Last week I was happily sitting at the hairdresser content in the knowledge that the mullet I seemed to have accidentally grown was being chopped and styled to something less bogan.
As I sat playing on Facebook and Instagram and reading magazines about how I too could be 45 kilos less in just three days, a message jumped out at my from facebook. Was anyone free in an hour to have their nails done? The Nail training school needed more hand models.
Sure. Free false nails, sounds good to me.
I was the lucky hands that got to sit about for a couple of hours and leave with new hands.
As a person who has the awful habit of picking at my nails, I left thinking how wonderful they looked.
Not only that, but the lady who did them was so nice, we chatted for a couple of hours and she was really good at the whole nail caper. It was a nice way to waste an afternoon.... and free.
But. No one told me about fake nails.
I tried to send a text message and check my work emails and I couldn't use my phone.
I am a social media manager who spends HOURS on a device each day, it is not good if you can't use your hands to do this.
The next day I had an accreditation meeting with big wig sorts who needed to be shown things online. I COULD NOT TYPE properly.
With fake nails you can't pick things up properly off the bench.
You can not get stickers off anything.
It was then suggested by my fellow colleagues (nurses in a hospital) that acrylic nails are not really what they want, as they are really bad for infections.
Great. My nails are not only annoying but also can spread disease.
I decided that I wanted to remove the acrylic nails.
Have you ever tried to do this? It's nearly impossible and comes with a big list of things to not to do as you risk ripping off the actual nail bed from your fingers.
I have been soaking my hands in chemicals to try and get these plastic suckers off, but so far, no luck. These babies are stuck on good and proper.
So if you are asking yourself the question: Should I get my acrylic nails done.
I suggest you ask yourself the following questions first.
Do you need to use your smart phone often?
Do you care about having infections in your nails?
Do you prefer to spend your nights doing things other than soaking your nails in paint stripper?
Do you like to be able to pick up small things with your fingers?
Do you like to avoid possible cancer causing chemicals leaking into your body?
If you answered YES to any of the above questions, then you should NOT be getting acrylic nails. No matter how good they look.
I need to go and soak for another hour now...how are your nails looking?
Do you have any tips on removing fake nails (painlessly)?