I recently had to cut my usually long nails in order to go rock climbing. This was actually a very difficult decision for me as I love the look and have become accustomed to having long nails. However, I knew that I would rather cut them, and have them grow back in a few weeks, than chance breaking them and potentially hurting myself.
In the meantime, I thought of some of the pros and cons of having long nails:
- Pros of Long nails:
- I feel pretty...
My fingers look longer and more elegant
I get to say “Yes, they’re natural” (especially nice for me considering its the only thing anyone would ever ask a question that generated that answer...)
More area to do fun designs with
...oh so pretty
I have a built in thermostat if I look at my nails; when they’re purple, it means the temperature is 60 or lower (I can blame bad circulation and genes for that one)
Fantastic for scratching with
They make noise when drumming fingers on tables (good for annoying others)
Could easily be used as a weapon when in a crunch
- Cons of Long nails:
Accidental weapon by scratching/ stabbing of loved ones and coworkers when hugging/shaking hands
They make noise when drumming fingers on table
There is more area to get things caught under them (such as moisturizer, food, dirt, and other things that are just generally unappealing), making a nail brush kind of necessary
If you break one, you’re screwed- you can’t just leave one nail shorter or it throws your finger balance off, specifically when typing, writing, or doing basically anything with your hands
On that last note, you have to relearn how to do everyday tasks when you DO cut them
Things like playing instruments, rock climbing, or cleaning the house are daunting for fear of breaking your nails (and before you make fun of me for saying that, ask someone how it feels to have a part of your body ripped in the opposite direction it naturally grows, and THEN tell me I’m a wimp)
Upkeep to make sure they’re the same shape, you have no sharp edges that can be torn or broken, etc…
Sweaters, scarves, and pantyhose live in fear
It takes more nail polish to cover them
Putting contacts in can be a serious challenge
Pro/Con list aside, I ended up cutting my nails so I could actually grip small rocks while climbing. While my finger tips were unusually sensitive due to lack of actual contact with anything on a regular basis, I was able to hold on for dear life while climbing, so it was a success...for my fingers at least.
I ended up wearing some fake nails for my last photo shoot (something I had never even thought about trying before), meaning I have the option of taking them off, and doing things like rock climbing but still have long nails for shoots. So now I know, if I'm missing how my nails looked enough, I at least have the option of gluing some on (a strange concept when you really think about it).
What does everyone else think? Do you prefer to have long natural nails, or short natural nails with the option to put nails on if you wanted them for any occasion?