Manicure is one of the ways to take care of the human body. The procedure includes processing of nails on the fingers, consisting of massage, baths, polishing and shaping the nails, decorating them and building them up (optional). We offer you to get acquainted with the facts about manicure that you probably did not know about.
The word manicure originated more than 3 thousand years ago and was derived from the addition of the bases of the Latin words "hand" ("manus") and "care" ("cure").
Nails are plates that can only be renewed after 4 months.
Nail plastic appears in the fetus already in the third month of pregnancy.
Nail extension products are applied to the cuticle, from where the nails grow.
In ancient Egypt, the color of the nail plates already existed, and was strictly regulated according to social status. For example, queens had bright nails, while slaves had dark nails.
In the burials of ancient Egyptian mummies, nails were found, painted in brown and green.
According to archaeologists and historians, the preferred nail color for the queen of Egypt, Cleopatra, was terracotta.
In ancient China, nails were also painted in different shades, the most common were red and black tones.
Nail paint was prepared by the Chinese from a mixture of gelatin and egg white, to which natural dyes were added. It is difficult to call these substances varnishes, rather, they resembled a paste.
This colored paste was applied in a thick layer to the nails and waited for the color to absorb and dry. Then the surface was polished to a shine using pieces of suede.
In ancient China, there were a kind of false nails - they were tips made of gold. Naturally, they were worn by high-ranking nobles.
In Europe, coloring pastes appeared during the reign of Catherine de Medici - approximately in the 60-70s of the 16th century. Then it was not recommended to have long nails and wear bright manicure. However, this stereotype has persisted to this day in Europe.
Observations have proven that those who work at the computer, the nail plates grow faster. This is because hitting the keys is perceived as a massage that stimulates the bloodstream.
The world's first colored varnish, which we know today, was created by Charles Revson while working for Revion. This took place in 1933.
Charles Revson also came up with the idea of matching the colors of nail polish and lipstick. Today it is one of the leading principles of fashion and style.
In the 30s of the 20th century, a manicure cost only 38 cents. It is difficult to imagine how much it would have been at today's rate.
A special tool for manicure was created for the first time in 1830 - small graceful scissors and a "hoof".