Gymnastics is like other sports, there are dos and don’ts in it. Wearing nail polish is one of the intriguing questions gymnasts ask especially those women. What is nail polish?
Nail polish is a sticky liquid that is used to color your nails. Its use is not just to decorate fingernails and toenails but also to protect the plates of the nails from cracking and peeling. Nail polish offers decorative effects on the nail. It provides unique shade and texture in different colors.
Nevertheless, manicures and pedicures are not always good for certain reasons. For example, restaurants restrict employees to wear nail polish for cleanliness grounds. Other establishments like supermarkets and other schools don’t allow wearing nail polish as well. How about gymnastics? Let’s see.
Gymnastics Meet Guidelines
When it comes to dressing guidelines for gymnastics meet, there are a lot of things you need to avoid for deductions. Here are some of the things you need to do and not to do in gymnastics.
Hair should be neatly pulled back. Use a bun or ponytail to tie the hair. No bangs or loose hair should be seen. If your hair is too short, choose a different hairstyle or use hair spray or gel.
Leotard should be worn to the meet. You can bring warm-up leotard and competition leotard just in case.
No wearing of jewelry. Sometimes stud earrings are allowed. This is for safety purposes.
Gymnasts should not be wearing nail polish. Doing so is subject to a deduction for some judges at meets.
Is nail polish really not allowed?
The answer is NO, for some regions. Nail polish is discouraged at some American and British competitions. This provides a distracting look and is associated with health risks. However, other places in the world do not see much bad side about nail polish as long as the color is natural and does not create a distraction for judges.
The use of colored paints is also accepted if it is uniform to the leotard a gymnast wears so it looks like art.
There is no exact code that points to the restriction of nail polish. If you think your coach and the judges hate it, it is for you to decide.