use stone and sandpaper grinders to shape the builder gel.
When choosing your bits, please note that left-handers cannot use all types of attachments. Most manufacturers offer extra for this Left-handed bits at.
Our recommendation to get started
- Cylinder or large cone for removing gel and acrylic
- Pointed cone for working in hard-to-reach places or at the nail fold
- (Medium) coarse sandpaper to file the build-up gel into shape
Attachments for foot care
If you also want to use your nail burr for foot care, you will need diamond or sapphire bits. Sandpaper and stone paper grinders are also suitable.
To remove calluses from the feet, you should mainly use large shapes, such as the cylinder or cone. So you can work on larger areas at the same time. Round bits or small cones are great for removing corns or calluses.
Our recommendation to get started
- Large cylinder for removing the cornea
- Cones for removing corns and sanding calluses
Conclusion: the right bit for every work step
There is a suitable bit for every step in manicure, pedicure or professional nail design. These make your work much easier, so that you always get the best results with your nail burr.
Attachments made of hard materials such as hard metal or titanium are characterized by a particularly long service life. This is especially needed in the modeling of artificial nails. Diamond and sapphire bits, on the other hand, don't last that long.
On the other hand, the attachments are not so stressed when working on the natural nail.
Still not sure which bit is right for your job? Many nail burs come with entry-level attachments. After testing, you can decide for yourself which shape you like best.
Article picture: Elena Grama - shutterstock.com
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