A short history of the manicure in the UK

Manicures from Babylonian days

Who can believe that the ancient Babylonians, now known as Iraq, loved tending to their nails and that the oldest manicure set ever, made from solid gold, was discovered there and dates back to 3,200 BC?

During the medieval- and Tudor periods, manicured nails were indicative of a pampered, affluent lifestyle. It was about 1970 that the first nail studios were opened.

Since ancient times, the nail care industry has grown and these days there are so many nail treatments available and nail polishes in every colour and style. The goal in the 21st century as it was in the early history of the manicure, is to present your hands and nails looking well-groomed.

Manicures make for a Relaxing Outing

The great thing about nail bar treatments is that you can rope in your sister or a friend and make a manicure a relaxing outing. You can simply chill out, escape and try something new and exciting and maybe even a time of renewal.

The K West Hotel & Spa offers these manicures during the week and on the weekend. With so many fashions for nails, if you don’t like the way your nails look, change them. The K. West Hotel is alert to the fresh, the new and original and they apply their creative skill in the art of nail beauty care.

What’s more, with brands like Vinylux and Shellac you know that the nail polish has staying power. Ordinary polishes chip and break down with time but these polishes are far more durable. You benefit from a superior brand service with the chip-free manicure technology.

New nails, new outfit

Once you’re done with your nails, the K West Hotel is close to the shopping hotspot Westfield, and with your brand new nails, it’s time to hit the shops for an outfit to liven your looks. Want a manicure that gives your nails a pearly gloss? These days, unlike with the early manicures, you find fast-drying polishes. They come in heaps of different shades that can be applied with speed because of the different shaped


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