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15 Things You Didn't Know About Nail Polish

For starters, a dentist invented acrylic nails.


1. Nail polish originated in China as early as 3000 BC.

The ingredients included beeswax, egg whites, gelatine, and vegetable dyes. In Ancient Egypt, nail polish was even used to signify class rankings: The lower class often wore nude and light colours, while high society painted their nails red. (No wonder red manicures are so iconic!)


2. The invention of the car spurred the creation of the first modern-day nail polish.

Inspired by automobile paint, a completely colourless version was introduced in 1916. Revlon became the first established nail polish brand in 1932 when they released a cream colour. 


3. Acrylic nails were introduced in 1978.

And they were invented by a dentist.


4. In 1934, a bottle of Cutex nail polish cost 35 cents.

It was only available in three shades of red.


5. The most expensive nail polish costs $250,000.

Nope, that is not a typo. The colour, Black Diamond King, is made with 267 carats worth of black diamonds


6. In 2012, nail polish sales reached $768 million.

This was a 32% increase over 2011, and was probably due to a rise in nail art mania. 


7. Actress Rita Hayworth popularized red nail polish.

After the introduction of Technicolor, Rita's bold nails launched a polish movement. Much later, Uma Thurman would start a new trend of vamp-coloured nails, thanks to her hit role in Pulp Fiction. 


8. There are 13 types of nail polish finishes.

And they include: shimmer, micro-shimmer, micro-glitter, glitter, frost, lustre, crème, prismatic micro-glitter or shimmer, iridescent, opalescent, matte, duo-chrome, and translucent.


9. Opened bottles of nail polish only last about two years.

Unopened bottles can last indefinitely. But once you twist the cap off for the first time, certain ingredients evaporate, which changes the formula and consistency of your polish. 


10. Some nail polishes have food in them.

Well, food extract that is. Nails Inc. recently launched a brand of nail polish with kale, which they claim will smooth and brighten nails. London town Lakur's formula includes garlic to strengthen and harden nails, while others have cucumber that allegedly prevents splitting.


11. You shouldn't throw your nail polish away.

The EPA considers nail polish a household hazardous waste so you should technically toss your unused bottles in a hazardous waste facility. (However, even the EPA says it's impossible to regulate every household, so there is an exemption to waste generated by normal household activities.) 


12. Storing nail polish in the bathroom is a big no-no.

And contrary to some reports, you shouldn't put polish in the fridge either. The chill will cause the polish to crystalize, which breaks down the formula. Instead, keep polish in a dry, room temperature space without direct contact to sunlight. 


13. Painting your nails is prohibited on airplanes.

One woman was even arrested for painting her nails on a flight. She did also use profane language and refuse to stop, but overall, most airlines frown upon nail lacquer in the sky. 


14. Neon nail polish is technically illegal.

Or at least the FDA hasn't approved them yet. Certain colorants used to create neon and glow-in-the-dark polishes are not allowed, but that does not mean you won't find them on beauty shelves. Many companies like OPI use formulas with FDA-approved colouring, while your other favourite neon polishes are imported. 


15. You can use nail polish to fix a run in your tights, thread a needle, and more.

If you're like many women, you own at least a couple nail polish colors that you like, but rarely wear. Instead of letting those lacquers sit in your dresser untouched for months at a time, try one of these nifty DIYs.

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