Well, that question has come to my attention recently, as I had posted a picture of my freshly groomed and polished toenails, alongside my daughter Stella’s teeny tiny tootsies. Tori also posted a picture of her beautifully painted toes alongside my monster foot, adorned with a neon green polish.
Needless to say, we got a lot of wonderful comments from our fans. Things like, “You two are so adorable, getting pedis together.” “Nice color, Deano.” “ I wish my husband would take our daughter to get a pedi!” etc…
Our fans are awesome and we love ‘em!!
Now, behind every nice comment there is a not so great one. Every action has a positive or a negative reaction. I think that’s a physics law…? I also heard things like, “You’re a weirdo.” “Glad you took your daughter for a pedi, but color on your toe nails, creepy.” Or “Real men don’t paint their toenails.” I take umbrage particularly with that last comment. I think a real man takes his daughter, son, and wife for pedicures and partakes in the ritualistic podiatry pampering, including POLISH.
I believe in leading by example. I just so happened to paint my toenails well before I had children. I like it. Tori and I would go to the spa on a regular basis. It’s a fun way to express yourself as well as getting your nails trimmed, buffed, and all the nasty bits removed from under your nails. Bleck!! My son Liam asked if he could get his nails done like dad, and I was thrilled. I want him to try things; I want him to think outside the box. I want him to be an individual, and a free thinker. Liam even went one further. He asked if he could get his nails painted like mom and his sister Stella. I gladly obliged him. He would get his nails done with black and yellow like Batman, or red and blue with spider webs. He was a super hero and a rock star. Whatever his little imagination could conjure up. I’m so proud of him. He made a decision, and he stood by it. Good, bad or indifferent.
It also makes toes that are maybe not so attractive, much more palatable. Lets face it, men’s toes are not as attractive as women’s. Why, you ask?? Men don’t pay any attention to their toes. They’re a complete afterthought, if thought of at all. But, if men were brought up with the tradition of taking care of your tootsies, as many young ladies are, they would definitely look better, and grooming ones toes would not be such a male taboo.
Aside from the aesthetics, going for pedicures is a great opportunity to spend time with your spouse, or children, or both. The whole family gets a pedi, then we go for lunch, or frozen yogurt – we make a day of it. We get to catch up with each other, find out how school is going, plan sporting events, and dance classes in a very relaxing environment. It has quickly become a tradition around our house, and it’s here to stay.
Dads, now is your time to get out there, and change the past. It is our time to make our presence known in the nail spa space. It is our time to make history. I have been successful in converting the hardest toughest guys into toenail polish wearing warriors. My one friend swore up and down he would never paint his nails, or get a pedicure for that matter. I talked him into taking his daughter for a daddy-daughter day and get a pedi and paint. What’s the worst that is going to happen?? A few strange looks, or petty comments. I had to remind him he had faced much more adversity in his life than name calling. “Dude, you were shot 4 times!!” I am happy to say, he loved it. This is a guy who wears flip-flops every day of his life, in a very badass, male-oriented work place. In fact, he is starting to convince coworkers to paint their toes, and take their wives and kids out, and make a day of it. He loves the one-on-one time with his beautiful little girl. Now he is starting a tradition in his family, and that’s a wonderful thing.
So go out there and get trimmed, buffed, de-calloused, massaged and painted. Raise a foot proudly in the air, and say, “I am a man, and yes, I wear male-polish!!” Together, we can change the hearts and minds of the naysayers, one toe at a time.
Have I convinced all you dads to give male-polish a try?