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Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Embracing My Shorties...

This is a post that I've been meaning to write for a month or so, but everytime I would start typing it out, I would end up abandoning it.  The main reason is I don't want to offend anyone.  If you have long, beautiful nails, then more power to you... you rock those puppies like nobody's bidnez.  However, this post is geared towards those of us in the nail blogger/reader community that aren't blessed with the genes to produce gorgeous talons.  It seems like we are few and far between, but I am a card-carrying member of this little group.  Though, deep down, I always preferred longer nails, and I always apologized for my short nails.

In fact, one of the reasons I got acrylics in the first place (both times) was because I wanted long nails.  In 2001, it was because of my wedding and then in 2008, it was because I had a wild hair.  Around that time, I had rediscovered nail polish, only to be frustrated with the application on short nails.  There's a learning curve to polishing shorties, one I had yet to master.  Thus, I ended back on the acrylic pony, which lead to disastrous results. 

Once I got my natural nails back, earlier this year, I thought that I would be able to grow longer nails because I had since learned so much about nail care.  Unfortunately, that was not the case.  I have used Dermelect Launchpad and Makeover Ridgefiller and Jessica Critical Care religiously, though at different times, and while in both instances, my nails felt harder, had less peelies, and grew faster, I still didn't have inch-long, rock-hard, indestructible nails that I'd always dreamed about.  I think hoping for that was pretty pie-in-the-sky anyway, but I am an eternal optimist.  You always hear about someone who chewed her nails to nubs, only to combat her demons, discovered polish, and end up with glorious nails. I wished I could have been that girl.  Sadly, I just don't think that's in my genetic code.  LOL. 

About 2 months ago, after a massive, and depressing clip-down, I polished my nails in OPI MPJ holo and I realized that my shorties were cute, and that I liked them very much.  And while coming to that realization was rather bittersweet and I took a long while in getting to that point, it was also a momentous occasion.  No longer do I have to worry about all the challenges of trying to grow long nails.  I can keep my nails short, trimmed, and well-groomed, and not have to deal with my index fingers growing slanted, or my ring finger growing downward, or all the other issues that plague me.  I think a lot of these are because of acrylic damage and they may rectify themselves in the distant future, but I think for now I'm quite happy with my shorties. 

Plus, there are upsides to me having short nails.  1. I can type without having to click the keys with my nails.  2. no risk of poking myself in the eye or accidentally stabbing my kids (yes, I have done both). 3. (probably the best) is no risk of tranny hands.  Due to the shape and size of my hands, they look a little man-ish and long nails only accentuated it.  4. dark colors always look great on shorties.  Now, I'm a big fan of wearing whatever you want, when you want, but I know sometimes, for me, darker colors, just looked like crappola on long nails (I never liked OPI RN until I put it on my shorties).  And lastly, I can be more carefree with my nails.  Growing out my nails is always a stressful experience because I keep waiting for one to break so I have to clip them down.  With them always clipped down... I've circumvented the problem.  LOL. 

So, if you have shorties, like me... rock 'em like they are an inch and a half long.  Konad 'em, nail art 'em, and polish 'em in whatever digs your well, but don't ever be ashamed of your shorties.  Yes, long nails are beautiful, but clean, well-groomed, perfectly polished short nails are gorgeous, too.  Polish loves everyone.  <3


Erin said...

I love this post!

I've never been able to get my nails to grow out long. Between the work I do and the life I live, it's not in the cards. With so many beautiful nails being showcased in the community, I always feel the need to apologize for my shorties, though. But I love polish and I love my shorties! No more apologies! :D

Megan (A Polish Problem) said...

Erin, that's the reason I wrote this post. :)

Michelle said...

I am loving shorties! I was a nail biter, and once I got over that compulsion, I kept my nails long. I have no difficulties growing or maintaining length (I'm not bragging!), but lately I have been loving shorter nails. So many bloggers (like you), have shorter nails and I found them so cute! I wanted short cute nails too, so I have been filing mine down. It's kind of like the straight hair/curly hair thing isn't it? Those with straight hair want curly and vice versa. I am really liking how polish looks on my shorter nails too, and like you said, there's fewer worries. I don't have to worry about breakage, or the curving I get on some nails when they get too long. I am wearing more colors too. I shied away from blues, greens and bolder colors, they seemed like "too much" on my long nails, but every color seems to look nice on my shorties. Shorties rule! :)

Megan (A Polish Problem) said...

