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Chris Tarman
03-20-2011, 08:43 AM
I was complaining about my nails the other day to my wife, and how ukulele playing was kind of rough on them, and how I don't really know how to take care of them...
She said "Well, I was wanting to get a pedicure this week... why don't you come with me and get a manicure?". And so, I, a 45 Year Old American Male, am going tomorrow to have my first-ever manicure. I'm not sure how I feel about this, but I'll update you all after it's over. Could I turn into some sort of addict, and go once a month? I can see that happening, actually.

KevinV
03-20-2011, 08:48 AM
Never had a professional manicure, but I dig the pedicure. I don't go on a regular basis but when I do...it's always an enjoyable experience. I'm mainly into the foot massage and callous grinding part of it.

fitncrafty
03-20-2011, 08:51 AM
I bet you will enjoy it and your nails will get all cleaned up! Plus it will probably make your wife happy and if shes anything like me brownie points for you.. never a bad thing right?
Let us know how you made out!

joeybug
03-20-2011, 09:02 AM
As McGee in NCIS says "Nothing wrong with a man treating himself to a manicure", all the cool guys do it anyway! Let us know how it goes, I'm a 29 year old female and I've only ever had ONE manicure

roxhum
03-20-2011, 09:05 AM
Hold on Chris. I know a man that has acrylic nails put on because he is strumming his natural nail off. You just might be one of "those" me who have to go in WEEKLY to have their nails done. Hee hee

Ronnie Aloha
03-20-2011, 09:11 AM
A lot of those salons have some hotties doing the nails...if that helps get you through the day... :)

didgeridoo2
03-20-2011, 09:20 AM
Tough for me to judge as I sit here watching march madness while I meticulously file my nails.

Gmoney
03-20-2011, 09:23 AM
Or you could always do it the way James Taylor does!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7BqISqpMRo8&hd=1

Maybe if you do it his way, you'll sound as good?!

ichadwick
03-20-2011, 12:59 PM
...a 45 Year Old American Male, am going tomorrow to have my first-ever manicure....
It's not a serious problem until you go in for waxing. Bikini waxing. On a regular basis....

Hippie Dribble
03-20-2011, 01:22 PM
I love a man who's in touch with his feminine side. :)

austinlee
03-20-2011, 03:21 PM
Just don't go around telling your buddies, it sounds a bit queer (as in strange queer).

beergeek
03-20-2011, 11:38 PM
Chris, while a standard manicure will help some and it feels good, it's not a cure (pun intended) for brittle nails and your nails won't necessarily be shaped for playing. I'm sure there are probably some manicurists that know exactly what you need but I haven't found one yet.

I think the JT vid that Gmoney posted is more along the lines of what you're looking for. It's a little extreme for me, but maybe somewhere in between JT's method and a standard manicure would be good....

Chris Tarman
03-21-2011, 06:31 PM
Well, I had the manicure today. It was OK. Other than cutting off about 2 pounds of dead cuticle skin and hang nails, I'm not that sure she did anything I couldn't have done myself. She doesn't seem to have shaped them any better than I do when I clip them myself. She did use more "filing thingies" on them... two or three different emory boards, some sort of "emory sponges" (or "emory blocks" maybe), and a dremel-type thing with about 3 different attachments. I guess after then initial treatment, my nails might start to look better on the ends. The girl didn't speak English well at all, and I was much more concerned with making sure she didn't use any colored nail polish on me! I would consider doing it again in a month or so, though. I'm a firm believer in supporting the local economy, i.e. "Paying people to do things that I can't or don't WANT to do myself". Believe me, there are a LOT of things I can't or don't want to do myself...

Chris Tarman
03-21-2011, 06:37 PM
Chris, while a standard manicure will help some and it feels good, it's not a cure (pun intended) for brittle nails and your nails won't necessarily be shaped for playing. I'm sure there are probably some manicurists that know exactly what you need but I haven't found one yet.

I think the JT vid that Gmoney posted is more along the lines of what you're looking for. It's a little extreme for me, but maybe somewhere in between JT's method and a standard manicure would be good....

I enjoyed that video a lot. I want to watch the one where he makes a pecan pie! I've always thought James Taylor seemed like a pretty nice guy. That was reinforced when my wife was in graduate school. A woman in her program (who we are still close friends with) had written him a short letter when she was in high school. One of her most prized possessions was the 6-page hand-written letter he sent her in reply. Not many "stars" take the time to do that, I'd bet.

mm stan
03-21-2011, 06:45 PM
More Middle Aged Male Ukers are getting manicures these days....a new thrend...hmmmm not saying you're middle aged yet Chris...

Chris Tarman
03-21-2011, 07:01 PM
More Middle Aged Male Ukers are getting manicures these days....a new thrend...hmmmm not saying you're middle aged yet Chris...

You might not be saying it, but that doesn't make it true! I'll be 46 in May, so that's pretty much middle-aged no matter how you look at it... *sigh*

mm stan
03-21-2011, 07:06 PM
Aloha Chris,
What do you call a person 10 years older??? double sigh... just saying..not admitting anything...
:old::music:

itsme
03-21-2011, 07:19 PM
The girl didn't speak English well at all, and I was much more concerned with making sure she didn't use any colored nail polish on me!
So, did you get some clear polish at least? :)

Honestly, most manicurists are doing nails for (mostly) vain women who want them "pretty" and not necessarily practical. A really popular shape these days is squared off tips, not at all conducive to musicians who use their nails to fingerpick. If it were me, I'd definitely inquire in advance as to whether or not any of their manicurists were familiar with musicians' nail needs.

