Press-On Toenails Are My Bizarre Secret for a Cute, Fast Pedicure


It was greater than a decade in the past after I acquired horrifying information: My finest good friend had chosen strappy, open-toe sneakers for her bridesmaids’ ensembles. On the time, I owned no open-toe sneakers — possibly flip-flops for fast canine walks or the few-and-far-between journey to the seashore — and for what I deemed good cause. My toenails have been impossibly quick.

It was my very own fault. I might been an anxiety-driven nail picker my whole life, scratching and peeling my fingernails all the way down to the fast. And after I ran out of fingernails to destroy, I might hunt down my toenails. The end result wasn’t fairly, however closed-toe sneakers hid the proof of my behavior. Closed-toe sneakers weren’t an choice for the approaching wedding ceremony, nonetheless, and I had neither the time nor restraint to develop them out for the occasion.

My resolution on the time was one thing folks scoffed at after I mentioned it out loud however both marveled at or did not blink an eye fixed when executed: press-on toenails. I discovered a “French pedicure” set by Kiss, and whereas I’ve by no means actually liked the white-tip look, they totally did the job. They made it appear to be I had not-ravaged, properly polished toenails, staying put by way of not solely the marriage however a number of days after. I’ve by no means forgotten them and, the truth is, bear in mind them fairly fondly.

For causes I can not even start to elucidate, I’ve moved previous my greater than 30-year nail-picking behavior, and each my finger and toenails have grown out fairly properly. I am not essentially the most gifted polish applier, however that is been OK — I turned a nail-salon common for manicure and pedicures. However as soon as the pandemic made that impossible I discovered myself at a loss. 

See, my fingernails look loads good with only a clear coat. However whereas my toenails are longer now, the injury from my former compulsion is clear — particularly on my left large toenail. Whereas many of the nails look normal-ish, an enormous ol’ chunk of my left large toenail is noticeably yellow. Has been for a few years. I am undecided if it is fungus — it would not harm or scent funky — or if it seems to be that approach as a result of there’s actually no fast left underneath that a part of the nail (after I mentioned I might choose all the way down to the fast, I truly meant I might choose the fast, too), however it ain’t cute. Dermatologist Deanne Mraz Robinson tells me {that a} yellowness doesn’t essentially imply it has fungus or is contaminated — that darkish nail polish can stain the colour of our nails and make it look yellow — however I wish to conceal it both approach.