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Don't underestimate the buff & shine mani! While we all love a pop of color on our nails, sometimes it's good to give them a breather from constant polish application. This technique is gaining traction as an essential part of nail care, especially as we gear up for spring with healthy, radiant nails.

When I first started in the beauty world oh-so-many years ago, the only buff and shine option was a chamois buffer with cream. It was like giving your nails a shoe shine – a simple yet effective way to achieve a natural shine without any nail polish. But now there is an easier and more hygienic method: The JINsoon Effortless Buffer & Shiner.

Simply buff your nails using the "buff" side to smooth out undulations in your nails, then use the other side to get the shine. It's really popular at my salons and the clients get to take it home with them to touch up their nails until their next mani/pedi.

Buff and shine offers a wholesome approach to nail care, leaving your nails looking naturally glossy without the need for drying time or exposure to harsh chemicals. It's also a great way to rejuvenate damaged nails from gels, powders, and acrylics. Fashion giants like Michael Kors and Tommy Hilfiger have embraced this trend, opting for well-groomed nails with the JINsoon Buffer & Shiner for their FW2024 runway.

white fashion model showcasing shiny nails

Buffing isn't just for men anymore! Many career-driven women are opting for buff & shine manicures for a clean, healthy, and natural look that's chip-free. Pregnant women, in particular, find solace in this style as it eliminates exposure to active chemicals found in nail polish.

The benefits of buffing your nails are numerous, and it's perhaps the simplest yet most effective way to maintain nail health and aesthetics. So why not give your nails the TLC they deserve with a buff & shine manicure?

two models showcasing their shiny nails at the tommy Hilfiger runway


Here's a breakdown of various buff manicure methods:

Old-Fashioned Chamois Buffer with Buffing Cream: Traditionally, a buffing cream and chamois skin were the go-to tools for achieving nail shine since the Victorian Era. This method, although effective, can be time-consuming and messy. Despite its historical charm, chamois buffers are now banned in New York salons due to hygiene concerns. However, this method is very gentle on the nails.

1980s 3-4 Way Buffing Block: During the early 1980s, the introduction of the three-way buffing block provided a more accessible option compared to the traditional chamois buffer. This innovation proved to be significantly more efficient and effective. However, users need to exercise caution, especially with the coarse side of these buffers, as excessive buffing can potentially harm the nail plate. Despite its benefits, careful handling is essential to avoid over-buffing and subsequent damage to the nails.

1990s Three-Step Buffing File: In the 1990s, the introduction of three-step buffing files by wholesale brands offered a convenient solution for nail care. These files resembled emery boards but featured three different grits for buffing. While they were portable and handy, users found them cumbersome due to their shape and length, which made them difficult to use efficiently. Despite their convenience, their design posed challenges for some users in terms of usability and time consumption.

New two way Buff JINsoon EFFORTLESS NAIL BUFFER & SHINER: In 2023, JINsoon unveiled a cutting-edge solution for flawless nails with the launch of the JINsoon Effortless Nail Buffer & Shiner. This innovative tool simplifies the process into just two steps, delivering salon-quality results at home. The buffer boasts a dual-sided design, featuring a buffing side to smooth out uneven nails and a shining side to impart a glossy finish. With ultra-fine grit on both sides of a smooth sponge-like block, this tool guarantees gentle buffing without causing any damage, while its flexibility ensures effortless usage.

hand showcasing nail buffer and shiner


Benefits of the JINsoon Effortless Nail Buffer & Shiner:

  • Two-in-One Functionality: This tool combines the functions of a buffer and shiner into one, simplifying the nail care routine.
  • Promotes Healthy Nails: By stimulating blood circulation, the buffer/shiner contributes to healthier nail growth and overall nail health.
  • Restores Natural Shine: The shiner side of the tool restores the natural shine of nails, giving them a glossy and polished appearance.
  • Gentle Nail Buffing: The fine abrasives on the buffer side gently buff uneven nails, ensuring a smooth and uniform nail surface.
  • No Damage: Frequent or harsh buffing weakens nails. JINsoon's ultra-fine grit buffer buffs without damaging your nails.
  • Reusable Design: Designed for multiple uses, this tool can be reused several times, providing long-lasting benefits and value for money.

Tip: For a complete and healthy nail regimen, follow up buffing and shining with the application of JINsoon Honeysuckle + Primrose Cuticle Oil. This luxurious oil nourishes and moisturizes the cuticles, promoting overall nail health and adding a finishing touch to your manicure routine.

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Q: Why is buffing a part of nail care?

A: Buffing is an essential part of nail care because it tackles minor surface scratches and smooths out ridges, resulting in nails that look naturally glossy and healthy. It's an excellent option for those who prefer a more natural look, allowing nails the chance to rejuvenate and maintain their health without relying on nail polish.

Q: When is the good time to use the nail buffer and shiner?

A: Nail buffers and shiners are great tools for achieving glossy, healthy-looking nails. Here's when to use them:
  • For a Natural Shine: Use them when you want a polished look without nail polish, especially if you're prone to chipping or prefer a natural appearance.
  • Before Regular Nail Polish: Buffing beforehand can help your polish last longer by creating a smooth surface for enhanced nail polish adherence. Avoid overdoing it to ensure proper polish adhesion. Skip buffing before gel polish as it needs a slightly rough surface for better bonding.
  • During a Break from Polish: Buffing and shining can help maintain the appearance of your nails while you take a break from polish.
  • To Smooth Nail Ridges: If your nails have ridges, a gentle buff can even out the surface for a polished finish.

Q: What's not to do when buffing?

A: When buffing your nails, it's crucial to avoid overdoing it. Buffing too frequently can lead to nail thinning and increased susceptibility to breakage. Aim to buff no more than twice a month to maintain nail health. However, using the JINsoon Buffer & Shiner is safe for twice-weekly use with light pressure, providing a glossy finish without causing damage. 

Q: Can Buff make nails strong besides looking healthy?

A: While buffing can create a healthy shine on nails, there's limited evidence to suggest it strengthens them. Therefore, it's essential to prioritize moisturizing and fortifying with cuticle oil, such as JINsoon Honeysuckle + Primrose, after buffing. This helps maintain nail health and vitality, ensuring they stay nourished and resilient despite the buffing process.

Q: How often do I need to take a break from nail polish once in a while?

It's wise to give your nails a break from polish, gels, powder and acrylics approximately once a month for two key reasons. First, nail polish pigments can lead to yellowish staining over time, but allowing your nails to grow out helps restore their natural color. Second, continuous use of nail polish, gels, powders, and acrylics can dehydrate and harm nails, particularly during removal. Prolonged exposure may result in discoloration and dry spots. Taking breaks from polish, combined with regular buffing and moisturizing, promotes overall nail health and appearance.

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