Properly handling and
balancing the Electric File
BALANCING AND HAND CONTROL
Control, Balance, Pressure, and Speed all play important
roles in using the Electric File safely and correctly.
Learning to properly balance your hands as you work
will keep them steady and help you develop the proper
filing technique. Proper balancing requires that you
use your pinky or ring finger braced against your other
hand for balance as you work. This is often called a
"fulcrum finger." Using a fulcrum finger takes
much of the pressure off the hand that holds the handpiece
as you work, creating what's called "negative pressure"
(pressure on the hand holding the client's fingers).
This technique gives you more control over what you're
doing, and with practice, will increase the speed and
accuracy of your work. If you don't already do this
as you apply polish or acrylic, using a fulcrum finger
may seem awkward at first. Once you become comfortable
with the technique it becomes natural and you'll do
it without even thinking about it.
Wrong Angle for shaping
an acrylic nail
Correct Angle for shaping
THE CORRECT ANGLE
Just as with a hand-held file, you must know where
the Bit is making contact with the nail to know if you're
shaping the acrylic properly. Pay attention to where
the Bit is touching the nail by watching from the side
or profile view. Bits will file a nail differently depending
on the angle at which you hold them. For instance, the
front of a Barrel Bit can be used for working near the
cuticle area on acrylics; at the center for shaping
that same nail and on the bottom end of the barrel for
trimming the tip of that nail as well. Watching from
the side as you work will allow you to see exactly what
PROPER HAND PLACEMENT
Holding Client's Finger
1. Support the finger by placing your thumb and index
finger on each side of the finger near the cuticle.
2. Be sure that your hand is under the finger and that
both of your arms are braced on the table to avoid movement.
Holding the Hand Piece
1. Hold the hand piece as you would hold a pencil.
2. Keep parallel to the table as you file; move the
clients hand, not the front of the hand piece.
3. Balance your hands together as you would when applying
nail polish. The finger that braces your hands together
is referred to as the 'fulcrum finger'.
*In order to achieve proper filing technique, it is
extremely important that the hands are properly braced