Charlie’s Pre-HRT MTF Transition Tips | Nails

I have always had healthy strong nails, even though I use to bite them off regularly out of shame once someone notices them, and/or makes a comment. Since coming out as transgender, I no longer care who sees. I love long nails. It’s the one thing that has always made me feel feminine the quickest coz my nails grow pretty fast.

Similarly to the moisturizing routine, this was a way of showing my body and myself some love. Looking down and seeing a feminine hand is a small but significant way I would affirm my gender to myself during this period where I wasn’t allowed or able to express it to the rest of the world. I wasn’t confident enough to go for a bold color during this period, so I’d just keep them filed and buffed with a coat of clear gloss or top coat, but this was enough to keep me feeling feminine during this hard time. Try it!

With time, and as my confidence grew, I have switched from a simple top coat to an enamel with a Pearl effect. I use “Gleaming Golden” from the Avon Color Trend range on most work days, and then something more daring and colorful on weekends.

You need to experiment though. I have found that colors that work well for my wife, does not necessarily work well for me. Practice often. Your technique for applying nail polish will develop over time. Don’t worry if you get nail polish onto your skin. It usually comes of quite easily in the shower or bath during your normal morning routine. If not, a fine cutton bud with some nail polish remover will do the trick. The point is to have fun with it. Your have all the colors of the rainbow to play with, and then some.

𝘋𝘪𝘴𝘤𝘭𝘢𝘪𝘮𝘦𝘳: 𝘛𝘩𝘦𝘴𝘦 𝘛𝘐𝘗𝘚 𝘸𝘪𝘭𝘭 𝘯𝘰𝘵 𝘧𝘪𝘵 𝘦𝘷𝘦𝘳𝘺𝘰𝘯𝘦’𝘴 𝘫𝘰𝘶𝘳𝘯𝘦𝘺 𝘢𝘯𝘥 𝘢𝘳𝘦 𝘣𝘺 𝘯𝘰 𝘮𝘦𝘢𝘯𝘴 𝘢 𝘮𝘶𝘴𝘵 𝘰𝘯 𝘺𝘰𝘶𝘳 𝘱𝘢𝘵𝘩. 𝘛𝘢𝘬𝘦 𝘪𝘵 𝘧𝘰𝘳 𝘸𝘩𝘢𝘵 𝘪𝘵 𝘪𝘴, 𝘢 𝘴𝘶𝘨𝘨𝘦𝘴𝘵𝘪𝘰𝘯. 𝘐𝘧 𝘢 𝘵𝘪𝘱 𝘥𝘰𝘦𝘴 𝘯𝘰𝘵 𝘧𝘪𝘵 𝘺𝘰𝘶𝘳 𝘪𝘥𝘦𝘢 𝘰𝘧 𝘸𝘩𝘢𝘵 𝘧𝘦𝘮𝘪𝘯𝘪𝘯𝘦 𝘪𝘴, 𝘵𝘩𝘦𝘯 𝘥𝘰𝘯’𝘵 𝘥𝘰 𝘪𝘵. 𝘚𝘪𝘮𝘱𝘭𝘦 𝘢𝘴 𝘵𝘩𝘢𝘵. 𝘛𝘩𝘦𝘴𝘦 𝘢𝘳𝘦 𝘫𝘶𝘴𝘵 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘵𝘩𝘪𝘯𝘨𝘴 𝘵𝘩𝘢𝘵 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘣𝘳𝘰𝘢𝘥𝘦𝘳 𝘤𝘰𝘮𝘮𝘶𝘯𝘪𝘵𝘺 𝘩𝘢𝘷𝘦 𝘥𝘰𝘯𝘦 𝘵𝘰 𝘮𝘢𝘬𝘦 𝘵𝘩𝘦𝘪𝘳 𝘫𝘰𝘶𝘳𝘯𝘦𝘺 𝘦𝘢𝘴𝘪𝘦𝘳.

charlie.mtf

Pronouns: She/Her/Hers I am a 44yo transgender woman (pre-HRT) documenting my journey, and sharing the tips that worked for me to date.

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