“Whatsoever the mind can conceive, the hands can achieve.”-The Gypsy Chronicles
On a recent trip to the nail salon (my new guilty pleasure, allhardworking women need pampering), I caught myself wondering what the other women in the shop did for a living. Though their outfits suggested that they worked in business casual environments, their nail styling choices screamed King Burger. Why anyone would choose to sport 2-inch neon green acrylic tips with glow-in-the-dark glitter accents and electric blue swirls to adorn their hands is beyond me. Whether you want to admit it or not, your hands speak volumes about you. They are an extension of you, a conduit for expression (if you’re a New Yorker like me, our hands speak louder than our voices). Please keep them moisturized, clean, and properly edited. If you wear tips or have your natural nails wrapped, please keep them short. It is trashy, juvenile, and not to mention unhygienic to wear your nails long. Though you may wash your hands often, you do not spend the same amount of time cleaning each nail before you eat or touch your face. Ew.
Contrary to popular belief however, in most business casual environments, the french manicure or the clear nail is not the only option for working women. These days, there are a variety of nail colors/styles that are acceptable in your everyday work environment. If you work in a stricter work environment, always opt for beige, french, or clear. Don’t let your hands stop you from going where your mind is headed.
NOTE: No matter how sophisticated your nails look, you will come off as sloppy if your hands are not moisturized. Keep a tiny bottle of lotion in your purse to apply after washing your hands. If you are at an after-work event and your purse is too small to fit lotion, believe it or not, chapstick will also do the trick.