Teen who hasn't cut her fingernails in four years says it takes her three hours to paint them
We live in a world where people are generally trying to fit in with the crowd. They're quick to jump on the latest fashion trends and ensure their personalities align with mainstream culture as much as possible. But, of course, amongst the more ordinary people in society, there will always be those who stand out from the crowd; the unconventional people who venture far outside social norms.
These people tend to set themselves apart from other people by dressing or accessorising themselves in a way that's outrageously different to the average man or woman on the street. Some of these people will even go down the route of cosmetic surgery, accumulating extreme body modifications in order to change their appearance beyond recognition.
Others will focus on a particular part of their body that they would like to modify or enhance. And, of course, not everyone will turn to cosmetic procedures in order to do this. In fact, even something as reasonably tame as growing your nails can end up setting you apart from the crowd to quite an extreme degree.
16-year-old Simone Taylor, for instance, hasn't cut her nails since August 2014. Incredibly, her nails are now nearly 10 centimetres (four inches) long and take three hours to paint. They've affected her so much that she has since had to relearn how to write and type in order to accommodate them.
Take a peek at how Simone goes about using her nails during ordinary tasks:
She also has to be extra careful while showering and getting dressed in order to avoid them breaking.
“My nails are too long to hold a pen properly now,” the teenager from Nuremberg, Germany explained. “I have exams at the moment and it’s hard to write, after one hour of writing my hands really hurt. On the computer, I have to type using my knuckles.”
“Luckily, German schools don’t have dress codes, so they don’t cause any issues there.”
“PE is a huge problem, though. I can’t play volleyball, basketball or anything similar. My PE teachers are always trying to convince me to cut my nails. They’ll never succeed to convince me – but that makes my grades in PE really bad.”
Simone had never really worn pail polish before and so watched some nail tutorials in order to learn how to paint her nails. She noticed that most of the artist had long nails and so decided to see how long she could grow her own.
She continued: “I guess you could say my addiction began that day, and I’ve been scared of nail clippers ever since.”
See how Simon manages to apply colourful contact lenses with her fingernails:
“It wasn’t my intention to grow them so long, but as they grew, so did the amount of compliments and they became more and more a part of me,” she continued.
“During my first year, I always thought to myself, ‘I’m gonna cut them tomorrow’ but I never did.”
Now, Simone’s thumbnails are around 8.4 cm, while her other nails are around 6.8 cm.
It normally takes about three hours to paint them. This includes applying two base coats and a top coat. It then takes another hour and a half to remove the nail polish. In order to strengthen them, she uses two coats of nail hardener and cuticle oil every time she paints them.
Because they're so long, Simone is aware that ensuring good hygiene is very important and so she cleans the undersides with a cotton bud every day.
In just a month, the teenager will go through at least two bottles of nail varnish remover, cuticle oil, and hand cream.
Having long nails certainly doesn't prevent Simone from taking part in ordinary teen activities such as texting. See how effortlessly she does it:
Because she usually sticks to cheaper brands, it only costs $32 a month to maintain her nails, which she pays for with her winnings from a nail contest she entered.
Speaking of her daily routine, Simone said: “Cleaning my teeth and using the toilet aren’t a problem. Funnily enough, a lot of people ask the toilet question when they see my nails for the first time.
“Showering is a bit more difficult. Sometimes my nails get caught in my hair, so I have to be extra careful.”
She added: “I also have to be careful getting dressed. Even if my nails don’t break, it hurts a lot when they get caught on clothing so I take things really slow. Buttoning up a shirt can take ages.”
Simone is very cautious as far as her nails are concerned and she's only broken a nail once, back in July 2016. She said it was one of the most awful moments of the whole year.
She went on: “My friends and I were climbing a gate that was stuck, and as I jumped down, my middle finger nail got stuck in the metal and broke.”
“I started crying and remember screaming, ‘Why my nail? Anything but my nail.’ My friends tried to calm me down but didn’t have much success.
“Fortunately, I had my nail glue with me, so I was able to fix it. I’ll never leave the house again without my magical glue.”
Back in May 2015, Simone decided to set up an Instagram page for her nails and has since built a following of devoted fans. Her posts are seen by people from all around the world and she has even gone on to win an online contest for long, natural nails.
Although she has received some negative comments, she admits that most are kind and supportive.
“I’m so grateful for those wonderful people. Thanks to them, I’ve always felt good about my long nails and will never cut them off, despite the negative comments,” said Simone.
“Every like, new follower or comment on my photos makes me smile every time,” she continued.
“I hope I can inspire people, not only to grow their nails but also to keep doing their thing, even though not everyone might like it.
“It’s important not to let other people bring you down because you look unusual. Differences make life interesting.”
Now, people like Simone may be difficult to relate to but we should always bear in mind that personal choices should be respected. If she is happy with herself and her overall look then that should be all that matters.