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Manicure history

Thursday, 04 December 2008

manicure historyThe word manicure derives from the Latin «manus» which means a hand and «cure» which is the word for care. Since the ancient times people were very careful when it came to their nails and they took care of the beauty of their hands and nails. It is very well known that women of the ancient Egypt used alkanna and other natural ingredients to take care of their nails and fingers. However taking care of the nails was not a ladies' prerogative at those times. Men also used different types of caretaking ingredients to protect and make their nails more beautiful.

Long and brightly decorated nails were a sign of the royal origin and the high social status the person had. Plebeians were only allowed to have short nails and if they were to color them it could only be the light toned paint. At the archeological excavations of the Pharaoh Nyuserre Ini's tomb a list of the pharaoh's escort was found. There was indication of the slaves who were literally protecting and mastering the Pharaoh's nails in the list, which means that there were actually the manicure masters who served the Pharaoh.

Manicure as we know it know has been firstly developed in France. Some say that after Louis' agnail got safely removed by Louis' own doctor, doctor has got the idea of creating a whole new set of instruments for taking care of nails and fingers. That doctor's nephew was a very ambitious lady and it is her who is responsible for manicure getting more and more popular. It is actually at that time that the orange stick first was created with which manicuring masters even today remove the pellicles.

With the 20th out there women became more and more careful when it came to their fingers, hands, palms and nails and taking care of those. Seeing the trend the producers started introducing more and more instruments to help taking care, painting of the nails and such, increasing its brightness and making them shinier. The first ever caretaking tools were of the paste consistence. The paste had to be rubbed in the nails and then had to be polished until the nails became shiny. First ever nail varnish appeared in 1917 in the USA and it was of the pink colors. In the 1920-s fashion bugs all over the world could get nail polishes of any color they wished. What many people find interesting today is that at those times nail polish could only be bought at the pharmacy stores. The polishes those days were of the very bad quality, did not last for long and usually it went off on the next day. The most popular and wanted color of the nail varnishes at that stage was the red. It was believed that lip stick and nail varnish should have been of the same colors. For years to come this idea was not a simple fashion trend it was something that every lady knew and something every lady followed. Fortunately today a lady can choose whichever lip stick and nail polisher she wants with only her own taste and mood that matters. In 1930-s first ever strength gloss appeared making it possible for the nail polish to last even longer.

In 1960-s companies that were producing the materials and ingredients for dentist clinics started to get new clients that were the adventurous owners of the manicure cabinets. According to one of the legends a dentist from the USA applied acryl to his wife's nails to stop her from biting those. This is how the idea of the false nails came around. For ages women of all types wanted to obtain those long beautiful nails of the correct forms and here it was. The demand for the nails was so enormously big that a brand new laboratory was built to help inventing the new materials for the nails or improving the old materials used for producing tooth prostheses. With every year there are new technologies being introduced to create false nails.

In 1975 in Los Angeles, USA a man called Jeff Pink invented the French manicure. It had little to none to do with France but the name was there to add a bit of charm to the invention, according to Jeff. From his words he invented the French manicure for the Hollywood producers who asked him to invent something new in the industry. At those times Hollywood actresses had to repaint their nails every time they had to wear a different costume and it created a lot of hassle and there's probably no need in explaining why it took a huge amount of time off the set. This is where the smart American came in and introduced his new invention that was a tenderly pinkish color of the painting with the white strip on top of the nail that suited every costume and clothes out there as well as every woman's image. Women all over the world have appreciated the new invention of the French manicure and even today it remains the most demanded service at the manicure cabinets all over the world.

Irina Rukavishnikova

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