What you need for Toenail Buffing
- 3 Way Buffer or Sponge Block Buffer
- Cuticle Oil – only if you’re not going to apply nail polish after buffing
- Cotton or Dust Brush
Manicure & Pedicure Course
If you would like to watch a tutorial video, click here for my Manicure & Pedicure Course.
How to Buff Toenails – Technique
- A buffer consists of 3 parts. We’ll call each of them Part A, B and C.
- First, use the roughest part of the buffer (Part A). Buff the surface of the toenail gently, moving the buffer from the base of the toenail towards the free edge.
- Buff the sides of the nail as well, using a corner of the buffer. Buff until the entire nail becomes cloudy.
- You can remove the burr edge created from filing by buffing the end of the free edge as well. What’s a burr edge?
- Using the smoother part of the buffer (Part B), repeat step 2 and 3.
- Using the smoothest part of the buffer (Part C), repeat step 2 and 3 until the toenail becomes shiny.
- Once you have buffed all toenails, remove dust with a damp gauze.
- If you are NOT going to apply nail polish, apply Cuticle Oil onto the cuticle line and massage into the skin and the toenails. This will rehydrate the skin and the toenails.
Techniques to Avoid during Pedicure Buffing
- Do not buff from side to side, as it will create heat and make the toenails dry. Dryness can cause splitting and peeling of the toenail.
- Do not push the buffer down too hard, as it may damage the matrix and affect future toenail growth.