Why I Don't Get My Nails DidAngie Grace

I see these posts on HelloGiggles and Instagram all the time, with pictures of ladies’ nails with nail art and pretty designs and color and I think they’re giving me nail envy!

Truthfully, as a woman, you want to look pretty and feel pretty wherever you are, but my nails weren’t always a concern to me, until recently. I’ve been going out more lately, more than I have in years and I’ve experimented more with make-up and my look. There’s something about being a mom to toddlers and a kid that’s completely different from being a mom to twin babies and a toddler. When they were smaller, I couldn’t even wear dangly earrings, for fear of having little curious hands pulling them out and ripping my ears!

So, as a mom of sorta big kids, I can wear dangly earrings, and I can sleep through the night without worrying about changing diapers or feedings, and I can probably go back to caring about my nails… right? See, it’s not like I never worry about my nails. Sometimes they look atrocious and I have to do them. But it’s really hard to justify wanting to get my nails done.

First of all, I went to beauty school… for four months. I have a OPI nail kit and I buy a ton of nail polish when I see a pretty color. Yes, I can do my own nails, but I’m starting to realize there’s absolutely no fun in that! I don’t get the special hand massage that they give you, and there’s a great chance of messing them up. I mean, you just finished your nails and all of a sudden you have to pee! I mean, come on! Or that’s the very moment the kids want a juice box or fruit snack opened! Come on! And I certainly can’t do nail designs (remember, 4 months of beauty school? Yep, that was it).

Then there’s the time factor. When do I have time to do my nails?? Between taking the 6 year old to school, the husband working full-time and cooking dinner for 5 people, when do I have time to go to a nail salon?

And then there are the past experiences. There’s that time I had acrylics for my wedding, then a week later I thought they were too long and hated them and tried to peel them off myself. Yeah…terrible. Or that time I got acrylics and went to a nail salon to get them removed, and it took a bunch of soaking and it hurt when the lady pulled them off! Then they gave me a regular manicure, that I then went home and ruined washing dishes! And let me address the dishes situation…why get my nails done when I had to wash baby bottles and sippy cups and everything else by hand?!

2013 has been my year of “No Excuses” and trying new things. Though getting my nails done isn’t a new thing, I wasn’t going to let past experiences ruin what could be fun and make me just a little bit happier.

So today, after years of ‘not getting my nails did’, I got my nails did! And I love it! And if I have something I need to do (wash something by hand), I’ll wear gloves!

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  1. I work in a conservation studio where I can’t wear gloves most of the time. My nails never look nice, and the few times I’ve painted them–they’re chipped within hours. So sick of nail art pictures!

  2. I totally understand where she’s coming from. I have two girls that are 16 months apart, now 3 and 4, and when you’re changing diapers and making bottles at all hours, sleep is desperately in short supply. You tend to let things slide. I may have lived in messy buns, jeans, yoga pants, tees, and the comfiest of sneaks for a while, but I always did my nails. As a reformed nail biter, having them shiny, smooth, and pretty has kept me from getting back into that awful habit. They’re never going to be super long or strong due to the damage that 20 years of nail biting has caused, but I find a lot of relaxation in the ritual of doing my nails. I usually do them before bed, right before I go to sleep. I’m less likely to smudge them that way, for some reason. Right now, I’m rocking a hot pink base with a really awesome mixed black and white matte glitter from Hard Candy (called Black Tie Optional…so cool looking).
    I feel like doing my nails in weird, colorful, eyecatching ways is part of my identity–and no matter how busy I am, I always try to make time to keep them up.

  3. I went the whole acrylic nails avenue years ago, and I liked the idea of long nails but not the awkwardness of them being fake. After many long years, I finally was able to grow out and keep my natural nails long. Now all I want to do is a get a fancy gel manicure.