One of the things I love about polishing my nails is all the new little facts and techniques I pick up, just reading others posts and talking to people who ask about my nails.Editor’s Note: I’m going to mention that the following story rambles a bit, but there is a point to it all, and a question at the end. If you want to skip to the question, it’s down a few paragraphs, I won’t be offended.
A little over a week ago, I was at a party at a friend’s house, and met a very nice lady, (Hiya Jennifer!) who happens to work for Minx and we had a great discussion about Minx versus polish. Of course it’s hard to beat the look of Minx or duplicate the intricate designs, but the subject of how long it lasts came around and Jennifer said that her Minx nails lasted up to 2 weeks. Here is a quote, directly from the MinxNails.com web site.
Same as polish, or longer. 4 – 8 days on anyone’s fingernails, even a dog groomer, and 1 – 2 weeks on many.
So I surprised her a lot when I told her, my nails usually last 2 weeks or longer and I finally either get tired of them or they grow out so far the back edge looks bare and funny.
To be fair, I’m retired and don’t do a lot of work with my hands. But I do dishes without gloves and most normal things a person does. I am careful to not use my nails as tools and I don’t bite or pick at them and I rub vitamin E oil on them once a week or so. I don’t consider that over protective care, yet I seldom get a chip or pop off during the lifespan of my current set. Jennifer opined that it was hormonal, and that men just naturally have better nails and therefore the polish lasts longer, but due to current fashion, very few men benefit from that because they don’t use polish.
So here’s the question. See, I told you there would be a question. Is Jennifer correct, do men just normally have nails that take polish better, or stronger, or whatever factor leads to a long lasting polish? Or, is a 2 week polish job not really that strange?
These pictures are from two different cameras, and the focus on the latter set didn’t come out that great, but I think you can see that all the polish is still there, except for the growth at the base of my nails. I guess my point is, whatever the reason, I’m very grateful I don’t have to polish them every 4 or 5 days. I doubt I’d keep it up if that were the case. You ladies sure go to a lot of trouble to become beautiful. I’m sure glad mine is mostly natural. 🙂