In high-school I was a biter. In college I had them cut so short and I was so busy I did not bother with them too much other than basic trimming and conditioning. Occasionally I would grow them out but for the most part they were off my radar until they became a nuisance.
When I started working I paid more attention to them and grew them naturally. I experimented with gel nails out of curiosity but they were just too expensive to keep me motivated.
I discovered Ask Cosmetics in 1995 and swore by it for cuticle conditioning, nail nutrition, healing hangnails and overall nail health. About five or so years ago something changed– and while it is not as good as I consider it to have been, it still seems better than many other products I’ve tried — just not the miracle I believed it to be. I like to try other treatments but always come back to their T.I.P.S. conditioner.
About four years ago I developed this nasty habit of picking at my nails and the skin around my nails, I’m serious it was really bad, I would pick at my nails and cuticles until they were so short they were painful (on some occasions I had to take Tylenol at night so the throbbing would not keep me awake).
As an attempt to stop my self torture I started forcing myself to paint my nails, what there was of them, with pretty colored nail polish. After a few false starts it worked! I transformed my picking addiction into a painting my nails addiction that lasted a few years.
I have been blogging about plus size shopping for over five years so it is not totally surprising to people who know me that I would start a blog about nails. I had a separate blog called, Nail the Look. I consolidated those posts into my BigGirlBlue blog.
These days, my nails do not get as much attention. I play the ukulele so my nails are cut super short on my fret (left) hand and normal length on my strumming (right) hand. You would think that during a pandemic I would be chomping at the bit to paint some nails.
To be continued…
Updated: June 2020