#SoCS June 13/2020 – Nail

Linda’s #SoCS prompt today…

Your Friday prompt for Stream of Consciousness Saturday is “nail.” Use it as a noun or a verb. Have fun!

Ever since I was young, I’ve had issues with my nails.

They wouldn’t grow, then I didn’t give them a chance, by biting them to the quick.

After years of weaning myself off nail-nibbling, including various ways, like trying StopNGrow polish that tasted yuck, and dipping fingers in chilli powder (ouch, yes!) I finally stopped. I don’t think any of the above actually helped, I just grew out of it, but unfortunately, my nails didn’t.

After subjecting them to all that biting, they were weak. And I wasn’t graced with great nail genes either, as Mum was an even worse biter than me, and my Pops, well, he just cut them down all the time, so I don’t know if he had the capacity for beautiful, long, strong nails

So false nails became my saviour. I’ve tried so many different types of extensions, from fibre-glass, to acrylic, to gel nails. I even used gel polish instead of the normal. My last foray was into SNS dipping powder nails, where the colour is in the mineral enriched powder that is dipped onto your nails, creating a coloured hard coating.

I’ll tell you a little something. As an Early Years Teacher, I am subjected to a whole lot of washing, on a regular basis, from washing equipment, to water play, to washing hands, and water really softens my nails, weakening them more, so the SNS powders have been great at protecting them and allowing them to grow beneath. And every two to three weeks, I go and get them redone.

I do love my SNS nails. But the problem is that it is not easy to remove the product, unless you have the right acetone remover or equipment to do so. And guess what happened three months ago?


And with that, all nail salons shut!


Who’s going to help me sort out my nails? As they grew, the temptation was strong, to chip them off slowly. And that is never a good thing.

But, the plus side has been that my nails have had nearly three months of naturalness. No polish, or product on them. They are growing, still soft, but growing, themselves… maybe I can wean myself off getting them done regularly… (and save myself a pretty penny!)

I love pretty nails
My sparkling, polished talons 
Make me feel so glam!

Ritu 2020

Nailed it!

39 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. thereluctantpoet
    Jun 15, 2020 @ 01:25:31

    Reblogged this on The Reluctant Poet.

    Liked by 1 person


  2. robbiesinspiration
    Jun 14, 2020 @ 12:57:48

    I am also a nail biter, Ritu, although I haven’t bitten them lately as I have braces on my teeth at the moment. I still manage to bite the skin around them with the braces on though. I have never had false nails as I spend far to much time baking and messing with fondant and food colouring for that to be practical so I just put up with yucky nails. Luckily, I can now say categorically that I have no grey in my hair.

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  3. OIKOS™-Publishing
    Jun 14, 2020 @ 12:55:32

    Thank you for the great course about “Women and her nails”. 😉 Now, i want to see your Pops with long coloured nails. Lol
    Indeed, the advice with the chilly powder is very interesting. Michael

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  4. John W. Howell
    Jun 13, 2020 @ 17:30:07

    I heard gelatin capsules are supposed to firm up nails. (I just heard that. I’m sure you already know) It would be nice to avoid the nail parlor for sure.

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  5. syl65
    Jun 13, 2020 @ 15:49:52

    I use to be a nail biter growing up, now I have to keep them trim because they are hard and sharp like a cat.

    Liked by 1 person


  6. Jennie
    Jun 13, 2020 @ 14:29:17

    I feel your pain, Ritu. My nails are like potato chips when dry, and jello when soft.

    Liked by 1 person


  7. potatosandwich
    Jun 13, 2020 @ 14:12:55

    I keep mine short…..and if they tread over the ‘red zone’ then my better half definitely lets me know.

    Liked by 1 person


  8. Dan Antion
    Jun 13, 2020 @ 12:37:17

    Well done, Ritu. It’s hard to imagine how many things are affected by the virus.

    Liked by 1 person


  9. charlypriest
    Jun 13, 2020 @ 10:21:50

    What´s with you women and nails…… you weird people. SNS nails? Have to go to doctor Google to figure that one out, so at least you made me think. And actually gave me an idea to write about, the title of the post will be ” women…freaky nails!” or just being feeling good as a woman being all dressed up, as I call it. Even my mother in a comma wants to look nice so I guess it is inherit on you girls, hootttties! 😉 Looking forward for tomorrows Sunday Spidey, his wise words and the day you take him out I will hunt you, we as readers need Sunday Spidey
    Have a great weekend Mrs. Ritu

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  10. H.R.R. Gorman
    Jun 13, 2020 @ 08:41:21

    Never been to a nail salon – I think I’m like your dad, just trimming them down!

    Liked by 1 person


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