The Manicure Pedicure A Fashion Ritual
Pretty nails have been a beauty goal forever. Nail color has been around for a long time. Cleopatra is said to have worn a deep red color on her nails. French women began getting French manicures in the eighteenth-century. In the early 1900’s Cutex introduced liquid nail polish. In the 1940’s after WWll getting a manicure and / or pedicure began to grow in popularity. Today manicures and pedicures are not only fashion rituals, but because of the popularity of open toe shoes, and sandals pretty nails have become necessities for many women.
Like in most fashion today everything is “in” fashion if it is appropriate. Take your lifestyle into consideration when deciding on a nail length and nail color, etc. If you have small children and / or are involved in sports you might be happier with shorter nails and clear or very light pink polish that does not show chipping easily. If you have the luxury of not doing a lot of work activities that affect your hands you can wear longer nails and stronger colors.
One of the first things that people notice about you are your nails. Beautifully manicured nails send the message that you take pride in your appearance and pay attention to detail. There are more colors of polish available today to choose from than ever before. Before you choose a color for your manicure try a sample of the color on one nail. Decide if it is flattering to your skin tone before you have all your nails painted.
6 Tips for Healthy Nails
- Moisturize your hands with sunblock to help prevent signs of aging & dryness.
- Eat right & drink water io ensure healthy nails.
- Supplement home nail care with salon treatments.
- Soak nails before cutting and filing.
- File nails in one direction.
- Be sure nails are clean and dry before applying nail polish.