You Gals Have Extremely Strong Opinions About French Pedicures
Whoa. I just went to buy a French pedicure pic for this post (yes, we actually pay cold hard cash for our super-cute images, unless they're provided to us by pr types or we snap 'em ourselves) and I encountered major, maaaajor scariness.
What kind of scariness, you ask? Long-toenail French pedicure scariness, that's what. Long-toenail French pedicures are what drove me to write this post in the first place, so the fact that there are so many frightening pics out there in the world makes me really feel like I'm onto something. Like I'm almost doing a public service...
But I don't want to get too judgy about French pedicures just yet. Rather, I'll let you guys do all the judging. Because, man, do you have opinions!!! I posted a poll on Facebook, asking where all my various "tribes" stood on the issue of French pedicures, and I got beaucoup feedback.
I'd like to summarize and "top line" some of that feedback for you now.
Here are the results of my extremely unscientific FB polling on French pedicures:
1. It's Kinda North Vs. South
When I posted my poll, I didn't expect many New Yorkers to weigh in. Wrong! I got just as many comments from my Gotham gals as I did from St. Pete and other FL locales.
The main conclusion? Northerners are way less into French pedis than Southerners are. That doesn't really surprise me, although I was a little shocked at the level of the harshing:
Mary from New York: "I find French pedicures horrifying."
Cheryl from New York: "So many kinds of no."
Cara from New York: "French anywhere creeps me out."
Nicolette from New York: "Hard pass. So Carmela Soprano."
But here's what some Southern belles had to say:
Tammy from Florida: "Always French on toes (gel). They match everything."
Lorena from Florida: "I used to only do French, with different pastel shades."
Nancy from Florida: "I think they look great, but I'm a darker kind of girl."
And someone from the smack dab middle of the Eastern seaboard is very sweetly Switzerland about the whole thing:
Halle from Baltimore: "I like French on both fingers and toes. I was always impressed with people who could pull that off. Very feminine, for sure."
2. French Girls Don't Like French Pedis
Beauty historian that I am, I should know how the whole "French" thing got started. Sadly, I don't. So for now, let's just #blameamerica
Jacqueline from New York: "There is nothing French about that look."
Marie-Laure from New York: "I never understood why it is call French. It is the antithesis of French chicness."
Anna from New York: "Tu as bien raison ma belle!" (In response to Marie-Laure, above.)
3. It's Not All About Pink + White
This topic I'm proud to say I'm super-familiar with. As the Beauty Director at Brides, we did a whole story on alternatives to classic French manis. (You can see that here, if you're so inclined.)
Could our brilliant ideas migrate from hands to feet? I think so.
But don't take my word for it. Instead listen to...
Diane from New York: "I love French pedicures, and on toes you can do it with fun color combos like blue polish and lime green tips! So fun! YO IT'S NAIL POLISH!"
4. If You're Doing A French Pedi,
Keep Those Toenails Microscopic
I'm like so happy to report that not one of my commenters - from anywhere - came out in favor of long toenails. Then why are there so many ghoulish pics of French pedis with scary long toenails all over the World Wide Interweb? I. Don't. Get. It.
But I see it. I see it all around me. And I cringe.
So do you guys, apparently.
Beth from Florida: "I like French pedicures and manicures. And I like my toenails really short because I wear a lot of tennis shoes."
Katherine from Florida: "I can’t stand long toenails and French pedicures make them look so long! Blech!! I’m also the one who cuts mine to stubs before a pedicure though."
Nicolette from New York: "Short toenails. I got shit to do!"
I got shit to do, too, like packing for New York. I'm headed there in the morning, and I don't expect to encounter a single French pedi as I truck around town. Au revoir!