Manicures & Ming Dynasty

Do you ever sit at the nail salon and panic that you have been there way too long and you have too much to do to sit and wait for your fancy manicure to dry and how you even got suckered as a woman to keep up with all these beauty pressures? Maybe it is just me then…

When I am counting down the minutes for those little fans to turn off and to be dismissed from my assigned chair after I have looked around and wondered how are they employing all these women? where did this trend come from? how many people in the United States are employed as a nail technician? where does all the bad nail polish go when it’s dumped and I am second guessing the time and money spent….sigh…..then I take out those glossy colorful nails and leave with a smile and think about how good I feel. 

Since I was about 5 years old I was obsessed with painting my nails, my baby-sitter’s nails, my granny’s nails, even my dogs nails. I remember my first nail polish, it was peach Tinkerbell peelable polish and I loved the color, the packaging, the way it made you feel like you were eight years old versus five years old. There is something about the simple small canvas of your nail beds that makes you feel put together and self expressive by what color you have chosen. 

In case you were wondering, nail polish originated in China, dating back to 3000 BC. Around 600 BC during the Zhou Dynasty, the royal house preferred for the colors gold and silver. However, it would eventually transition to red and black. During the Ming Dynasty, nail polish was often made from a mixture including beeswax, egg whites, gelatin, vegetable dyes, and gum Arabic.

In Egypt, the lower classes would wear pale colors and the high society red.

By the turn of the 9th century, nails were tinted with scented red oils, and polished or buffed. In the 19th and early 20th centuries, people pursued a polished rather than painted look by massaging tinted powders and creams into their nails, then buffing them shiny. One such polishing product sold around this time was Graf’s Hyglo nail polish paste. After the creation of automobile paint, Cutex produced the first modern nail polish in 1917. Later the Charles Revson Company (later Revlon) produced their first nail polish in 1932.

Kinda cool huh?

So that being said here are some of my recommended brands and shades to express yourself.

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Reference on my historical facts…

  1.  Toedt, John; Koza, Darrell; Cleef-Toedt, Kathleen van (2005). Chemical Composition Of Everyday Products. Greenwood Publishing Group. p. 49. ISBN 978-0-313-32579-3.
  2.  Sherrow, Victoria (2001). For appearance’ sake : the historical encyclopedia of good looks, beauty, and grooming. Phoenix: Oryx Press. p. 119. ISBN 9781573562041.
  3. Trumble, Angus. “The History of Nail Polish”. Wonders & Marvels.



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