History of nail polish

Originally, henna was used to paint the nails of mummified pharaohs in the ancient world.

In 3,000 BC, China used metallic nail polish to distinguish between the ruling class and the general population.

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Before nitrocellulose (key ingredient in nail paints today) was introduced, powder or cream polish was buffed onto nails with a cloth.

Nail polish became more common among women at the end of the 18th century, but it wasn’t until the 20th century that manicure establishments really became popular.

Black nail polish first became a trend in the 1930s. In England, women began to get scenic landscapes painted on their nails.

After colour television was introduced, we saw an evolution of natural, pastel and neon nail polish trends through the 60s right till today.