A glamorous manicure or pedicure is the easiest way to accessorise your hands and feet and up the ante on that new outfit or your new makeover for the new season. Nail bars have become increasingly more popular in recent times, but where does our obsession with our nails stem from? Have we always taken care of our nails the way we do now? We take a look at the history of nail care and outline some of the amazing tools that are available to us now…
Where did it all start?
Having well-tended nails was an important part of aristocracy in ancient times. In Egypt, royalty including Cleopatra, would use henna to stain their nails red to symbolise their status in society. While in ancient China, people of immense stature would grow their nails very long to show their importance.
After the industrial revolution in the nineteenth century, technology became more advanced and new nail tools started to emerge. Most women looked after their nails at home using metal rods, acid and scissors, but by the late 1800's nail salons started to open up in America offering manicures to those that could afford it. In no time, well-tended nails became an important part of fashion.
When the movie industry started in the early nineteenth century and glamorous Hollywood actresses showed off perfectly manicured talons painted in glossy colours, the demand for nail polishes, nail protectors and nail care tools exploded.
Nail care today
Nowadays, looking after our nails is almost as important as brushing our teeth, and the wealth of nail care services on offer is huge. You no longer need to spend a fortune on pricy salon manicures to have gorgeous nails.
A good at-home nail care routine is vital to have shiny, healthy, groomed nails and there's never been a better choice of quality tools available…
- Nail file: You can buy a simple emery board or as a result of advancements in technology, Scholl just recently introduced the Velvet Smooth Electronic Nail Care System - so manicures and pedicures are easier than ever before.
To rid your nails of imperfections and impart them with a healthy sheen, the electric nail file comes with three different heads for filing, buffing and polishing.
- Scissors: Any nail expert will tell you that having a pair of scissors especially for your nails is vital, both for hygiene and also to prevent weakening and breaking of your nails.
There are scissors available with an ergonomic, unique design for precision cutting, minimum effort and ultimate control.
- Foot file: Most of us get a build-up of hard skin on our feet and to prevent further problems like calluses it is best to have a foot file on hand to buff your feet to velvety smoothness on a regular basis.
If you are looking for salon-style results at home, use the Scholl Velvet Smooth Express Pedi with Diamond Crystals. It's a clever electrical device, with exfoliating micro-rollers, which you use on dry skin to buff those feet smooth again.