Sunday Nail School

Some tidbits on nails and manicures that you may not know, and didn’t know you were dying to know.

The word manicure is derived from the Latin words manus, which means “hand”, and cura, which means “care.” Manicures began about 5,000 years ago. I doubt anyone remembers my salon back then, but it was all henna dye and gold manicure tools.  Fast forward a few thousand years, and a proper shout out to Cleopatra and Queen Nefertiti for their patronage. Hey girls!  Call me!

During the time of Cleopatra, different colors of nail polish represented different social standings. Red and black nail polishes were reserved for the elite while the common people had to have short nails and light colored nail polish.

The Incans were doing nail art long before us with pics of eagles on their nails.

French manicures may have originated in 18th-century Paris and were popular in the 1920s and 1930s (thank you Rita Hayworth and Greta Garbo).

Natural nails are made up of the protein keratin. The nail plate requires a certain amount of flexibility and moisture to encourage healthy growth. Good thing you know someone…

This concludes Sunday’s foray into history.  Everyone have a great week!




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