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All About The Nails <3
The history of nail fashion begins al the way back in 3000 B.C. There is evidence that the Chinese used a type of enamel on their fingers that once applied, after leaving for several hours, it would turn the nail a reddish/ pink color. In India, dye derived from the Henna plant was used on the fingernails, and this left a type of reddish brown stain. In some societies, color on the nail had a social significance. In Egypt, higher classes were denoted by deeper shades of red, while the lower classes were only allowed to wear pale shades. One final origin is from the Inca civilization who were known to wear images of Eagles on their fingertips.
Nail art began to advance in modern society, beginning in the 19th century. In 1830, the orange wood stick was developed in Europe and this began to modernize the process of a nail manicure. Towards the end of the 19th century, salons increased across the United States, attributed in part to the popularization of the manicure.
When the automobile began mass production in the 1920s, automobile paint also inspired a more modern nail polish. While popular celebrities had often sported only unpolished nails, this changed by 1925 when nail polish entered the popular market in a shade of red. When this happened, the moon manicure became wildly popular. This manicure method involved painting the middle of the nail, but leaving the moon of the nail, at the bottom, unpainted. Sometimes the tip was left unpainted as well.
The Revson brothers changed the nail industry once more when they invented a new type of nail enamel and founded the company REVLON. The middle L in the company name originated from the third man in the brothers company (Charles Lachman). The company changed the nail industry dramatically because their nail polish used pigments instead of dyes. This allowed for a wide range of new nail polish colors to hit the market. The company was so successful, it instantly became a leader in the beauty industry by the 1940s. It was clear by then, nail polish and nail art was here to stay.
As the century wore on, nail fashion continued to grow. Nail polish began to be used to communicate certain trends and subcultures as well. Thus, nail art became an important cultural signifier. Black nail polish, for example became popular among Goths, rock stars and punks in the 1970s and it often still is a common trend today among these groups. More recently, nail polish has gained popularity among men as well. Though clear manicures on men are more common, sometimes colors have been sported on the mens nails.
As nail polish became ubiquitous among women (and even men), this allowed for it to have some real freedom in its continued development. Nail fashion became more creative and artistic. One trend was the addition of small crystals to the exterior of the nail to create an even beautiful design. Celebrities and runway models began to show off more intricate and detailed design in the 1990s and 2000s. Nail art became more and more integrated with fashion as nail design started to often become apart of a persons outfit. This long and rich history of nail art leads us to where we are todaythe development of an innovative new machine (The NILO Nail Printer) to give everyone the ability to have beautiful and intricately designed nails in no time at all!