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post #1 of 29
Thread Starter 
Do you prefer short or long nails? (fingernails, that is).

I prefer them short b/c it's easier to get things done and they don't get in the way - especially when I'm using the keyboard. But I keep them fairly long b/c I have a nervous habit of picking at/playing with them, and if they're not long, I'll pick at the skin around my nails till they're sore and sometimes bleeding. Most of the time I'll just use those fake glue-on kind, b/c if they break, all I have to do is glue them back on. Besides, they're prettier!
post #2 of 29
I prefer them medium long and manicured.
post #3 of 29
I like to keep them in-between long and short. The only problem with that is the fact that my bird, Tiki, likes to bite my nails (yes, he's a little green weirdo). I end up having to clip them shorter than I like them thanks to him.

I love to cook and shorter nails helps keep them cleaner and is more sanitary. Typing is easier too with shorter nails.
post #4 of 29
I love long, manicured natural nails. I think artificial nails look, well, plastic. I love real nails. My nails are long and I try to take good care of them! The middle fingernail on my right hand always breaks though. For some reason, it is weaker than the others.

Oh, and DH loves long fingernails, too. He is always making me scratch his back, his beard, his head... You know, stuff...
post #5 of 29
Hmm... I'm not sure how to define the length I like them. Kind of... Medium, I guess. Enough that there's plenty of, um, white nail (does that have a name??), but short enough that I can type and function well!

Like zorana_dragonky, I like real nails! Can't stand the fake ones. I mean, they're fine on other people, they just feel weird on me. I think it's that glue.
post #6 of 29
I love the look of long nails, real ones, not artificial. However, I rarely get to grow mine because I'm a pianist/organist and long nails click on the keys.
post #7 of 29
I like the look of longer nails, but if I don't keep mine short they drive me nuts!
post #8 of 29
I am very half and half. I have to keep my left hand short for my guitar playing and I try to grow my right hand long. I said try. They are so useful for picking off labels and ...well you know.
post #9 of 29
Short! When they start to grow and I forget to cut them they get bent back at work and I really hate that. It`s so cringe worthy.
post #10 of 29
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Originally Posted by Jaffacake View Post
Short! When they start to grow and I forget to cut them they get bent back at work and I really hate that. It`s so cringe worthy.
......eeeeeeekkkk!!! It hurts just to think of it...I keep mine very short, just a habit after waiting tables for many years. The long ones with pics painted on can be very beautiful, but, IMO, only for the ladies.
I'm being sexist, but I can't stand long nails on men, esp. that "super-duper" long, pinky nail that some of the far eastern cultures use (like a Dr. Fu Manchu). I've waited on guys whose long, yellowed, curled, pinky nails made me want to hurl, just looking at them
post #11 of 29
Forgot to add, I also don't like long, RED fingernails. They look just like a hawk's talons, when it's caught some poor little critter, and it lifts one leg up, to readjust things--those talons are long, shiny bright red
post #12 of 29
I keep my nails medium long, it's handy for opening certain food packets and even the small flap that covers my petrol cap (can't open it with short nails! )
post #13 of 29
I prefer mine short. i get mine done every couple of weeks. I have acrylic on top but the length of the nail is mine, not artificial. i get the acrylic bc i cant keep my nails long otherwise. i bite them when they get long enough. plus i think they look nicer. i love the look of the longer nails, but i just wouldnt be able to function with nails that long. i have a cell phone with a keyboard, the Sidekick LX & wouldnt be able to type on that or a computer, or do anything else for that matter.
post #14 of 29
I have medium length nails, except for my thumb, it just won't grow! I don't get them manicured although I wish I had the extra money to do that
post #15 of 29
Thread Starter 
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Originally Posted by zorana_dragonky View Post
The middle fingernail on my right hand always breaks though. For some reason, it is weaker than the others.
Hmmm. Is it maybe due to road rage?

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Like zorana_dragonky, I like real nails! Can't stand the fake ones. I mean, they're fine on other people, they just feel weird on me. I think it's that glue.

I didn't like the fake ones at first either - but you kinda get used to them after awhile.

