I’ve been thinking a lot about nails. Not the kind that hang photos, but fingernails.
I have unanswered questions such as “What is the obsession with long nails?” “Why are ladies decorating the ring finger nail differently than the other four digits?” What’s the difference between acrylics and gel–or is it the same thing? Are sparkly, glitzy, decaled nails for fun? A status thing? A fashion trend?
As a massage therapist, I keep my nails short. Occasionally I will polish them at home by myself. The perfection lasts less than 48 hours. Today I saw the coolest pair of nails on the bus: three of the fingers were a dark gray, one was pink with a pattern, and the pinky finger was silver. Sometimes I think it would be fun to sport nail art like that but not worth the hassle for me.
My next career is going to be the person who gets to dream up those funky names colors of nail polish. Doesn’t that sound like fun? I’m serious. I could do that.
I’ve asked my students with perfectly manicured digits the cost of this luxury. To get a manicure they are paying mega bucks.
***Besides painting nails, I’ve got another fantastic use for polish: I discretely label clothing so I know whose is whose. For example, on the waistband of my stockings I write a “K’. One daughter gets a dot and my other daughter gets a diagonal line. Clever, isn’t it? My sorting woes are over with this method.
Besides going to the nail salon, ladies have their own collections of polish. So now is when I can impart Klutter Koach Pearls of Wisdom:
- Old, dried up, gunky nail polish should be thrown away
- Colors you no longer like or wear can be, traded with friend, given to a women’s shelter, or thrown out
- Put a limit on the amount of bottles of polish you own
- You can upcycle: I know one person who decorates empty bottles as a craft projects and turns them into mini vases
So whether your nails are long or short, polished or plain, I hope you enjoyed this post. If anyone wants to enlighten me on the acrylic-gel-ring finger-long nail questions, feel free to leave a comment.
Thanks for reading.
Karen, The Klutter Koach
February 4, 2016