As if you needed persuading, here are a few reasons to get into nailart – you can’t even count them on all your painted fingers and toes!
1. A creative outlet
All too often I hear people complaining about not having a hobby or not having enough opportunities to utilise their creativity.
I recently came across Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs which outlines a human being’s five main requirements.
What I find so interesting is that creativity is at the top – although it may be the least essential for our survival, it seems to be the final contributing factor to that sense that we have all our ducks in a row. I guess that’s what nailart is for me – a reminder that all my other needs are fulfilled.
I find it amazing to read through each level and I feel so grateful to God when I realise how much I actually have.
2. Alone time for introverts
This one might not be relevant for everyone but I still think that most people appreciate some alone time. I absolutely love it and having painted nails is proof to myself that I have had time to myself each week.
3. It keeps you young
Research shows that when we stimulate our creativity we actually produce new brain cells which would otherwise deteriorate with age. Frank Herbert wrote that ‘creativity keeps the creator alive’ so for a long life, get painting your nails! I’ve also found that while seeking out inspiration for new designs each week my mind remains active, constantly learning and more in tune with what’s going on culturally.
4. Overcome a personal hurdle
If there’s a nailart technique that I think is too tricky or perhaps I’ve failed to master previously, the feeling when I make an improvement on my last attempt is so satisfying – a real personal achievement.
5. Receive affirmation
Gary Chapman’s book The Five Love Languages outlines the five ways in which we give and receive love: touch, time, gifts, acts of service and words of affirmation. I think I only realised recently how important affirmation is for me. And what’s great about nailart is that people really start to take an interest in your nails and compliment the colours or the design or your technique. There are so many things people notice and it fills my affirmation tank to bursting!
6. Give yourself a lift
If I’m feeling down, painting my nails gives me a huge boost – not just mentally with the sense of achievement I feel afterwards, but also, every time I then look down at my nails I can’t help but feel happy.
I find myself looking at my nails so much – typing away at work, or putting my bank code in while paying for something, or when I push the button for the lift – it makes me feel so good inside.
7. A talking point
I can’t tell you the number of times I’ve been at a party, the conversation has become stilted and the topic of nailart has literally saved the day. Partly because it’s one topic I can probably talk about for hours on end!
8. No dresscode theme is too tricky
Shock horror – that party invitation has come through the post with some ridiculous dress code theme and I have absolutely nothing to wear. And I don’t even mean that in the way that the thought crosses my mind but in reality I have three or four options in my head as possible back-ups. I mean nothing. Zilcho. Diddlysquat.
Suddenly, it’s as though trumpets fanfare in my head – ‘NAILART TO THE RESCUE!’ It can literally save you from even the most obnoxious dressing up themes.
9. It gives you steady hands
The more you practice, the better you’ll be. Your hands may be shaky the first few times but the more you do it, the more you’ll notice improvements in your concentration, ambidextrous-ness and steadiness.
10. Compulsory relaxation while they dry
Surely one of the best reasons to paint your nails is that you have to pause afterwards. Quite frankly it’s obligatory and would be rude not to. In the busy-ness of day-to-day life who doesn’t appreciate an excuse for a mega chill?!
11. Planning your next design gives you a buzz
I’m sitting on the underground gazing into space and my mind starts to wander. Suddenly, a vague thought will sprout in my head and I’ll realise I’m forming the beginnings of a nailart design. A light will switch on in my head and the idea will grow and develop and I can’t help but get excited about getting home and giving it a try.
12. It populates your social media
I can’t even remember the last time I did something remotely Facebook-envy-worthy. Friends are posting trips to exotic locations and quirky nights out and FOMO is beginning to rear its ugly head. NEVER FEAR – NAILART IS HERE! (Is it just me or is nailart starting to sound like a wannabe superhero?!)
But seriously, the beauty with nailart is that it is beauty worth sharing, so get it out there on Instagram, Twitter, Facebook and let the world see it!
13. An update to any outfit
Whatever you’re wearing, if you have beautifully painted nails it can’t help but make your outfit pop. And, in opting for different colours each week it actually encourages me to wear a wider range of clothes – sometimes I’ll even wear items that I haven’t worn in months, or normally wouldn’t feel I could pull off. Seriously – who wouldn’t be up for an updated wardrobe every week?!
14. Achievement builds confidence
For me personally, nothing quite compares to that feeling of achievement when I successfully complete a design that had previously intimated me. It spurs me on to the next venture and gives me confidence to tackle other challenges.
15. Your nails look beautiful
Need it be said that with painted nails you are always surrounded by beauty and you begin to notice details and colours in so many other things around you too.
16. They tell a story
My memory isn’t the best. But I have found that by taking my circumstances and portraying them through nailart I can look back at photos and, like a journal, can remember events that took place at that time, how I was feeling, who I chatted to, and generally what was going on in my life. In the same vein, they enable others to have a small window into my life too.
17. It brings out a surprising side in men
I must say, this isn’t a benefit I had expected with nailart but I have found men to be as intrigued as women when it comes to nailart – if not more so. Not that any of them would ever adopt my designs but one male friend has explained that nailart causes men to notice a woman’s femininity. Another even said that he became quite emotional looking at photos of my nails!
18. Creativity leads to vision in other areas
When your mind is filled with the excitement of creativity you can’t help but apply it to all areas of your life and to see things in new ways. As Maya Angelou wrote ‘you can’t use up creativity. The more you use, the more you have.’ Since getting into nailart I have had a more visionary approach to my work, enabling me to think more outside the box when brainstorming projects in my job.
I find painting my nails immensely therapeutic. I feel like I have been spoiled with a spa treatment. I get a huge amount of enjoyment from the whole process.
20. It is a blessing to others
With painted nails, not only do you bless others around you by enhancing the aesthetics of their surroundings, but when you get good at nailart you can bless your friends by painting their nails too. You get to spread the love – a huge honour!
21. Creativity connects you with God
In my opinion, the best benefit of all when it comes to nailart is that it enables me to feel closer to God. Julia Cameron articulates it far better than me when she writes,
There is an indwelling, underlying creative power infusing all of life, including ourselves. When we open ourselves to our creativity, we open ourselves to the Great Creator working with us and within us … We ourselves are creations. We are meant to continue creativity by being creative ourselves … Creativity is God’s gift to us. Using creativity is our gift back to God.
What an immense privilege.
If this has convinced you to give it a go then why not read an Introduction to Nailart to help you get started.