How Did Nail Polish become Rainbow Colors?


How Did Nail Polish become Rainbow Colors?

As I entered Best Nails, a nail salon in Long Beach, NY, I started to think about the day when colored nail polish was very limiting – it was predominantly red, pink or natural. Do you remember those days?

Then, it seemed as if one day, anything went — blue, purple, green, yellow, orange, etc. You name it, Best Nails or any other nail salon has it.

“What color do you think I should put on my nails?” I asked my husband. He gave me a grin.

“Whatever you want, I don’t care,” he said.

So, why are we, as women, obsessed with nail polish and painting our fingers and toes this crazy colors? What’s the catch? I mean, if our husbands, boyfriends, girlfriends, etc. don’t really care what color we get, then who are we trying to please? Ourselves? And, if we are trying to please ourselves, then what should it matter what color we decide to use?

I started to think about it’s origination and found that it was “invented” in China in 3000 BC. In Egypt, the lower classes wore pale colors while the upper class painted their nails reddish brown.

In the 1930’s, red became the color of choice and then French manicure became a trend. During the punk era, black nail polish became popular. And today, it’s seems to be all about nail art.

So why do women paint their nails if their partners don’t really care?