For women wearing nail polish is part of a beautifying process; some paint their nails once a week after a manicure whiles others do it more often.
Nail polish has been around for over 5000 years, according to some history books it was invented by the Chinese. They painted their nails with egg whites, gelatin and beeswax. History goes on to state that the Egyptians improved on the work of the Chinese, they used to color their nails with reddish-brown stains from a henna. These concepts were further developed after 1920 to give as modern day nail polish.
Modern nail varnish as we know it was invented after 1920, it is usually made from nitrocellulose and other ingredients like it, mixed wit solvents like butylacetate and ethylacetate before a coloring agent is added.At the time the color options were limited but today there are nail varnishes in every color imaginable.
Years ago some of the ingredients used for nail varnishes were accused of being toxic so manufacturers were pressured to remove such toxic materials like dibutylphthalate from the making of nail varnishes. According to studies dibutylphthalate could cause testicular problems in humans and lab animals.
With the current financial climate, nothing is cheap, least of all nail varnish so it is advisable to look after any nail varnish bought properly so you can use it for years to come. If looked after properly, nail varnish can last up to two years; some actually last longer than that.
Still on getting a nail varnish to last a long time, two strokes is all that is needed when painting your nails.
Always apply a thin first coat, wait for it to dry before applying the second coat. Applying thick coats do not look attractive and overrun, also do not apply a fresh quote on top of an old nail polish, take off the old coat before applying a new one.
There are many types of nail polish, making it daunting when it comes to choosing one, especially if the wearer is not beauty savvy. Ultimately, the type of nail varnish chosen will depend on the state of the nail they want to paint.
There is the option of matte polishes which are flat color with a shine or you can go for a cream or pearl finish which gives the nail a metallic look. Other finishes are glitter which is mainly for a night out.
Those who have brittle and weak nails should go for growth enhancing polishes with strengthening qualities whiles those who do a lot of house work should opt for long lasting polishes which can withstand housework.
For people always on the go, a fast drying nail f=vanish is a great option as the varnish dries almost as soon as it is put on. But if you have brittle nails, working hands and are always on the go, there is the choice of a nail varnish with the combination of all the above qualities.
Now that the various finishes and the various types of nail polishes have been explained, the process of picking the right nail varnish should be easy. Just concentrate on what your nails need and everything will be fine.
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