Thursday, March 5, 2015

the history of nail polish part 3 - men who wear nail polish

                                                            men who wear nail polish. 

In today's  world everyone can wear nail polish.  Nail polish is used for all kinds of things. i can think back to my father asking me for a bottle of polish. to paint something on a car once. i never really thought about this. when i was a teen I had a male friend who loved nail polish. back then i found it strange but had no problems with this. now as the years have come and gone. i see more and more men wear nail polish. This got me thinking!!!!. hummm  did men wear  nail polish before? so i looked around the internet and other places (library, talked to a few men) .
so i found out men did wear nail polish before. In fact men wore nail polish before woman did. Babylonian warriors (around 3,200 b.c )  did not use the same type of polish we use to day but they did paint there nails. Men before going to war would paint there nails with kohl or henna. many of them also dyed there hair before going in to battle. nail polish  originated in china around 3,000 b.c.  both men and woman would wear  polish. In china nail polish was made of beeswax, egg whites, gelatin and crushed flower petals for color. They would soak there nails for hours or apply it directly to the nails and let it sit  over night. men in china also would use kohl for there nails. many of the upper class would paint there nails, however  the lower class was not allowed to do this from my understanding. many royal men and woman wore gold and silver on there nails. Over time the colors changed to red and black. At some point this faded out and many people did not wear polish any more. but in the early 1920's woman started wearing nail polish again. By 1990 many more  people wore nail polish. Many of the men in this time who wore polish would wear black. Men who liked heavy metal band and the goth/ vamp scene were all major contributors to men wearing nail polish. In 1995 the company hard candy jumped on the band wagon and came up with there own line of men's nail polish. if  you would like to see a video on hard candy nail polish for men here is a link
As time has gone on a lot of men still wear nail polish. we have   a few  different company's  that have come up with polish for men. Like  man glaze, (an indie polish for men)
Some of the names for these polishes are just strange. such as fuggen ugly,fatty's got more blood- red or  butt taco. These are all matte polishes and come in 15 different colors. I have to say i really do love this polish. I own 2 bottles and the  white is amazing. (not shown here)
orwe have the new evaluation man, as of right now they only have 3 polishes on there site. Pavement nail paint (white) , Pure matte nail varnish (matte top coat) and pure bling nail varnish ( fast drying top coat)

There are a lot of matte nail polish out there for men. Even orly has one 
 called nails for men,  and lets not forget essie - Man-E-Cure
many men now in 2014 wear nail polish. so we have come a long way. 
we have the average men who like's  to wear nail polish along with celebrities. nail polish for men is becoming a huge part of our  society, Its really amazing.  my husband told me the other day that baseball catchers wear nail polish on one hand. I really did not believe him about this. However he is absolutely correct.   They normally wear bright yellow nail polish on one hand. well i have to say it's interesting!. But why would they do that? 
well from what i learned they do it so the pitcher can communicate  with them about what pitch to throw. so they need to be able to see the fingers.  1 finger- fast ball , 2 fingers- curve ball, 3 fingers- slider and 4 fingers/ wiggle fingers - change up.   WOW !!!!  i never had thought about nail polish and baseball. t.  

so from way back in history to today men have worn nail polish.  i guess that's why they call it a manicure. LOL .   

   if you would like to  buy your man a nail polish here is a few links for you-
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i hope you enjoyed this post. 

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