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Do you know the history of manicure from BC to now?


The ancient Egyptians took the lead in rubbing the fur of the gazelle to make their nails shiny, and smearing it with the juice of henna flowers to make it look charming red. In an archaeology, someone once found a makeup box in the tomb of Cleopatra, which recorded that "virgin nail polish" was used to lead to the western paradise.

In the Tang Dynasty, the fashion of nail dyeing had already appeared. The material used is impatiens. The method is to take the flowers and leaves of highly corrosive impatiens and mash them in a small bowl, add a small amount of alum, and then they can be used to dye nails. You can also pinch the silk wool into thin pieces like nails, put flower juice in it, take it out after inhaling water, and put it on the surface of nails. After three to five times of continuous impregnation, it will not fade for several months. Nail enhancement is not only a sign of beauty, but also a symbol of status. In ancient China, officials used decorative metal false nails to increase the length of nails, showing their noble status.

Both the British royal nobles and the Qing royal families in China have the tradition of keeping nails. Keeping white nails means no hard work and symbolizes status and rights. Most people with long, gorgeous nails belong to the upper class. No matter what nationality or race it is. The yearning and respect for beauty are the same. In the constant pursuit, the techniques and methods are constantly updated, and the current nail enhancement materials are more healthy and environmentally friendly! Meet the beauty needs of different people.

Hand and nail beauty culture originated in the development period of human civilization. It first appeared in people's religious and sacrificial activities. People painted various patterns on their fingers and arms to seek the blessing of gods and eliminate evil. It has a long history in the 5000 year history and culture of the Chinese nation. Up to now, we can find its historical light from many aspects. When it comes to manicure, it is natural to think of the hand. The hand is a specific "practitioner" in the whole process of human civilization, an important part of the human body, and has played a huge and indispensable role in the process of human civilization.

With the development of civilization, the hand is not only a "tool" for labor, but also an organ of human beings. It has also been "discovered" and enhanced the inherent beauty, especially for women.

The beauty of ancient Chinese women was that their hands were delicate and white, which meant that their masters had better living conditions, and everyone yearned for a better life. This aesthetic view of ancient Chinese opponents has been reflected in many literary works. For example:

"Your hands are like catkins, and your skin is like curds of fat."

"Catkin: soft grass shoots. -- The Book of Songs? Wei Feng? Huge People"

"Red crisp hands, yellow Teng sprinkling. Spring willows all over the city"

——Hairpin Phoenix Song Dynasty? Lu You

There was a poet named Wu Wenying in the Song Dynasty. He had a confidante who died early. This woman has a very beautiful pair

Li's hands, which left a deep impression on the poet, are often mentioned in his words of remembering friends. For example:

Grasp soft onion and fragrant dye pomegranate towel

Roucong: Straight and slender hands like tender onions—— Red Lips

Another example: jade hand/jade onion hand: a white, delicate and smooth hand like jade.

In order to make their hands beautiful, ancient Chinese women began to decorate their hands very early. The common way is to wear armour and dye armour. Here, the nail care culture, which is as important as the hand care and is more distinctive, is included in the connotation of the hand care. It shows an indispensable and complementary dialectical relationship between the hand and the nail care. The hand care has laid the foundation for the nail care and provided the premise. On the basis of the hand care, the nail care highlights the unique, beautiful, slender and soft hand. In ancient times, they were integrated into a unique hand and nail beauty culture.

In A Dream of Red Mansions, it was written that Qingwen, who was seriously ill, bit off her long nails and gave them to Baoyu. This is probably the most vivid and sad description of nail storage. In addition, ancient women often used nail covers. Nail covers are mostly made of metal, with gorgeous style. They are used on fingers to protect long nails. This decoration can be seen in many portraits and photos of women in the Qing Dynasty.

The style of dyeing armour has a long history. As far back as the Tang Dynasty, the materials used to dye armour were mainly Fengxian flowers. Crush the henna with alum, apply it to the nail and wrap it with cloth, and the nail will be dyed light red the next day. After being dyed twice in a row, the nails will be rosy and gorgeous, and their color will not fade for months. Yang Lianfu, a poet at the end of the Yuan Dynasty and the beginning of the Ming Dynasty, once described women's beautiful nails in his poems. "Red crow beaks will be replaced at the top of the ten,... counting the peach blossom flood waters".

At the same time, it is not difficult to find its traces from religion. Many people in China believe in Buddhism, and the image of Buddha symbolizes solemnity, holiness, wisdom, compassion, etc. One of the most deeply rooted Buddhas is the Thousand Hand Avalokitesvara.
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