The Evolution of Nail Polish
Whenever we look at someone’s hands, the first striking feature to get under notice is the nails. Yes, perfectly manicured and clean moisturised nails make the hands and overall persona look even more beautiful. However, rough and unmanaged nails could just blow away the entire spotlight from your personality in just a flash of a moment. And who would want that?! Nobody. Talking about nails and nail care, everything has a history and yes the development in the nail trends has also had a great history.
Ancient Egypt 5000 BC
Extending back to the times of 5000 BC in Asia, the nails were coloured using henna shrub whereas, in Ancient Egyptian and Chinese culture, nail painting was considered as a sign of royalty and wealth. In Greece, only the male rulers were allowed to colour their nails. Cleopatra and Nefertiti wore red nails because of their royal status. History tells that if any commoner was seen wearing nail polish, he/she was immediately beaten and sentenced to death. Some extremes for beauty, no?
Nail colours were extracted from all different sources in different countries and eras and these sources being the blood of chicken, car enamel paints, boiled rose petals etc.
Modern Manicures in 1900’s
The idea of modern manicure has come from the time of 1900’s. Small pairs of scissors were used to clip off nail tips by women leading way to emery board formation in 1910. By this time the famous fashion magazine Vogue started posting tips for nail care. However a proper nail lacquer was invented by Michelle Macnard, it had glossy and shiny look. In 1930 the nail lacquer formula was tweaked by Revlon and made the nail polish opaque and non-streak extracted from pigments rather than dyes and enamel paints.
The Beginning of Nail Fashion
Later this time period manicure proved to be a popular and consistent fashion statement. 1930’s brought a famous moon manicure style with nail colour application to only the mid portion of nail leaving the tips and nail roots uncoloured. Later on Technicolour got monotonous raiding the fashion statement of all the films and television, people actually followed this fashion trend. Bless Rita Hayworth for bringing in the ever green trend of red nail polish since the 1950’s and it became a definitive trend.
1960’s and 70’s were more about neutrals and pastel colours. While in 1980’s and onwards, neons, fuchsia and red, yet again became a popular fashion trend.
And there you have it, the history of nail polish! How much did you already know and did any of the interesting facts surprise you? Share your thoughts on your favourite era below.