Nail artists are impressive as hell not just for their art skillz, but because they work on the world’s smallest canvases. Nail art for short nails can feel impossible and even with long pointy talons, the best nail beds only give you an inch or so to work with, right? Not if you’re the Guinness World Record holder for the world’s longest fingernails — one nail artist in Texas has nabbed the title and given herself 18 feet worth of canvas to work with.
Ayanna Williams, a nail artist from Houston, Texas, as officially been crowned as the proud owner of the World’s Longest Nails in the 2018 edition of the Guinness World Records. Each talon is just under two feet long, which means Williams has over 18 feet of nails total, which have taken her over 23 years to grow.But the most impressive part of all this may be her nail art. As an artist, Williams uses each nail as an opportunity for some seriously intricate designs — on nails that long, it might just be some of the sickest nail art we’ve ever seen. Think super intense and detailed floral designs in you-really-can’t-miss-’em hues. That kind of extensive artistry takes time though. It can take up to one week to paint her nails, Willams told the Daily Mail. That’s some serious commitment.
Williams’ nail notoriety doesn’t come without sacrifice — using nails that long to do simple tasks like button your jeans is hard as hell. Ah, the things we do for our art… To take care of her record-breaking nails, Williams uses a brush and antibacterial soap to clean her fingers daily and also reportedly applies hardener and acrylic to keep the impressively long nails from breaking.
For Williams, the unique endeavor is about more than titles or having the coolest nail art in town. For her, it’s really about setting an example for her kids that “anything they want to accomplish can be done,” she told the Daily Mail. “It takes courage, discipline, and patience but it can be accomplished.” It might be one hell of a weird goal, but we gotta hand it to her — having the patience for week-long manis is one hell of an accomplishment.