In my "Moved" post from December, I wrote that I was going to get my nails done, and was thinking of going acrylic. For whatever reason, I never followed up on that little tidbit.
I got my pedicure in the usual way, but I talked to the nail tech, a nice lady named Kim, and told her how I was feeling. I thought acrylic nails were those plastic-looking things, but what she did was brush on this acrylic powder, and shape the nails that way. Once they were buffed into the proper shape, she gave me the American manicure I wanted. That was three weeks ago.
I am pleased to report that the acrylic held up great. The polish was starting to look a little ragged the last few days, but it looked okay for work. My nails had gotten long in the interim, and if they had been natural, I'd have worried about breaking them.
Today I went in for another pedicure and got my first fill-in. This is where the tech brushes on additional acrylic to fill in the gap between the previously applied stuff and the nail bed, and then buffs it all down to shape. For years I've been coming into salons and seeing the price list for "Full Set" and "Fill-Ins", without comprehension. Now I understand. I can be so dense sometimes.
After the last trip to the salon, I took photos of my nails to show off here, but a few days after my camera died inexplicably, so you'll just have to imagine how they look.