Nail Polish: Brief History and Constituents
Nail polish has been around for centuries. The Egyptians wore it, choosing the color by social status. Red was the color worn by royalty. During the Ming Dynasty, the Chinese royals picked red and black for their nails. The Inca Indians painted eagles for their nail art design.
Ultraviolet stabilizers are used to prevent color changes when it’s exposed to sunlight. A new kind of nail polish is a water-based polish which has been marketed as being environmentally-conscious.
Many of the polish companies are making polishes that contain fewer harsh chemicals which make them more of a green product. They are using pigments similar to those used in watercolors. They have stopped using ingredients such as formaldehyde which is a carcinogen. Some regulating companies consider the traditional polishes hazardous waste because of their elements.
Applying and Removing Nail Polish
Nail polish is easy to apply and easy to remove. While some people go to salons to have professional manicures, most of the time it is done at home. It only requires a nail polish remover to take off the polish from your nails. The most popular type of remover contains acetone. For fake nails, there is a non-acetone remover that won’t damage or soften the false nails.
Use a base coat of polish before applying color. It’s designed to protect your real nail from discoloration. Also allow time between applications which will reduce the yellowing effect. A top coat will help your polish last longer without chipping. Make sure to allow each coat to dry completely before adding the next one so that it doesn’t smudge. A nail drying spray will set the polish faster.
Nail Polish Trends
Reds and pinks and and neutrals are colors that never go out of style and are always popular. New shades this year include corals and soft roses along with the dark colors usually associated with fall. Glitter polish and silver and gold are still popular with the younger ages. Clear polish is always a hit with any age and black is more accepted than it used to be, but not appropriate for all environments.
Polish is one of the easiest ways to show off well-manicured hands, and it’s fun and easy to experiment with.