About the Nail Polish Therapist



          I have been fortunate enough to be exposed to nail polish and nails all my life. My mother has been a cosmetologist for the past 20+ years and I have an aunt and cousin who also do nails professionally. So you can say that manis and pedis in my family are very common place. At a very young age I had an obsession, if you will, with the appearance of my hands and feet. One story in particular demonstrates this the best: While out shopping for sandals with my mom, I refused to take off my shoes to try on the sandals because I did not have a fresh pedi. I was probably about 5 years old. My mother knew she had a problem on her hands.

          As I got older I would experiment with artificial nails on myself and my friends. I would give my mom and aunts pedis all the while perfecting my craft. I had no aspirations of going into the business because my mother didn't encourage it and I had dreams of being a teacher, lawyer, Wonderwoman, or writer. I was all over the place. Nevertheless, polishing my nails and toes always gave me a sort of satisfaction. Immediate gratification, with the sense of calm and cleansing you get after a session with your therapist (hence the title of my blog).

          After years of wearing all kinds of artificial nails I decided to once and for all wear my natural nails. I began with weekly manis then it grew into bi-weekly manis as my perfectionism tendencies became heightened. I grew pleasure out of seeing my growing nails polished so I started buying more polish. My mom helped my habit here and there with some polishes, files and wood-sticks. I guess you could say I definitely had a head start by watching her for years deliver beautiful natural manicures. I am an advocate of the natural nail but I don't mind a wrap here and there to save a cracked nail.

          This blog was created to capture all the joys I experience with the polishes I have collected in the past 2 years. I was not only inspired by the work of my mother, aunt and cousin, but the many nail polish blogs and sites I have found online which feed my addiction. I feel truly blessed to have found a creative outlet outside of writing, and I hope you enjoy my posts. This is an open forum so comments and feedback welcome both good or bad.  Thank you for passing by and feel free to follow me.

Keep Calm and Paint Your Nails...

7 comments:

  1. great nails love the shape

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  2. Thanks ladies! This blog is my new joy :)

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  3. Hi. I have a couple finger nails that tear/break in the same exact place after they get a certain length. What can I do to prevent this from happening? Would you suggest an acrylic overlay or silk wrap or something else? Please help me if you can. I'd like to see how long my nails can grow and I'd like them to be healthy.
    Thanks!
    Latoya

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  4. @ Latoya: I am not a fan of artificial nails but wraps are ok to strengthen nails and to patch tears and splits. Before you go this route, I would suggest taking Prenatal vitamins, biotin, or nail growth treatments. One that comes to mind is OPI: Nail Envy. It can be a bit pricey but after a few weeks of use you should see a difference. Another tip is to keep your nails rounded at the corners, that protects the nails from breaking and chipping. Hope this helps.

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  5. Thank you. I will try all of the above. I am not a fan of artificial nails either.

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