Today, manicure, false nails and permanent nail polish have become very fashionable. So much so that we spend a large part of our time doing our nails. Nail care, which is now part of our routine, has a deeply rooted history. In this article, we will talk about the history of nail care from Babylon to Egypt. Details below.
The first traces of nail care date back to the Babylonian era. Babylonian men used to cut and color their nails. The colors they chose often represented the social class they belonged to. The upper-class men preferred black, while the lower-class men preferred green.
In ancient Egypt, Cleopatra and Nefertiti colored their nails by applying lush oils to their hands and applying henna. Nail care represents wealth and position in society. It was also believed that the darker the nails, the stronger the person. Cleopatra’s favorite color was blood red, while Nefertiti preferred sapphire.
In ancient China, high-ranking men and women constantly had their nails done. This was a sign of wealth and meant that people did not need to work. They used egg whites, beeswax, and vegetable dyes to color and shape their nails. However, despite the importance of nails, some leaders showed their loyalty to the kingdom by cutting their nails.
Social and technological developments in history, of course, have also affected nails. In Europe in 1830, D.D. A podiatrist named Sitts invented a wooden manicure tool
A few years later, her niece developed a manicure package for women of all social classes. This new product has finally arrived in nail salons in the United States.
There is some debate as to when the first nail polish was invented, but everyone agrees that the first nail polish was colorless.
In the 1920s, when the automobile industry was booming, women began coloring their nails with glossy automotive polish. As a result of advances in technology and the desires of women, Revlon finally launched the first nail polish that used pigment instead of lacquer. When the 70s came, women switched to false nails. Like most advances in history, artificial nails were first preferred by the wealthy. Gradually, the popularity of manicure salons began to increase.
Pedicure became popular only at the beginning of the 21st century. As a result, the number of nail salons in the United States doubled in the year 2000.
The situation developed in the same way in Türkiye. Not only women but men also find it very natural to do manicures and pedicures. Today there are countless beauty salons that specifically make prosthetics and permanent nail polish.
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