So, with all these nail posts going up, you might be wondering what my nails look like without any polish on them. I have commented about my short, wide nail beds before, but you cannot really see that once they are painted. Here are a couple of pictures of my nails *gasp* naked:
In the photos above my nails are really long, but once they are painted they don’t seem that long at all. This is because my nail beds are so short. I have a lot of difficulty with my nails. They are very thin and weak and bend very easily. I can’t let them get too long as they are then more likely to catch on objects and bend over backwards. OUCH. My nails also split quite easily, so the layers of my nails sometimes peel off. I’m doing everything I can to improve the condition of my nails and cuticles. I’ve been using cuticle oil regularly and I’m moisturizing my hands with hand cream after I’ve washed them. Just recently I’ve started filing my nails down instead of cutting them. Cutting your nails also causes them to split. You may have noticed this happening when you clip your nails. My cuticles do take quite a beating because I use acetone on them at least twice a week while removing polish and fixing up manis. Occasionally (probably not often enough) I’ll wear my nails bare and just “love” them by oiling regularly and moisturizing as much as possible. This usually happens when I’ve had to take off a worn mani and don’t have time to do a new one. I must say, since I have been taking care of my nails by doing some of the above I have noticed an improvement. They don’t bend backwards quite as often as they used to, even when they are at this length. I don’t take too many chances though and still make them shorter once they reach a “dangerous” length.
One thing I cannot stand to see in a horror move is someone being dragged while they claw at the ground, people scratching to get out of somewhere (a la Silence of the lambs) or breaking nails as someone struggles. It gives me the absolute creeps! Probably because I can relate to having nails that are so weak that they would just fall to pieces!
You may or may not have noticed this in my photos, but my pinky always seems to be doing its own thing when I’m trying to take a photo. There is a reason for this! I was born with pretty skew pinkies! How skew, you might ask? This skew:
My mother actually wanted to have them broken and have metal pins put in when I was younger to try and “correct” them. I’m kind of glad she didn’t since they don’t really impair me in any way. I’ve also realized this is quite a common affliction after finding people on Twitter that were born with the same pinkies in varying degrees of skewness. Mine are pretty skew.
So now you know what I’m hiding under the polish and why my pinky seems to have a mind of it’s own!