- 4 years ago
- Wedding: June 2017
Part rant. Part asking for advice.
I have two nails that are permanently shorter than the rest, one even more so. No matter what, these two remain short and can rarely grow out. I don’t know if these two are just permanently damaged and grow much slower, or if they’re that much brittle than the rest, but when I do throw on polish, it definitely seems like there is no gap that forms between the base of the nail polish and my skin where the nail growth is. I tried biotin and nail growth polish for a while to no effect on these two nails.
This is about how short these two nails are:
And this is the length of my other nails (normally, if there isn’t breakage):
It’s enough that it’s noticeable. It’s something like 3/16″ of a gap between the end of my nail and the tip of my finger for the shortest, and under 1/16″ of a gap for the average ones.
It’s driving me nuts. I’m happy with shorter nails, I just want them all to match, damn it.
I can’t physically cut down all my nails to match. It would be painful, and there will be blood- that’s how short these stubby nails are.
Honestly, I’ve never gotten my nails done at a salon, because my nails have been so short and it seems like it would be painful to get them filed. When I tried to go in recently, they were very pushy about UV gel nails, which I can’t get. I have a past with skin cancer- my doctor will kill me (metaphorically). UV gel stations were on the list of things I cannot do, along with tanning beds and not wearing sunscreen outside. (And yes, I know that logically “one time” wouldn’t affect my risk that much, but it was on my list of DO NOT DO, so I’m not going to do it.)
I can always try another salon, but I have a feeling that I need to go in with a set plan so I don’t get another damn “oh we can do gel nails” push.
Would acrylic tips be worth it? I don’t want long talons- I like the shorter look. Could they only do it on my two stupid nails and make them look like my normal one, or would I have to get a full set? Would I regret it later after they come off? There’s a lot of stuff out there about how they wreck your nails.
Should I try press ons? How can I make press ons fit? I bought a set to play around with, but they’re all too wide and long, and press ons seem to get a bad rep around here.
Should I just say screw it and embrace the shortness? It never really bothered me before, and honestly how many pictures am I going to want of my right hand? I’m planning on doing a nude or light pink color anyways, so how noticeable would they be?
If you’ve made it this far, thanks for listening.