The True Meaning Behind that Layer of Blue Nail Polish

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The True Meaning Behind that Layer of Blue Nail Polish

When the red-based shades such as pink and orange were the only

type of nail polish females dared to wear, I remember wondering if in

the near future they'd dare switch to completely new shades such as

blue or green. Now that day and age has come when all different

shades of blue can be seen painted on teens' nails. Yet, this new choice

of blue isn't just another craze of the moment. Rather, it symbolizes

something slightly deeper. This latest trend of "blues" not only broke

the barrier of "reds only", but broke the limits of society each girl felt

she had when it came to choosing a simple shade of nail polish.

Before, the "rebels" and the "freaks" were the only ones who had

the guts to wear what it took to get attention and to shock the world.

For them shades of nail polish whether they were blue, black, or glitter

have never been an issue of inappropriateness. Those who were less

eccentric when it came to expressing their exterior image stayed with

the "acceptable" red tones.

Now that blue nail polish is the latest manicurean craze, both the

tamest and the wildest adolescents together are donning the shade.

When asked why they choose to wear this latest cerulean shade of nail

polish, many give back similar responses such as: "It looks cool"; "If I

wore red I would just feel like another ordinary person, but if people see

your blue nail polish, they do a double-take"; "It's a little new,

something different".

Unfortunately, many youths have been raised in a society where

they have been conditioned to fear doing anything that will have them

come across as a freak to others. In today's society, nail...