About a year ago, I started paying attention to my nails. I realized that I felt more finished and chic if I had them trimmed and coated with some clear polish. It takes my nails a bizarrely long time to dry and I do NOT have the dexterity necessary to apply color, so I stick to clear.
Once I started maintaining my own nails, I somehow became more attuned to the world of nail care. And it’s a big, expensive, rather competitive world. I’d been immune to it before, but now I feel some pressure to keep my nails looking relatively fancy. Which I resent a bit. It’s not like I do a lot of welding or farming or anything that would make ladylike nails a true problem. But occasionally I’ll hesitate because I’m worried that some random task will ruin my nails. And then I do it anyway because eff that.
Do you feel pressure to keep your nails polished and pretty? What do you feel is the source of that pressure? Do you get regular manicures or do your nails yourself? Is it fun, a chore, or some mixture thereof?