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 manicure an 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 giveback 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 polish is one of the few things that come between the limits of someone who may be considered a "dull dresser" or a"freak-show." It is understandable why the more all-around fashion-conscious youths might be attracted to a new trend of accessory. A theory can evolve, however, from the other kind of youths who don't express their inner-selves fully through their apparel. It is possible that these girls may feel more a tease leaking out their wild streak through the most subtle way they know how -nail polish. You can dress normally and still wear wild nail polish, yet no one will consider you a freak because of your flashy nails." My parents hate it." This factor alone may be an invitation for youths to wear blue nail polish. It is a fairly innocent approach of rebellion against the parents (and elders in general) for those who aren't looking for anything drastic that will get their parents totally worked up in a rage. Yeah, so to the older ones blue may seem like an odd choice for nails, but what can the parents do - strap their daughter's hands to the table and remove the damn polish with cotton swabs and polish remover? As superficial as nail polish may seem, it's latest color of fashion has done a lot to relieve the wild streaks of rebellion and impulsiveness bottled up inside many adolescents.

Otherwise, they would have had no way of expressing their inner selves. One could even go as far as to say that this latest shade of nail polish is a trendy - and subconscious - means of therapy.