There is so much that can be told about an individuals personality and health just by looking at their hands. Particularly their nails. Even the doctor will look at our nails almost immediately during medical checkups, as the shape, the texture and the colour can tell so much about the state of our health.
What attracts me in a man are his hands. Large, strong hands, with healthy and clean nails (just like my Irishman's) - what can be more appealing?
Likewise, I try to take care of my own hands as well, feeling that hands are a mirror of our traits and habits. However, to my great dismay, working in a laboratory requires me to wash my hands almost constantly and I wear rubber or plastic gloves on regular bases. Therefore I know all about chapped hands and broken nails and I have to take very good care of my hands to avoid destroying them. These rough conditions make it almost impossible for me to grow my nails long, even though that is what I would prefer.
Even though I love makeup and wear a lot of it every day, I very rarely wear nail polish. In some way I like to let my nails breath and will only paint them for special occasion or during summer vacations. I love the way my nails flourish when I am absent from the lab and when I can coat them with colours and let them grow long. Still my favorite manicure is the French one, leaving the nails colourless and well cared for, with white tips and pink base.
Here are a few interesting facts about nails:
• Both hair and nails are made of the same protein, called keratin.
• Finger nails grow faster than toe nails.
• Men's nails grow faster than women's nails.
• Seasons and weather also affect nail growth. Nails grow faster in warm climates and during daytime, than in cold climates and at night.
• Nail manicure is a very ancient activity. There is evidence that even 4,000 years ago it was known to our predecessors.