The Care and Keeping of Snakes
My favorite physical feature is 100% fake.
I used to be semi-self conscious about my hands. Specifically my fingers. They’re just…..snakey. They’re just really long, wiggly and….hiss (Jk. But they would if they could).
Flash forward to Sadie and I watching a binge watching a reality show that featured a woman who had LONG fab acrylics. Sadie suggested I give them a try. And once I did I WAS BORN ANEW.
Acrylics make me feel like me. Instead of concealing my snakiness, they enhanced it. I’ve had acrylics for about 3 years now, and never plan on going back. But they are a LIFESTYLE. If you’re interested here’s some tips.
-When you get a new set (i.e. your brand new nails) your fingers will hurt a little! I’m pretty sure it’s your nail bed getting used to this brand new foreign thing on top of them. Or the universe making you pay tribute for all the compliments you’ll get.
-Things that will be hard to do and you will have to relearn: swiping your card in an ATM, taking out contact lenses, (slowly!), picking up change (pro trip: press the coin into your finger pads and slowly lift, it’ll stick like 60% of the time.), typing at a reasonable volume (still have not mastered this), gentle high 5’s.
-The WORST FEELING IN THE WORLD is when you haven’t had a fill in a while and you put your hands in your hair and a few strands get caught in between the acrylic line and your new nail growth. Oh my god I hate it. Avoid at all costs.
-A quick list of things I use to open a beer/La Croix can instead of my nails: bobby pin, pliers, straw, pencil, tweezers, Tinder date, debit card. Don’t use your nails! It will break them!
-Gel Polish+Acrylic=the strongest nails ever AND no chipping. It’s a little bit extra for gel polish, BUT SO WORTH IT.
-Be a decent person and TIP WELL. Acrylics take a LONG TIME to apply/refill, time that a manicurist could do several regular manicures (ie: making more $)
Stay sharp (and shiny) girls!