The incredible rise of nail polish for men
What, nail polish for men? Yes ! The phenomenon is on the rise but is not new. You should know that nail polish for men or at least worn by men has been around for years. 23Beauty campaigns for greater democratization of nail polish worn by men, within the LGBTQ community but not only!
Is nail polish for men new?
Absolutely not ! Men from Egypt and some from ancient China already colored their nails. We even have evidence that Babylonian warriors were doing it around 3500 BC. “Warriors adorned their fingernails with crushed minerals as part of a pre-battle ritual intended to intimidate their enemies,” according to a 2018 article from the University of Rochester Medical Center in New York State.
For around 2 millennia, women have appropriated the act of coloring their nails and applying varnish. But in the 70s and 80s manicure for men made a comeback! Reserved for the rock scene, nail polish for men has been worn by stars like David Bowie, Freddie Mercury and Prince.
In the 90s, grunge took over the trend, particularly with Kurt Cobain who loved red.
Little by little, actors, pop singers and rappers are daring and wearing nail polish for men (the same for all genders! Yeaaah).
LGBTQ, artists, rappers, everyone?
It's true that nail polish for men is increasingly visible in the world of music, cinema, entertainment and within the LGBT community. But on a daily basis, do men wear them? Little by little yes, but it still remains more common in certain circles (fashion, art).
What nail polish colors for men?
THE glittery for the LGBT community, the black daily ? No more boundaries, rules or genres. Everyone has their own desires, and everyone has their own color. Red, black, gold or nail art for everyone.