Have you ever just sat down and looked at a bottle of nail polish? No? Well if you do, and you will, a few thoughts are inevitable and are bound to pop up, such as “ Is this really my color?” Do I have time to do this right now? And of course, “ Is this thick enough to cover my previous coat?” Because you really don’t feel like removing all of it. One thought in particular is bound to gallop across your mind like a wild mustang escaping the field in which it was bound.
“How the heck did this stuff come to be?”
If you’re anything like me, you’ll understand that when there’s a question, it most definitely needs to be researched. Upon researching the polish in which we have come to love, incorporate into our outfits, and essentially need on our fingers at all times, I found some pretty interesting facts that I now feel obligated to tell you.
- Nail Polish was created over 5,000 years ago in China
Obviously, this isn’t the nail polish we use today, however, the invention was brought about by the means of differentiating between the statuses. Those in power would paint their nails to ensure everybody was aware of their awesomeness. The Chinese would create a mixture of egg whites, gelatin, beeswax and gum arabic and then soak their nails for a number of hours. The process, evidently, was not easy at all.
- A dentist invented acrylic nails
That’s right, a dentist is who we have to thank for this marvelous invention. With aluminum foil and dental acrylic, Fred Slack, created a faux nail to correct the one he broke at work one day. I suppose it’s safe to say Mr. Fred did all but “Slack” in making history ( ha… ). Nothing? Oh come on, that was funny.
- If it weren’t for car paint, yes car paint, we would not have the shiny and smooth polish that we have today.
Prior to car paint influencing the nail industry, most nail polishes were created with dyes rather than pigments. Michelle Maynard, a French makeup artist, came up with the ingenious idea to create something similar, but for the nail. After playing around with the formula for quite awhile, she developed a glossy lacquer similar to the nail polish we use today.
- Some nail polishes have food in them
Allow that to soak in for a little while. Absorbed? Great, let’s continue. Yes, a few nail polishes actually have food extract listed in their formulas. A few use Kale, which is considered to smooth and brighten the nail. Garlic is assumed to strengthen and harden the nail, and then cucumber to prevent splitting. Cool, right?
- The world’s most expensive nail polish is only $250,000.
When I think of a nail polish that’s $250,000 I think of something that not only stays on forever, but allows me to transport in and out of different dimensions while granting me my every wish. The fact that this nail polish doesn’t do any of this sort, kind of lets me down. The reason for it’s high price tag is the fact that it’s made from black diamonds. It’s made from 267 carats of black diamonds, to be exact.
6. Traditional nail polish is no longer the best option.
Let’s be honest here, while nail polish has ran the game for as long as we can remember, it’s no longer the most convenient option against the salon visit.Years ago, gel polish rode in on its pretty, triumphant white horse completely changing the game. And while we all clapped and drooled over its benefits, some of us still felt we could do better as a nail industry… so we did. We took gel polish to a whole new level. Not only did we make it faster, we made it easier. What's more efficient than a one step gel polish that's spill-proof and cures within 30-60s?
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