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Exploring the Art in Nails

Exploring the Art in Nails

Women are very fond of colors and it really fits us well. Our clothes, shoes, hair color and especially make up are the proof that women really wants to play with colors. Our nails also prove it from finger nails to toe nails. It is actually called an art as it is done with creating different designs, pictures and mixes different colors in a creative way making it as a point of beauty for some. It is a type of fashion activity, related to manicuring. Some are worked on directly to the natural nails as it is offered in some commercial bars or is included in salons as additional service offered. While there are some which offers the use of acrylic nails with ready-made designs which can be stuck on top of natural nails.

Nail art actually focuses on the nail polish or nail varnish. It is a lacquer applied to nails to create design or to protect the nails. It can come colorless or of different colors which are usually nitrocellulose in a solvent such as butyl acetate or ethyl acetate. They are created in such a way that it can dry easily and adapt to nail movement as it grows. Nail polish originated in China during ancient times. Chinese would dip their hands in oil (which is found to be a combination of beeswax, vegetables dyes, egg whites, gelatin and gum Arabic) for several hours their finger nails would turn red or pink. Henna was used in ancient Egypt. It was used to define social ranking. Cleopatra preferred the red for her nails as it has been a favoured color together with black. It was in the year 1917 when the first modern nail polish was produced by Cutex after the creation of automobile paint.

Artificial nails can come in acrylic or in UV top coat. It is not a replacement but merely extensions of natural nails. There are two main approaches to creating artificial nails–tips and forms.

  • Tips are made of lightweight plastic plates that are nail-shaped. They are glued on the end of the natural nail and liquid acrylic is then applied over the entire nail.
  • Forms are fitted over the nail. Then an artificial nail is molded out of acrylic. Then the form is removed and the new nail shaped and buffed to a shine.

Acrylic nails are made using a mixture of a powder and a liquid. The mixture starts to harden in 30–40 seconds after application and gets to its final hardness in fifteen minutes. Powder and liquid acrylics can be removed by using a variety of solvents (usually acetone is used). Usually it takes 15 to 20 minutes to remove the nail. Another material, commonly called UV Top Coat (in correct terms a polymer resin), hardens under ultraviolet light. These can show a wider range of properties (flexibility, strength, etc.) but may be more expensive. They cannot be removed by organic solvents, but only by filing (or left to grow out with the natural nail). Kids play with fancy nails normally made of plastic which are place above the natural nails and can be easily removed manually.

As it is called, it is an art and a fun way to practice your creativity with different designs you may wish to create. While some may not be able to appreciate it, it will only depend on how you carry yourself with whatever your nails look or whatever you look in general. An art is an expression of oneself and is a good way for women like us to show how creative and fun we can be. Be creative and artistic as you can be on your nails.

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