:| I had to cut my nails back last weekend. I always grow long natural nails, but due to my profession of being an Art teacher, and since I am teaching ceramics this quarter, they had to be trimmed back, 'cause when you work with clay, the nails can cut into the clay when you don't want them to, especially when using a potter's wheel. I already snagged one index nail, they're gonna look like you know what for a while, and my hands are drying out, too. Do you think I should cut my nails down really short and put some kind of top coat on them during this yearly thing I have to do? I hate not being able to paint them and grow them longer. Any ideas????