Truth is you don't need really long nails for playing the nylons. Certainly, you'll see professional players with an unusually long thumbnail and longer than average fingernails, but you will also see brilliant players with very normal looking nails. If I were you I would spend time taking care of shorter nails by regular buffing and keeping them from drying out by using a daily rub of something like vitamin E Oil. You can get a complete nail care kit from Strings by Mail and you just have to use it.
The alternative of going to a nail salon for artificial nail coatings will, My opinion, weaken your nails.
If you do heavy construction, try to always use gloves when possible.
Daily care with the nail care kit takes only a few minutes before bed or practice and in the long run keeps your short nails in perfect condition to play the nylons!
Last edited by Jack Douglas on Tue Jan 17, 2017 3:03 am, edited 1 time in total.
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