It may seem bizarre that we’re giving a summary about the history of acrylic nails. “How interesting can it be” you may think, but believe me, you’ll be surprised.
Did you know it was a dentist, out of all the people in the world, who came up with the acrylic nails?
However, we must start from the beginning before we get to that part of the story. Believe it or not, the look of the nails has always been very important in many cultures.
Myrrh oil was used in Ethiopia for nail care. Egypt, on the other hand, used henna to give them color and pharaohs reinforced them with papyrus paper.
In ancient Greece it was a sign of power and wealth to carry long nails and decorate them with gold leaf or miniature paintings, very similar to modern nail art.
China invented the first enamels as well as the first artificial nails, given that at the time of the Ming dynasty nails were decorated with gold or silver cones, a practice that has been maintained over time.
The so-called modern manicure comes from France, around 1930, when King Luis Felipe got one of those annoying hangnails that we hate. As a result, the king’s doctor invented a manicure kit, which his niece would later popularize.
By the 19th century these metallic instruments became common in the United States and by that time it was normal to use creams and powders on the nails. In the twentieth century the enamels begin to improve, and with it begins the era of the 50, characterized by long and red nails.
As there have always been women who do not grow nails (did I hear some say “me”?!), extension in the 1950s was possible by cutting natural nails, gluing them to the tip and covering them with paper.
The advent of the 60s brings the discovery of materials for false nails, including fiber, silk and porcelain.
Fake Nails in the 70’s
This is where our dear dentist friend comes in. On a nice day, Dr. Frederick Slack gets his nail surface cracked and decides to fix it with whatever he had at hand to continue his workday.
He had dental photopolymer at hand, also known as porcelain. The rest is history!
Shortly, dentists saw a great business opportunity and began selling this material to the manicurists at the time, giving life to the breathtaking sculpted nails.
Over the years, countless techniques have been developed, different materials have been experimented with, and the available technology keeps reshaping the industry.
“You never know what tomorrow may bring” right? Who knew we’d thank a dentist for sculpted acrylic nails!
The porcelain nail boom was so big that it went from being a North American product to a worldwide one.
The world-wide female demand is what has sustained the industry and given rise to so many technologies and techniques.
Nowadays, keeping our natural nails healthy is a priority and this is something that the American market has taken very seriously. Therefore high quality materials are used, many of them natural and organic, which guarantee us the least harm when using these incredible nails for any purpose.