I used to grow my real nails really long, but it's easier to use the fake ones b/c if one breaks, you can just glue it back on. If a real one breaks, ya gotta wait forever for it to grow back. And it looks weird if you have one or two broken ones, while the rest of them are long.
post #16 of 29
Thread Starter 
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I'm being sexist, but I can't stand long nails on men, esp. that "super-duper" long, pinky nail that some of the far eastern cultures use (like a Dr. Fu Manchu). I've waited on guys whose long, yellowed, curled, pinky nails made me want to hurl, just looking at them


When I used to work at Wal-Mart, there would be some guys that would come in with those long, yellow, dingy nails. What made it worse was the fact that they had dirt caked underneath them..

I absolutely hated having to take money from them. It would just gag me! As soon as they paid for their stuff and left, I'd shut down my register and go wash their filth off of my hands.

There were women who were just as disgusting, too. Some of them would keep their money in their bras, and pay for their stuff after hauling the money out. Gag me with a spoon!!
post #17 of 29
Since I am a guitarist/pianist/saxophonist, I keep them very short. So short that more often than not, I end up cutting the skin underneath the nail. The shorter they are, the better I can play.
post #18 of 29
Of course short....I´m male...
post #19 of 29
I have mine trimmed fairly short because I have a problem with them being to soft and if I let them get to long they end up spliting which is very painful...
post #20 of 29
Mine are medium long right now, and they're just about right. If I dont keep them polished and filed they break really easily or I bite them. When they're done up nicely though I dont fuss with them. I am hard on my nails though, I do my own manicures because I ding it up so often I cant afford to go in to the salon 3 times a week.

My fave color is Cha-Ching Cherry by OPI :P
post #21 of 29
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Originally Posted by CoolCat View Post
Of course short....I´m male...
Please tell my husband men should have short nails. His are usually longer than mine, and stronger (I hate him) When I complain he says they are his spare screwdrivers.

I LOVE the look of my hands with long nails but they just won't work with me. It seems like if I completely ignore them and let them do their thing, most will start growing but will need shaped. As soon as I shape them, they start breaking and tearing. So, I just gave up. Funny thing is, the nails I really don't have any problem with are my ring fingers and pinkie fingers. All the rest are just stubborn.

I've had acrylic nails twice, once for a friends wedding and once for mine, and I hated them! The first time I didn't file them down futher before the rehersal dinner, and I honestly couldn't eat because I wasn't used to my fingernails being that long...I couldn't hold a fork or knife. And, forget about writing (yes, I had to sign as a witness...I don't think the signature would hold up in court). I also couldn't stand the feeling, and scratching just wasn't the same. It was like I was scratching with a 2X4.

Now, if only my fingernails were as strong as my toenails I would have it made! My toenails can be lethal weapons, and my husband swears they should be outlawed. But, they DO come in handy sometimes.
post #22 of 29
i like the way long ones look... but i have really crappy nails - they flake off in layers, & then they're really thin & break. so i keep them short.
post #23 of 29
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Originally Posted by laureen227 View Post
i like the way long ones look... but i have really crappy nails - they flake off in layers, & then they're really thin & break. so i keep them short.
What she said
post #24 of 29
I like medium length nails but my nails are so thin that they are like razor blades and they bend and break and/or peel and/or split down the centre. So they never get very long. Also, when I work I can't have long nails because it's hard to grip IV needles and stuff, not to mention that I could stab/scratch someone with them.
post #25 of 29
I keep mine short cos they always break lol
post #26 of 29
I keep mine long. I like the look and I have really strong nails. The pets like em long too! I the always come to me when they need a hard to reach place scratched
post #27 of 29
I'm a nail biter. I have tried EVERYTHING to stop. I will go through phases that I let them grow out for months and they look pretty then something makes me mad or I get nervous and I bit them off. They look god-awful! Right now I have them painted black and they have been for a few weeks in preparation for the game tomorrow

Someday I would LOVE to have long beautiful manicured finagernails
post #28 of 29
Gross! Do you know what can be under those nails? I can't even stay in the room with someone biting their nails.
I have to keep mine really short so I will not scratch my massage clients.
post #29 of 29
I love the look of medium long natural nails. Unfortunately, they aren't practical for me at work....too hard to tie suture and make close approximations of tissue planes. Artificial nails are forbidden in ALL direct patient care areas in our hospital. They are a breeding ground for fungi and bacteria, no matter how much you wash your hands. My nails are paper thin and weak, probably from doing daily surgical scrubs, and wearing latex gloves for the last 25 years. In the winter my skin gets so cracked and dry from the chemicals in the scrub soaps. I wish there was a magic cure for dry skin and weak, peeling nails!
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