Title and images from Mental Floss. Infographic text by Elizabeth Segran,
Illustrations by Julia Rothman.
Mental Floss got around to illustrating the history of nail polish long before I even thought of doing it. Wha-bam! Here’s Mental Floss’s infographic on the History of Nail Polish. They explain it much more eloquently than I ever could. Consider this a re-blog with some added quirk.
Clearly, I’m on a nail polish kick.
I can’t get over what an excellent job they did with this post. If I ever come up with a better infographic, I’ll be sure to post it. And send it to Mental Floss.
Other Fun Facts
- Car paint is the where our good old nail polish really comes from. The paint was adapted in the 1920s by makeup artist Michelle Menard (see above re: moon manicure and Revlon). Menard worked for a company Charles Revson, which we know today as Revlon (Mental Floss)
- Actress Tippi Hedrin, known for starring in Hitchcock’s The Birds, is the reason the 80% of nail salons in California are run by individuals of Vietnamese descent. And a whopping 51% of nail salons in the United States. Hedrin visited a refugee camp, recruited a beauty school to help the women in the camp, and flew her personal manicurist in to teach 20 of them the art of manicures (BBC)
- In 2012, nail polish sales hit $768 million; a 32% increase from 2011. We can very likely attribute this to a rise in the popularity of nail art (Good Housekeeping)
- In the last decade, we’ve adapted nail polish to exclude several chemicals, including but not limited to: formaldehyde, tolulene, dibutyl phthalate (DBP). We’ve gone from 3 to 7 (and maybe even 9)-free. And let’s not forget the awesomeness that is water-based nail polish.
- I haven’t painted my nails since my last post