The History of Nail Polish – 21st Century
Last week we took a look at the 90’s rounding out the 20th century of nails. Today we start a brand new millennia as we look at the first decade which has also worked its way into history.
The origins of nail polish are incredibly old and began in India during the Bronze Age when henna was used to stain nails. The trend spread to Babylonia where they changed to kohl for their nails – at a similar time the Chinese created even more colours by crushing flower petals. Later still, the fashionable women of Egyptian made red fingernails famous.
The first decade of the 21st Century took the electronic age of the 90’s even further – using a strange mix of party people, hip hop and reality tv to inspire trends.
Although people continued to stain, lacquer and manicure their nails over the years, there weren’t many notable advancements in polish until the early 20th Century when glossy car paint was created. The invention gave one clever lady the idea of applying the concept to nails. Around the same time the world began watching movies in glorious technicolor which changed the cosmetic industry to this day.
The Electronic 21st Century
Each decade has its own rather distinct nail fashion trends from the femininity of the 20’s to the bold red of the 50’s to the blinding colours of the 80’s. The newly changed century has seen a wide variety of renewed trends – all mixed and matched up with a 21st Century vibe.
With the Internet bringing people and places closer to one another, the fashion trends are coming back to a more organic and streetwise flair.
The Internet has provided everyone an opportunity to learn about fashions the second they are unveiled. Thus allowing those who don’t have access to trendy parties and catwalk shows an opportunity to observe, rinse and repeat. High fashion has made its way into every chain store in town, diluting the essence of what was once only for the elite. This simple fact inspires fashion to become even more extreme and futuristic so as not to look too aged or retro. Fashion is evolving.
To get the boldly new look of the 21st century isn’t difficult – it means veering away from what has been done and trying something new and exciting. Try Ascalon, Peek A Boo, Silver, Lost Red, Boyfriend Jeans, Pearl to Blackberry or Starlight Silver.