Nail polish originated in China and dates back to 3000 BC.[1][2] Around 600 BC, during the Zhou dynasty, the royal house preferred the colors gold and silver.[1] However, red and black eventually replaced these metallic colors as royal favorites.[1] During the Ming dynasty, nail polish was often made from a mixture that included beeswax, egg whites, gelatin, vegetable dyes, and gum arabic.[1][2]
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The image of NBA legend Shaquille O’Neal’s toes, as he received a pedicure in 2017, should have come with a NSFW warning. In 2014, former slam dunk champion Nate Robinson bared his soul, and his little piggies, as he posted a picture of himself on Instagram at a nail shop with the hashtag #teamUglyFeet. And through the decade of his own playing career, shame prevented Washington Wizards Coach Scott Brooks from removing his shoes in front of a stranger.


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You can take your own tools to a nail salon, even if you feel self-conscious. Germs can linger on salon tools that aren't cleaned, like emery boards. If you choose to use the salon's tools, they should be heat sterilized, soaked in clear antibacterial solution, or come prepackaged. Ask for a new tool if one falls on the floor during your appointment. You don't want to leave the salon with a skin or nail infection.
“Too many times I’ve had clients come in with nails they’ve just clipped themselves and often they’re uneven or, worse, too short. It’s not just unsightly, it can also lead to pain and infection if you cut them down to the quick. Part of my job is to trim and shape your nails—so let me do it.” —Amy Harold One thing you can do yourself: Eat these high-biotin foods that keep your nails healthy.
Why do people get manicures? First, changing your nails can change how you feel about yourself. For instance, some professional women who lost their jobs were loathe to cut a weekly manicure from their expenses, arguing that the indulgence helped them to look professional [source: Saint Louis]. Second, the process is undeniably relaxing, from the hand massage, to the careful attention to each finger. Third, sometimes it's hard to deny a bride who's made a round of manicures mandatory for the bridal party.
“The first thing is that you really have to look around you and say, ‘If this is what it looks like publicly, if there are any red flags, then what does it look like behind the scenes?’” Katta explained. “You want to look for those obvious things: Are trash cans overflowing? Are there nail clippings or nail filings or debris from a procedure around the work spaces?”
You might think bare toenails are ugly, but nails need to breathe and have moisture, and polish acts as a barrier. So skip the nail polish for a week or longer each month and enjoy the low-maintenance look. It's a good idea to remove your nail polish if you can't fix it as soon as it chips. Your toenails are vulnerable to damage in the spots where polish is missing. If by some miracle your polish lasts two weeks, go ahead and change it anyway.
But getting gel manicures all the time is horrible for your nail's health, explains Katie Jane Hughes, global color ambassador for Butter London, who told TODAY, "The thing I like least about gel manicures is the removal process. Removing gels weakens the nail bed as it's most sensitive when wet. The manicurist will most likely scrub at your nail with a metal tool to remove the gel polish, which can damage the nail bed very easily. Also, the UV light used for gels is not healthy for your nails."
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Ancient Babylonian men manicured and colored their nails using kohl, with different colors representing different classes. The upper echelons wore black while the lower classes wore green. They also created the world's first, and most lavish, manicure set — the tools were made from solid gold! Kelly Osbourne and her $250,000 manicure have nothing on these guys.

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Having a regular maintenance routine is a surefire way to get — and keep — your hands in great shape. Galvez suggest using a hand scrub, followed by a hand massage with lotion, and then finish with a cuticle oil. If you can’t do a full routine, at the very least, urges Galvez, apply lotion. “Leave it somewhere where you will see it as much as possible,” she recommends. To get the most benefit, it needs the opportunity to soak in, so apply it before bedtime, she says. You’ll wake up to soft hands and extra shiny nails that look salon fresh, even if they’re a week (or more) old. I won’t tell if you won’t.
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