Hey everyone! Today I’m sharing with you the second in an open-ended series featuring everyday guys who have taken the leap into openly wearing nail polish. If any of you out there reading would like to take a crack at writing a guest post and showing off your swatches – hit me up at email@example.com!
Today’s post is from Wes, who contacted me via twitter. He seemed to have a lot of motivation and I liked his attitude, so I invited him to write a guest post. He followed up quickly.
Check out his story and swatch photos below!
For as long as I can remember, I have been fascinated by painted fingernails and toenails, and for just as long I have been attracted to women that wear nail polish.
However, I was brought up to believe that boys don’t wear nail polish and that it is only for girls. So I spent the first 31 years of my existence afraid to wear nail polish on my own hands.
Well no longer!
I started searching online for articles, blogs, or anything about men wearing nail polish. I was curious if I was the only man on earth that liked nail polish. Boy was I wrong!
I read post after post about guys that wore nail polish and how women were very supportive of it. The women all wanted their men to take care of their hands and feet and what better way to do it than getting a manicure and a pedicure.
After finding this encouraging information, I decided to begin down that path of wearing nail polish on my own hands.
I decided to take it slow at first. My first step was to stop biting my nails. I went to the store and purchase Hoof Hands Stop the Bite. This is a clear polish that is applied to the fingers and tastes horrible when bitten. This was a great first step, because it would allow my nails to grow naturally, which was essential before I could start painting them.
Next, I went for my first pedicure. This was a GREAT experience. The nail salon I found catered to men, which was a huge relief and surprise to me. I actually found that all nail salons tend to be very accepting, so guys don’t need to be scared to visit a nail salon.
During my first salon pedicure, I had my toes painted for the first time with a nice silver metallic color that matched my truck. I went out in public wearing this polish on my feet, and no one really noticed.
I had been afraid to paint my nails for so long because I was afraid of what people would say – and it turned out that I had little or nothing to fear after all!
Shortly after getting my pedicure, I found Scott’s blog. This blog was the push I needed. Scott showed that it doesn’t really matter if you’re a male; nail polish is for men and women.
Since finding One Gent’s Ten, I have acquired my first manicure and painted my nails.
I’ve gone out in public many times with my nails painted, and it turns out it really is OK for a man to wear nail polish. More men need to do so!
Since introducing my new habit to people I know, I have gotten a few ignorant comments: “Nail polish isn’t for boys,” “Guys aren’t supposed to wear nail polish,” and the obligatory “Are you gay?”
My response to these comments is usually something to the effect of – Nail polish is just that – polish, paint, nothing more. It enhances the look of your hands and feet, and that’s all!
I have also enjoyed many, many good comments: “I love your nails, what color is that?” or “OOO, You toes are pretty, are they purple?” and “I think it’s great that you are willing to push society’s standards.”
That last comment is a perfect tie-in, because that is exactly my goal – to push society so that they realize that men can wear nail polish if they wish.
The polish I am wearing in the included swatch photos is China Glaze Immortal from their Halloween 2012 collection. It is a dark grey with blue/purple/pinkish shimmer.
In closing, nail polish isn’t just for girls anymore – it’s for men also. Don’t let your fear of what people think stop you from wearing nail polish. Most people you encounter won’t care, and many will actually think it’s great that you do it.
Wes has been so inspired to spread the word that it’s ok for men to wear nail polish that he’s started a blog of his own! Check out his experiences at www.polishmemanly.blogspot.com.