Nail Polish Has Come A Long Way

Most women say they use nail polish, are willing to spend up to  twenty dollars for a bottle of the stuff and have more than ten nail  polish colors in their beauty repertoire. The interesting thing is, that  while most women use polish, few know where it originated from or how  it became so popular.

The earliest reference of people using paint  to decorate the fingernail is when the ancient Incas would decorate  their fingernails with pictures of eagles. They used nail decor as a way  to communicate status. It also was not uncommon for men of the Inca  tribe to paint images of their many gods on the fingernail, to include  the sun. The Incas may have been practicing this as a part of their  culture as long ago as 4,000 years!

The history of nail lacquer or  coloring as a fashion statement begins in 3000 B.C. The Chinese used a  special type of nail enamel on their fingertips that would turn the  actual fingernail a red or pink color and people in India would dye  their fingernails with the same Henna dye used for today’s Henna  tattoos. The coloring came from the Henna plant and was painted onto the  fingernails, leaving a reddish or brown-colored stain. In some ancient  societies, including the Egyptians, color on the fingernail had a social  significance. Higher classes were donned deep shades of red, and lower  classes could only wear white shades.

Bright hues being splashed  across nails with synthetic or lacquer nail polish first made its  appearance in the field of cosmetics during the 1920s. Seen on the  runways of Paris, nail polish created quite a fashion frenzy, but not in  the way you might think! During the Roaring Twenties, and for several  decades afterward, nail polish encountered a significant resistance,  specifically from advocates for African-American rights. The use of  color on fingernails was offensive to many colored women, who boycotted  the product on the grounds of dignity. Would you believe psychiatrists  of that era even portrayed it as a form of self-mutilation!? Today, nail  polish is a global fad, worn by women of all shapes, sizes and colors  and its fabulous, darling!!

During the 1990s, at the height of the  grunge movement, the international cosmetics business announced that it  was worth approximately $20 billion worldwide. In 2011, it was worth an  astonishing $250 billion! The cumulative sale of nail polish made up  for a substantial portion of those proceeds. Just think, not only is the  average glam girl buying nail polishes of all shades to use at home,  there are hundreds of thousands of women who go to salons and get  professional manicures. Plus, there are a ton of nail lacquer related  products in addition to colored polish. These include top coats, base  coats, ground coats, quick dry polishes and sprays…not to mention  decorationsScience Articles, glitter and even false  fingernails. See our full selection of Nail Polishes.

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