I remember back in the day…I was at Nationals, actually…that my partner and I were talking about long nails. As a former figure skater, it just wasn’t even a second thought – we’d never have done it! Ever try lacing custom boots with long nails? NOT helpful. I’d have my skates on faster than you could blink – ice time was precious!
But he was going on about him much it affected one’s “line” on the floor. (Have you ever noticed how much we point in Latin, by the way? Half the time I didn’t even know what I was pointing AT! *lol*)
I knew from wee-hood about the magic of tan, nude, or baby pink footwear – in ballet, as much as ballroom (and even at the rink, if you recall Olympians back in the day with beige skating boots), those shades lengthen the legs. *If you didn’t know that, give it a whirl sometime – never underestimate the power of a great nude shoe!
I’m not going to lie, I thought the whole thing sounded terribly annoying – I’m an athletic type (my dancer friends called me a “jock.” Kind of made me feel like a high school linebacker, but whatever.) So even though I was prancing about bedecked in swarovskis, The thought of the going to a salon…sitting forever…and having to deal with longer nails at all, was just plain obnoxious.
Well…I tried gluing some on temporarily. Working in Product Development meant I had to sketch…and honestly, I was NOT used to the nail thing…so it was awkward. I mean, really? Who had time for that?!
After several rounds of gluing…and a few popping off…I decided to just GO. My coach was going to a place right next to the studio so I but the bullet and told the girl I wanted UV gel. Honestly, I’ve been doing it EVER since! (One of the girls where I get my mane cut had some WICKED black ones…UV also. Definitely line-lengthening.)
Most of the girls in ballroom do really wide French gel...but it just isn’t me. AT ALL. So I bought some UV glitter gel from eBay Hong Kong and have had my girl do a degrade with it ever since (we’re talking years.) My coach had a “signature” cut-out-crescent thing going on… For me, it’s glitter ombre, usually in silver, but sometimes I’ll do sheer color. They’re incredibly short when I have them done because they grow a mile a minute…but they are super fun AND super sturdy – weightlifting requires it!
My Sensei will generally take one look and say “oh, brother…” and I DID almost rip two off last week nailing a bag with one-two punches. But…par for the course. If they were JUST my nails, they’d have torn off OR be short and bleh.
Ninja with sparkles? I think yes. I mean, when I DO knock someone out, it’s nice to know my lines looked longer doing it! 😉