So, my nails had about 11mm of free edge, or 1.1cm, yesterday prior to trimming. Excuse the messy clean up, but Charla was being stubborn & I also knew I'd be using pure acetone to take off my patches so I could finish cleaning up then:
I have to say it was a good thing I'd decided on a trim before I started on my patches, because my left middle did this to me:
So I had a little less control that I intended....I ended up taking off almost half of my length. Free edge is around 6mm on most fingers, give or take a little, but they feel SOOOO SHOOORRRT! But, the plus side is that in the process I completely cut down 4 breaks that had grown out, so that's 4 less patches to maintain - although my last set lasted 3 full weeks. The tear on my right ring has grown out past the nail bed, and the right middle's tear has almost grown out enough to trim. The tear on my left pinkie is very minor, I don't anticipate any problems growing it out as long as I keep a patch on it. These pics are prior to fresh patches:
Part of me is hating my left hand uneven like it us ... another is convinced if I'd taken them as low as they needed to be to be even, I really would be hunched over in a corner bawling my eyes out LOL. Everyone keeps saying they're still long but to me they're just not & it's worse with polish on. I mean, I'm not trying to be a crybaby, I'm just saying if I had any doubt that I preferred them long, that doubt would be gone (I had none, BTW, just sayin').
Oh well. it won't take that long for them to grow out again... I hope.
Thanks for reading.