Michelle, that just goes to show you that you always want what you don't have. LOL. I know when I check out blogs, I always feel like I see everyone with long nails and my shorties and I are in the minority. :P

That's great that you can grow long nails, but I can totally understand why you would want to keep them short. They are so much more low maintenance.

jaljen said...

I am going to go ahead and offend lotsa people. I find long nails freaky and unpleasant. They make me think of hermits with long, lank hair and wild eyes. Manifestly ladies with long nails are not unkempt and careless of their appearance but long nails have those resonances for me.

I also associate it with ridiculously high heels and a sort of affected or learned female helplessness. Long nails simply aren't practical. Can you imagine coping with a baby's dirty bottom? Why do women want to look like this? It's an emancipation/empowerment issue. Like too tight skirts. Why hobble yourself?

Sorry for the rant but I simply don't understand the long-nail fetish.

Cheryl said...

I love short nails myself! Usually I clip it all the way to the point where there's no white part of the nail left, I hate the way dirt collects underneath my nails. But after discovering the wonders of nail polish recently, I've decided to leave my nails alone and let them grow a little, it's tough fighting the temptation to cut them all the way down and to have lovely fingers with no dirt trapped inside the nails.

No offence to long nailed ladies out there, but I have to agree with Jaljen in the comment above, long nails are just impractical and really do remind me of trannies.

Shorties rock!

Megan (A Polish Problem) said...

I don't know why long nails are so desired. Maybe it's a societal thing, or maybe it stems from older generations where longer nails meant you drank a lot of milk and were healthier (this is what my nana thinks.LOL).

I know, in the past, I'd go so frustrated with my natural nails because they would only go so far and then split, peel, or simply crack/break at the drop of a hat. I used to wonder what the point in polishing them was if they were just going to be short and not grow. Then, I learned, both in my own experience, and from reading blogs and the NB, that short nails can be beautiful.

Over the past months since I've gotten my natural nails back, I have polished, nail arted, and konadded my shorties. I liked them, but I never really accepted them. To me, having short nails was always the beginning of a process, rather than being the end result.

Now that I've made the decision to keep them short, it really does take a weight off my shoulders, as ridiculous as that sounds.

As for long nails, I think that if you can grow them, they grow them as long as you are comfortable with. I will agree, that long nails can sometimes be unsightly if they are not polished and unkempt, but I think they can be gorgeous of they are polished and well-cared-for.

Anonymous said...

I always thought that the best thing about short nails was your number 4, with the dark colors. Very long nails + really dark colors = yuck

AggiePigeon said...

I agree with all that has been said by everyone, thank you so much Megan! I am now going to embrace my genetically prone to split nails and sport them shorties...I hate when I read about bloggers complaining about nubbins when they are longer than mine, what does that make mine, not nubs but stubs? Whatever, Lately I'm more worried about the health of the cuticle, the length of the nail is not important and I disagree with other people that say they can clean and do 'labor' and keep their long nails nice, I call BS, when I clean it's like giving myself a peel everytime, I use scouring things and it ruins everything, if it can sufficiently clean porcelain, how is it going to not damage skin and nails?
I am allergic to Latex and most cleaning products so I use natural cleaning stuff and I sometimes use my nitrile gloves but I wear gloves all day since I am a microbiologist and I grow weary of wearing gloves 24 hours a day!

Great post, sorry this comment is almost as long as you post! =)

chaosbird said...

Wonderful post. Even though I'm doing uv gels, my end goal isn't long but strong. I just started a little blog, but was intimidated by all of the long nails out there. This makes me feel so much better!

Lissa said...

Lordy. As a former nail-biter, I thought I wanted long beautiful nails. Come to find out, I have my Dad's nail genes and my nails do naturally grow super fast and thick.... TOO thick, in my opinion. Filing them down is a pain in the butt, and I don't like the way they look when they are really long. Also, they get in the way. VIVA LA SHORTIES!

augusta said...

i dont care for long nails on me-they are impractical (for me)and uncomfortable. i can apreciate them on someone who keeps their long nails immaculate, but talons aint my thang.

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