I had to break up with my nails yesterday. SO SAD.
I have been on my #OperationNailGrowth journey for almost an entire year. I’m shocked to say that I made it the whole time without any major breaks! I went through phases in the last year where I sported shorter nails, but it was by choice. I’m usually super careful, but every once in a while – I slip. Yesterday afternoon, while pulling out a new package of printer paper it all went down.
It just happened so fast! So many thoughts running through my head. How!? Why?! Did that really just happen!? If only it were a crack & I could salvage it! Can’t I just rewind!? I was so bummed. (This is so dramatic lol)
There comes a point where you just have to say to yourself “it’s just a nail” and you move on.
Luckily, I’ve been here before & I’ve got a few coping mechanisms. 🙂
1) It’s okay to mourn. You had a connection with that nail! You spent so much time growing it, shaping it, hydrating it. (Literally just clicked with me that nail care & gardening are nearly identical hobbies. Makes me feel a little less crazy.)
2) Ok. Enough crying. At this point, I have to cut all of my other nails off. The effort of putting on one fake nail is wasted on me. I know that under the polish is an impersonator & it doesn’t feel right. So, I have to get them all on the same playing field. Which in actuality is really a good thing! I can cut/file down my surely damaged tips and start growing 100% fresh & healthy nails again!
And don’t forget… they WILL grow back!
3) Get excited by looking at old pictures of your short nails! They weren’t *that* bad…
4) Start a “Short Nails” Pinterest board! Thank goodness for Pinspiration. Browse the beautiful short nails of others & realize that you too can now achieve these looks!
5) Get a MANI! Time to hit the salon, or browse your polishes & pick out a fabulous new color to rock! Take this opportunity to let your nails breathe & skip the gel for a bit. 🙂
…Just remember, it’ll all be okay 🙂
In the meantime, follow some of my Nail Care tips & in 3-4 weeks, you’ll see some significant growth. There are worse things that could happen – embrace the baby nails for a bit!!
What are your tips for when you break a nail?