When and why people began to paint nails?
Let’s start with countries – manicure progenitors. Egyptians, for example, used a whole range of shades of nail paints as a so-called class code. In the color of the nails, the ancient Egyptians could be determined to which the layer of society belongs to. Verkhovna nobility and priests were allowed to paint nails in different shades of red, and versions – only pale flowers. Guardians of cosmetics and her recipes in Egypt were priests, and all cosmetics were made from natural components, such as Henna.
In ancient Greece there was a profession "Koset". Cosmets left the hole on the nails not painted, as she symbolized the moon, that is, the deity. Apparently, here it took the beginning so popular now "lunar" manicure.
In Europe, the means for nail staining came only in the second half of the XVI century during the reign of Catherine Medici. Then the nails were not stained in bright colors, since it was considered a bad tone or in general evidence of belonging to sorcerers. Only with the advent of the first nail polish in 1932, the tradition of painting the nails firmly entered. The first nail polish was red.
Manicure of the same modern view appeared in France. In 1830, the King Louis Philip had a burr on his finger, and one doctor was ordered to remove the burr. Responsive Doctor, coping with this small operation, developed for king a set for hand care. Then it was introduced into this set of an orange wand, borrowed in dental instruments, without which no manicure office is still.
What other means have the beauty of our ancestors, read the article "History of Cosmetics".