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This Is What Happens If You Don't Cut Your Nails For Three Years


This is Simone Taylor, a 16-year-old girl who hasn't cut her nails since August 2014.

Yup. That's three years without cutting her nails. Here's what they looked like when she started growing them out:

And here's what they look like now:

"I started growing my nails because I really got into nail art. I'm also a huge fan of Gwen Stefani and Lana del Rey. They inspired me because they both have beautiful, long nails that fascinate me," Simone told BuzzFeed.

It takes her an hour and half just to remove her nail polish, and another three hours to paint them.

"I usually do my nails on the weekend. I remove the nail polish on Saturday and paint them on Sunday."

She does her nails herself, every two weeks.

"I don't do them more often because it's too time-consuming and I get lazy. But the nail polish never chips because I'm always very careful with my nails and a use a good base and top coat."

In the past, she took biotin pills to make her nails stronger, but she's currently not taking any supplements.

And contrary to popular belief, going to the bathroom with long nails is not really a problem for Simone.

"Many people think that going to the bathroom, doing my makeup, or typing on my phone is difficult, but surprisingly, it's no problem at all. Picking up coins or credit cards is kind of tricky though."

She's had minor accidents though.

"I have scratched some people by mistake, but no serious injuries."

So, why has she kept them this long, for so long? Well, she really, really likes them this way, and they've become a part of who she is.

"The longer they got, the more I liked them. Many people complimented me and it made me so happy. Over time, they became a part of me and my identity, so it became more and more difficult to cut them. I guess you could say I'm addicted to growing my nails."

She doesn't plan on cutting them anytime soon, but she's definitely not keeping them this way forever.

And for anyone thinking of criticizing her nails, she's OK with it — just don't be rude.

"I can completely understand that some people don't like my nails, and it's also fine for them to share their opinion about them with me, but please don't insult me or be rude to me. It's OK to look different because the world would be a very sad place if everyone looked the same."