And no offense to anyone for whom English is their second language, but if I can't communicate with you about what I want, then you ain't touching my nails!

Plainsong
03-22-2011, 12:33 AM
No offense taken over here. English is my husband's 3rd language. And while you can chat with him about many things, you probably wouldn't want him doing your nails! :D

Since he shares another hobby with Chris, I read this one out loud and he said that sometimes a guy just has to feel pretty. ;)

sukie
03-22-2011, 09:12 AM
Hey Chris -- Congrats on the mani. Felt good, didn't it? I don't think a manicure will really do all that much for your nails other than to keep them looking nice. What I have found to be very helpful is using this manicure file-type thing. I don't know the name of it. It's about the same size as an emery board but with at least 4 different types of "file". Each numbered part on the board does something to the nails. By the time you finish using each file on your nails they look great. They're basically buffing the nails to a high sheen. Makes my nails pretty strong and they haven't been breaking nearly as often as they used to. Your wife probably knows about them. Easily found at the drugstore or salon supply place. When I went to the dermatologist a few months ago she told me to take biotin pills to strengthen my nails.

janeray1940
03-22-2011, 09:27 AM
I don't know the name of it. It's about the same size as an emery board but with at least 4 different types of "file". Each numbered part on the board does something to the nails.

These things are great. And?? You don't have to go to a foo-foo beauty supply place to get them; I've seen them for sale at pretty much every guitar store I've ever been in :)

Skitzic
03-22-2011, 09:56 AM
These things are great. And?? You don't have to go to a foo-foo beauty supply place to get them; I've seen them for sale at pretty much every guitar store I've ever been in :)

Pretty much any retail store will sell these. Walmart, Kmart, all those mart type places.

Viola Harpstrings
03-22-2011, 12:27 PM
Chris, I think that's great. I saw a young man in the shop the last time I went. I wondered if he was a uker...
And there's nothing wrong with being a bit queer. My favorite people are a bit queer...
I don't mind if men try out stuff we take for granted, but what I don't like seeing is a really hairy guy wearing OUR clothes, and acting masculine... ewww.

OldePhart
03-22-2011, 01:27 PM
Since he shares another hobby with Chris, I read this one out loud and he said that sometimes a guy just has to feel pretty. ;)

BWAAA-HAAA - I think I'd like your hubby!

John

OldePhart
03-22-2011, 01:31 PM
I've been using "Tough as Nails" on mine for a while but I've found something far better. It's called "Nail-aid Maximum IRON Hardener" - available in WalMart and probably every other store on the planet. It applies more smoothly, lasts about twice as long as "Tough as Nails," and seems to leave the nails even harder than Tough as Nails. Good stuff. It's got a slightly blue tint in the bottle but not on the fingernail.

John

OldePhart
03-22-2011, 01:34 PM
I've been having great fun driving our adult daughter nuts. She lives with us (long story) and every chance I get I say things like, "darn, changing the oil in your car messed up my nails," or "honey," (to my wife) "have you got my nail polish again?"

Hey, if we can't torture our kids, what's the point in having them? :biglaugh:

John

Plainsong
03-22-2011, 01:48 PM
Am I the only girl who doesn't care about loosing a nail?? I used to not notice after a day with horses, I'd come in and notice my thumb felt like it was missing something. It was like "Well how long have you been gone?" "Oh, since you almost dropped the saddle."

Even with ukes my nails don't matter so much... unless it's Worth strings and then I realize I am using my nails a bit and the uke becomes a bit soft-voiced. I do have some nice thumbpicks I could reach for if it was really an issue though.

I'll have to point Anders to the forums. He's getting a UBass (his idea!), and he's a bass player that's never had an acoustic, so he may have questions for you other bass playing types. Or maybe just hang out. I'll tell him pipe smokers are here.

janeray1940
03-22-2011, 02:08 PM
Am I the only girl who doesn't care about loosing a nail??

I only started caring when I started playing! My whole life I've always cut my nails as short as possible, never got manicures, never used nail polish. When I started playing uke I spent a year trying to get my right hand nails to grow out for fingerpicking. I tried everything - filing instead of clipping, that nail hardener stuff, etc. They kept breaking. I never went the manicure/acrylics route, but I did consider it. Then I gave up.

Instead I decided to just basically ignore my nails. And then they started to grow out and not break. Weird...

Plainsong
03-22-2011, 02:30 PM
Yay! Another girl like me! I'm at that stage too, it'll do what it will.

mm stan
03-22-2011, 02:34 PM
I only started caring when I started playing! My whole life I've always cut my nails as short as possible, never got manicures, never used nail polish. When I started playing uke I spent a year trying to get my right hand nails to grow out for fingerpicking. I tried everything - filing instead of clipping, that nail hardener stuff, etc. They kept breaking. I never went the manicure/acrylics route, but I did consider it. Then I gave up.

Instead I decided to just basically ignore my nails. And then they started to grow out and not break. Weird...
It has happened to me too..I think the longer I play, the picking and strumming vibrates the nail and makes them stronger..
when I first started, they would break alot...now they are considerably thicker and haven't broken for a long while..even
when I get lazy and they grow out...they haven't broken..I'm knocking on wood on that one..hee hee
As for those finger picks, when I first started..I couldn't strum with it on my forefinger...now for some reason I can
play them fairly well strumming...as for when I do up picking...they still get hung up..hmmmm Weird...