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Old 06-17-2009, 01:26 AM
 
Location: CA
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I have acrylic over my real nails...but I keep them at a sport cut length. I like it cause it doesn't really chip. I feel polished with my nails done and don't like to get a regular manicure b/c it chips in a day or two on me. I guess to each their own, I am 25 and have been doing my nails since I was 17 and I love it.
I used to wear acrylic like that because my nails won't keep polish on them either. I have oily nail beds and polish just peels off in strips after a day or two. The acrylics were not long though. I've never been a fan of really long nails. I just keep them short and use a clear polish now.

On some people, longer ones can sometimes lengthen the finger and can even look elegant. Too long is too long though...

My older sister does the long nails in bright colors....she just thinks it's fun. I'm not a fan, but whatever.
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Old 06-17-2009, 07:33 AM
 
Location: Philaburbia
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I like somewhat long nails. Not ones that start curving in, but a nice long oval shape.

Alas, whether I like them or not, or whether they're in fashion, I can't type when my nails are any longer than a smidge over the tips of my fingers. And seeing as I type for a living, the long nails have got to go.
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Old 06-17-2009, 12:52 PM
 
Location: On the Ohio River in Western, KY
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What do we consider long anyway?

I consider mine short/med length, but I have the feeling some in here would call them long.

From my cuticles to the edge they are about 5/8" long; from the tips of my fingertips, it's about 3/16-1/4" long over the tips.

Not long IMO, but long enough to notice, and have a nice manicure, but not too long I can't even make a fist with them, lol.
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Old 06-17-2009, 01:46 PM
 
Location: Maryland
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I keep my nails short to medium length. I've never had them done at a salon. I always manicure and polish them myself. Same with my toenails. I couldn't stand wearing fake fingernails.
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Old 06-17-2009, 02:06 PM
 
Location: Wash DC
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This is no lie. At Walmart I work with a woman who has grown her nails to an average of 4 inches. The longest one is 6 inches. Hard to measure them because they are curled up and twisted. So gross. She's a cashier and she uses her knuckes to work the register...ours are touch screens. She's proud as can be of those things. I so want to ask her how she wipes her butt when she poops but I don't dare!
That is so gross! How can you work at that place with those kind of people?
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Old 06-17-2009, 02:45 PM
 
Location: Some place very cold
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What do we consider long anyway?
Anything more than 1/20th of an inch of the white stuff showing. I keep mine as short as possible, otherwise it gets in the way of my typing!!!

I like to type super fast.... zoooooom!
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Old 06-17-2009, 03:06 PM
 
Location: Philaburbia
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^^I know it's time to trim my nails when I start making numerous typos.
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Old 06-17-2009, 03:14 PM
 
Location: Orlando
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I used to do the acrylic nails but never to make them real long. I quit doing that about 4 years ago and have no desire to get them again.

My natural nails are less than 1/4 inch long but I keep them clean and shaped. I think my hands look better with this length than having them all cut off.
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Old 06-17-2009, 03:21 PM
 
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Seriously, what is the purpose of long fingernails? Are they even in fashion anymore? I remember having them when I was young, but now I can't stand long nails. I keep my nails super short. It's easier to type with short nails and button shirts. And I think they look good short, too, especially when painted bright red!

I also I see long nails as a hygiene issue. Do you realize how much "yucky stuff" gets caught under long nails? What happens when you scratch your underarms, private parts, or flaky scalp and then go back to mixing the meat loaf you are preparing for dinner?

Your thoughts please...

W.
Eeeeewwww! Major Eeeewwww... sorry the meatloaf/dirty hand thing got to me.

I keep my nails a little long. Not like talons or claws or anything, but just enough to give my husband a good back scratch. They are never so long as to interfere with text-messaging from my phone or typing on the keyboard.

After my shower it's kind of part of my routine to push back my cuticles, file my nails a little, and do a little mini-mani/pedi. If you do it daily it's easy, keeps things simple. I keep them filed nice but I don't usually do nail polish or anything unless it's a special occassion. I'm a bit of a clean freak and can't stand my hands to be dirty. I wash my hands and use a scrubber under my nails often throughout the day. I'm a mom, so I'm almost always by a sink doing something!

And when I make meatloaf, burgers, anything that requires you working with your hands I either use gloves or make sure my hands are especially clean. I can't stand touching raw meat, so I keep big boxes of those surgical gloves in my kitchen that I use when I have to do that kind of stuff. I use them when I make cookies, too, as it helps the cookie dough not stick to me hands as much. And for house cleaning I have a regular pair of sturdy rubber gloves that not only keep my hands clean, but also protect my hands and nails while I'm giving the house a good scrub-down.

I give my husband manicures and pedicures, too. No polish of course! Just the guy version... For years he resisted my attempts to play "beauty salon" with him... but finally he succumbed. Now that he realises how relaxing it can be, and how much softer his feet and hands are (which I like better,too!!) he likes it a lot. Don't tell him that I just told the whole online world this!!
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Old 06-19-2009, 08:10 PM
 
Location: 602/520
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Seriously, what is the purpose of long fingernails? Are they even in fashion anymore? I remember having them when I was young, but now I can't stand long nails. I keep my nails super short. It's easier to type with short nails and button shirts. And I think they look good short, too, especially when painted bright red!

I also I see long nails as a hygiene issue. Do you realize how much "yucky stuff" gets caught under long nails? What happens when you scratch your underarms, private parts, or flaky scalp and then go back to mixing the meat loaf you are preparing for dinner?

Your thoughts please...

W.
Seriously, what is the purpose of any form of vanity? What's the purpose of lipstick, long hair, high-heeled shoes, eyelash extensions or anything else?

Long hair is a hygiene issue as well. It is much easier to clean and maintain short hair, but yet there are people who go around with their long, dirty, greasy hair flopping/flapping in the breeze. Or there are people who get hairweaves and extensions, which is basically sewing someone else's dead or dying hair onto your head for the purpose of having long hair. What's the point?

Obviously people do things that are not always clean in the name of vanity.
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