For many peoples in ancient times, beautiful long nails were considered a talisman against dark forces. Today, nail care has become a familiar part of the beauty routine. What has been the path of manicure for several millennia?

Manicure has become so firmly established in our lives that without it it is difficult to imagine the image of a modern girl. But until recently, it was more of a privilege available to the elite.

Long or short nails? Bright red polish or neutral nude? Find out what secrets the manicure will reveal.Take the test1/7

Who and where does your manicure?

  • Doing my own manicure at home
  • I always go to the same master in the salon
  • I go to one salon where I trust all masters
  • I order services to my home or office
2/7

What is your favorite nail shape?

  • I love very short nails
  • I am for the classics: I always prefer the soft square shape
  • I love Rihanna and Kylie Jenner's edgy nail shape
  • Love ultra long nails
3/7

Which manicure option do you choose most often?

  • No design, just red polish
  • French manicure
  • Regular clear coat
  • I love experimenting with different nail designs
4/7

What is your favorite nail trend?

  • Ombre effect
  • Lunar Manicure
  • Graphic design
  • I don't follow trends and always apply solid colors
5 / 7

The perfect bridal manicure is…

  • french manicure
  • unusual nail designs like flowers or rhinestones
  • plain white or nude finish
  • definitely something bright - for example, fuchsia polish
6 / 7

How do you choose a pedicure cover?

  • Toenails and fingernails must be the same color
  • I love doing nail designs on my legs
  • I love it when my fingernails and toenails are different colors
  • depending on the mood
7 / 7

Choose the manicure you like best

  • A
  • B
  • In

In this article we have collected interesting and useful facts about manicure that will be of interest to anyone who wants to know how today's cult of beautiful nails began.

Manicure history

Nails have been cared for thousands of years ago. It is known that the oldest manicure set was discovered by archaeologists on the territory of Ancient Babylon (modern Iraq). True, there was hardly an orange stick and a buff.

In ancient Egypt, the length and color of the nails indicated the estate of a person - for example, the representatives of the nobility had a bright manicure.

Queen Cleopatra used henna to decorate her nails and hands, and used oils in her care.

In Ancient Greece and Rome there was a special category of slaves - cosmetics. They helped persons of noble birth in taking care of themselves. Including polished nails, using a special composition with animal fat.

Modern nail polish originated in ancient Chinese civilization. It was a paint made from crushed minerals, wax, egg yolks, and gum arabic. There is also information that gold dust was used to decorate nails.

In ancient China, they tried to grow their nails.And not in the modern sense, but up to 25 cm (where there is a modern extension)! This was considered a sure way to protect yourself from evil forces. Those who could not reach the “reference” length (because the nails simply broke) put pointed metal tips on their fingers.

In the Middle Ages, manicure, on the contrary, was associated with evil spirits. It got to the point that the Inquisition declared this procedure sinful. But after a while, everything changed - and well-groomed nails again became one of the integral attributes of the appearance of noble persons.

It is interesting, for example, that in the Renaissance it was customary at court to grow a nail on one of the little fingers - to politely knock on the door with it before entering. It was common to polish nails with a special bar covered with suede - it can be considered a prototype of a modern buff.

And in 1830, the first full-fledged manicure set appeared - it was created by the doctor of the French King Louis Philippe. After the monarch's finger became inflamed due to a carelessly torn off burr, he was supposed to properly care for his nails and the skin around.

Top 10 interesting facts about nails and manicure

  1. It is no coincidence that we need to take care of our nails so often: they grow at a rate of about 0.1 mm per day.

  2. Nail growth rates are not always the same. They grow faster in summer, open shoe season, and slower in winter.

  3. 30% - almost a third of the length of the nail falls on its root. She, by the way, is hidden under the skin.

  4. "He althy" thickness of the nail plate is about 0.3 mm. This is about 100-150 layers of keratin (not only hair, but also nails consist of it).

  5. The bad habit of nail biting once did good. To save his patients from it, a dentist named Maxwell Lappe invented special plates in 1934, which soon became popular as false nails.

  6. There is another nail invention that appeared thanks to the dentist: in 1955, a dentist named Frederick Slack decided to “repair” a broken nail with acrylic (he is used by dentists). Soon this material began to be used to create acrylic manicure.

  7. French manicure has appeared in the USA. And he got the name known to everyone because at first he was very popular with French actresses.

  8. French came up with Jeff Pink, who was commissioned by Hollywood to come up with a universal nail design option that would suit any outfit. By the way, you can make a jacket yourself. Detailed instructions are in our video tutorial.

  9. White varnish was originally used to paint overgrown nails from the inside (!) side, thus getting an emphasis on the tips.

  10. American manicure differs from French only in that beige is used at the tip instead of white. We can say that this is a softer version of the classic jacket. The second name for such a manicure is the Beverly Hills manicure.

  11. In the 1920s and 1930s, moon manicure became widespread. Women were afraid to paint over their nails with varnish completely, believing that a full coating would not allow them to "breathe" .

    You can find out what your manicure will tell you if you take the quiz below.Take the test1/7

    Who and where does your manicure?

    • Doing my own manicure at home
    • I always go to the same master in the salon
    • I go to one salon where I trust all masters
    • I order services to my home or office
    2/7

    What is your favorite nail shape?

    • I love very short nails
    • I am for the classics: I always prefer the soft square shape
    • I love Rihanna and Kylie Jenner's edgy nail shape
    • Love ultra long nails
    3/7

    Which manicure option do you choose most often?

    • No design, just red polish
    • French manicure
    • Regular clear coat
    • I love experimenting with different nail designs
    4/7

    What is your favorite nail trend?

    • Ombre effect
    • Lunar Manicure
    • Graphic design
    • I don't follow trends and always apply solid colors
    5 / 7

    The perfect bridal manicure is…

    • french manicure
    • unusual nail designs like flowers or rhinestones
    • plain white or nude finish
    • definitely something bright - for example, fuchsia polish
    6 / 7

    How do you choose a pedicure cover?

    • Toenails and fingernails must be the same color
    • I love doing nail designs on my legs
    • I love it when my fingernails and toenails are different colors
    • depending on the mood
    7 / 7

    Choose the manicure you like best

    • A
    • B
    • In

What didn't you know about nail polish?

  • The invention that pushed the beauty industry, which was just emerging at the beginning of the 20th century, to create nail polishes was car paint.

  • The first colored lacquer, the closest in form and composition to modern ones, was red. It appeared in the early 1930s.

  • The lacquer had a waterproof formula that allowed the product to stay on the nails for about three days. By the way, before that, the durability of colored manicure was even less: the coating was enough for only one day, and it was washed off with water - it was enough to hold your hands under the tap or put them in the bath.

  • As for the safety of varnishes, even today not all of them are perfect. To be 100% sure that your nail polish won't harm your nails, look for bottles marked 5-free, which indicates that they are free of toluene, phthalates, camphor, formaldehyde, and formaldehyde resin.

Unbelievable facts about gel polish

  • The formula of resistant coatings is such that they do not dry out, but harden under the influence of UV rays in a special lamp. This process is known in professional circles as polymerization.

  • Many masters talk about the need to take a break after a long use of gel polishes so that the nails “breathe”. In fact, nails are layers of keratinized cells in which metabolic processes do not occur. And "rest" from gel polish will not help them. To make them grow he althier, it is enough to use the oil that nourishes the nail matrix - it is hidden under the cuticle at the base of the nail plate.

  • If you follow all the technical details when creating a manicure with gel polish, the coating will not only not harm your nails, but will also make them stronger, as it will protect them from external influences.

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