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I prefer short nails… i agree with your desired length of 3-4mm. I refuse to grow my nails any longer than 5mm. I can’t stand long nails… something about them makes me think ew! I think it might be because long nails are harder to keep clean and… i have a thing with having clean nails to the point where i scratch soap to clean under my nails (god i hope i don’t sound weird admitting that). I also keep them short because of piano… or at least thats my excuse to have short nails πŸ˜‰

I have to have my nails very long with acrylic. I use them as tools for work when I am doing hair and makeup. I usually only keep very light pink clean colors on them so they don’t look so tacky. haha. I really can’t function without them because I am very rough on my hands and my real ones just don’t stand up to that.

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That makes sense, Stephanie! It’s funny that you say you can’t function without them, it’s hard for me to imagine what I’d do with nails that were super long!

I’m kind of curious to try gels, since they’re healthier than acrylics, but I’ve never plunked down the money to do so yet. Otherwise, I like to grow my own nails out to a functional, but attractive length. At least…until one chips and I have to cut them all down so they don’t look dumb. πŸ™‚ I figure nature will let me know when it’s time to cut them. Haha. But no, super long nails I don’t care for at all.

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Oh, I’m so bad! If it’s just ONE stupid nail that finds itself short, I probably won’t trim the rest down (unless it’s a huge gap, then I might trim them a little bit).

I keep my nails similar to your size Christine & Vinna, not longer than 5 mm ever! Usually they’re short – I don’t bite my nails – but they do gross me out when they’re long. Ditto about the cleaning part – though I brush them when I feel they’re getting discoloured.
I absolutely dislike long toe nails. Ewww.
I haven’t used acrylic nails as yet and keep my nails painted all the month – except for a few days in a month to “air” them. My toe nails are almost always painted.

I keep mine pretty short – you can see maybe 1-2mm looking at my palm of each nail… but I have deep nail beds, so they LOOK a lot longer than they are.

I hate acrylics and gels, though – I could never do those, I hate the way they look.

My nails get really long, really quick and I have a bad tendency to use my nails as tools (to pry things open), so I like to keep them short and squoval shaped πŸ™‚

First of all – I too like short nails (it could be a blogger thing) and I get very irritated if I”m not able to type quickly (which long nails don’t let me do).

Secondly: I’ve given you a You Make My Day Award for excellent blogging. You can read more about it on my blog, and give the award to blogs that you love!


I think if I were in a coma or something my nails would grow outward like big shovels. Seriously, they don’t know how to grow forward and not outward on the sides. I have to file them all the time. Sometimes I get sick of my shovels and just clip ’em. I think there are a lot of things I’d be kept from doing if I had long nails anyway, and since I type all day it would just get annoying if they were long.

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Hey Erin! That sounds so funny! (Though not at all pleasant!) My boyfriend cuts his nearly every other day for guitar playing because his grow weird, too.

well, my nails grow fast …their strong and thick…I keep them long..they some how make my fingers look long..but I dont grow them out too long…because they look tacky ..at least on me…I like the cute short square nails..I do that look alot…but they grow so fast I forget at times.

I am a “keep yours cut close to the fignertip” gal. The only reason is because I have very thin, brittle nails. I try to grow them and they just chip and break. Maybe you should follow this up with a “how to get stronger, longer nails” type article/post.

Short…. But that’s also useful for my job and research (mech/chem lab stuff). I also have fairly brittle nails so it’s a lot of work keeping them all in shape if they are long D:

I’ve never had my nails long in my life… they keep breaking D: Any tips?

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Hey kat! I understand how brittle nails can be a pain to keep up with! It’s kind of like hair, haha.

I will try to get an article with tips for nails soon!

My nails grow long and hard but I keep them cut short and natural. Sometimes I’ll use a nude polish but I never use a color.

Short nails all the way! I can’t stand seeing dirty fingernails on me or anyone else. I work in an airport so your hands get dirty really quickly and I hate the idea of all that grossness being in my nails…ewww!! And plus I like the way it looks more than long nails.

I keep mine really short. I use the Body Shop nail buffer on them and they have never been healthier!
However, I am a fan of using OPI nail polishes, so sometimes I am sporting that.

i keep mine about your same length. they grow very fast (i have to clip about once a week) but i need them short because i type all day at work. mine will grow VERY long if untended. i think fake nails are so gross, but i’ve never had short/brittle/etc nails so i’m sure that’s a factor with some people who get them.

I used to have medium length acrylics but kept them looking real. After I found out I was pregnant I took off the acrylics and haven’t put them back on since giving birth. Now, I keep my natural nails very short, top tip always at fingertip. I do this because I have a toddler at home and can’t have long nails for fear of scratching him. I get a manicure religiously every two weeks and paint my nails everytime. I pick colors depending on my mood and sort of what season it is. Right now I’m wearing Steamy from MAC πŸ™‚

Well, if my darn nails would grow & not break, I’d probably keep them short to medium in length. But since they constantly break/chip/tear, I just went back to acrylics. I do keep them short though, so they look pretty natural. I can’t have them long or I will break them.

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