#ThrowbackThursday 7 facts about nail polish from the '20s

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Wearing nail polish in the present is almost the same as breathing but way back in the '20s, this now common trend was reserved for the upper class! Check out more nail polish facts from way back.

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Nail polish was made popular in the 1920s where it was created for mere show off. Any lady who wore nail polish back then was seen as a lady of leisure and very comfortable.

In the 1920s Nitrocellulose was introduced as an ingredient in nail polish which acted as a film forming agent to make the polish stay in place and last longer.

There are more fun facts about nail polish way back then that have been taken for granted in the present day:

  1.  In the 1920's before nitrocellulose, women would either manicure their nails with powder or cream polish, which would be buffed onto nails with a cloth to give a subtle pink finish!

  2. In the 1920s if your nails were well kept, you are automatically seen as a member of the upper class as it wasn't an affordable or common beauty product.

  3. Cutex was one of the leading nail polish brands of the 1920s.

  4. In the 1920s it was trend to paint the middle of the nail leaving the top and bottom bare.

  5. A lot of ladies started tending more to their nails by wearing nail polish in the 1920s, it became a major trend in this era.

  6. Nail polish were predominantly in shades of light pink with limited rose colours saved for 'scandalous' women.

  7. In the early nail polish wearing era, it was reported that one of Revlon’s base coats ruined quite a few fingernails and even led to one amputation!

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