I know it's an old thread but I feel the need to reply so I registered
I am a 37 year old married, straight man, and I have a fascination with all things nails. It is the only thing I keep from my wife (she is not the type to get nails or toes done but she is a wonderful woman and no matter how much I love nails I love her more).
When I was 17, I went out with a girl for awhile, this was in the early 90s and acrylic nails were the "in" thing at the time, and she always had long red acrylic nails. Anyway, uh, how do I put it politely, I shared my first sex act with her in my car. Given my fascination now with hands and nails you can guess what it was. Anyway from that moment on I was fascinated with nails.
The next year I met my wife, and since then, other than her occasional deciding to polish her nails, it never happens. So I turn elsewhere, when I am traveling on business...
... I get pedicures.
I love pedicures! It's the first thing I do when I get to a city. I get a pedicure! With color too. I get to talk nails with the techs, I get funny looks from other customers, I love it! But in my heart, I really want to get the acrylic nails. I have never done a full set (although once or twice I let them do my pinkie). If they weren't so damn hard to remove, I would do it.
I follow the nail polish blogs and nail art blogs too, just WISHING it would be appropriate to get my nails done.
So I got by with the occasional set of drugstore nails.
If you want to ask, I'll answer, part of it is sexual, but part is, dammit, I just want to do it! I mean, why do you ladies do it? You just want to!
There are many like me out there. But the difference between me and them is I don't complain. I don't have a problem with social norms and such, because it's natural - somebody does something that people like them don't normally do and they get funny looks, people talk about them, etc. And that's why I'm not wearing a set of pink and whites right now. We all have our crosses to bear and I'm doing my best at trying to handle mine.
Seriously, ladies, if any of you come up with a method of making beautiful nails that feel permanent like acrylic but can come off easily (I don't mind soaking in acetone), I would love to visit you just for the experience.
If any of you have any questions of this nail loving man, I'll answer honestly.
Who cares about social norms! If you want your nails done, do it! Guys wear polish now! Why not have your nails done with natural colored acrylic or soft white for the free edge? They will look nice, clean and natural. Any good nail tech can custom color their l&p system to meet your needs. It's all about being happy with yourself, do what makes you happy! If you walked into my salon, my #1 priority is making you happy with your service. Find a reputable salon, not a NSS, they can work with you to provide what you want.