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When did women start growing out and painting fingernails?

Published March 31, 2015 by teacher dahl

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On humans and other primates, nails are a flattened version of a claw which likely developed to aid in gripping and climbing. However, they can also act as a visible “health report.” Someone in poor health, or infected by a fungus, might have yellow, brittle nails, while someone in good health might have strong, long nails.

The fact that healthy nails are the sign of a healthy person may have led to people beginning to grow them out, or it could have been simply that long nails are cumbersome when working with your hands, so they were something of a status symbol. Whatever the case, it might surprise you to learn that manicuring nails has actually been around for many thousands of years—dating back at least to 3200 B.C.

At the time, Chinese royalty would grow their nails and tint them with things like eggwhites or flower petals. Around the same time, Ancient Egyptians were also painting their nails, this time in accordance with their social classes; richer Egyptians painted their nails a darker colour, while poorer Egyptians painted them a lighter colour.

The modern practice of growing out and painting nails is a result of a more recent occurrence, happening in the 1920s and 1930s where women began growing long, luxurious nails. Before this, women commonly tinted their nails with oil or glosses. However, in the 1920s, shortly after the introduction and popularity of automobile paint, proper nail paint also became available and a nail painting boom resulted.

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Of course, many “proper” women didn’t dare paint their nails for several decades after that, but Hollywood stepped in. In 1940, it became the style to have long, red nails, likely spurred on by actress Rita Hayworth. Many women started copying her style, striving to look like the knockout celebrity.

Much like painting one’s nails, artificial nails, which mimic real nails and add length and a healthy appearance to nails, have an astoundingly long history. Artificial nails were once worn by Chinese women during the Ming Dynasty (14th -17th century). In this case, these nail extensions were worn by noblewomen to further show that they did not have to use their hands for manual labour, unlike commoners. There are also records of women in 19th century Greece using pistachio shells as artificial nails.

It wasn’t until 1954 that an early version of the modern artificial nail was invented. It was first patented by Fred Slack, a dentist, who had chipped his nail at work and needed a replacement. He and his brother worked with various materials before coming up with something that would work, starting with dental acrylic, resulting in a realistic-looking fake nail that soon became incredibly popular among women across the world. Since then Slack’s company, Nail Systems International, has continued to innovate creating fake nails out of a variety of substances.

Of course, as with everything beauty and style related, growing nails out and painting them are trends that come and go.

Bonus Facts:

  • According to the Guinness Book of World Records, the woman who had the longest nails was Lee Redmond, a great-grandmother from the United States. She started growing her nails out in 1978 and manicured them regularly to get them to a length of roughly 30 inches each. (All ten nails have a combined length of 24ft, 7.8in, or 751.3 centimetres.) Lee lost her nails in a car accident in 2009.

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  • She reported that she got around just fine with such long nails, buttoning her coat, cutting her grandchildren’s hair, and driving a car with ease. Of course, she added that it was much easier to do all of those things now with her shorter nails. Lee also won’t be growing her nails out again, as it took her 30 years last time and she might not live for another 30, so the title of longest fingernails is up for careful grabs.
  • Perpetual nail biters are called “pathological groomers.” It’s thought that nail biting can actually be lumped together with psychological disorders like OCD. Nail-biting can be a hereditary behaviour caused by a mutation on a gene, meaning people really just can’t help it, or it can simply be a learned behaviour or a product of anxiety. Either way, nail biters rarely have long nails.
  • As you get older, your nails will likely grow more, but they won’t be quite as healthy as they were when you were younger. Older nails tend to be more brittle and duller in colour. In regards to aging toenails, those will become hard and thick. Senior citizens usually experience more nail-related issues, such as ingrown nails, than younger people due to this increased rate of growth.
  • On average, fingernails grow about 3.5 millimetres per month, while toe nails only grow about 1.6 millimetres per month. Interestingly, the fingernails on your dominant hand likely grow faster than the fingernails on your non-dominant hand. Also, male fingernails usually grow faster than female fingernails, except when a woman is pregnant. Everyone’s nails grow faster in the summer than in the winter. Stress can actually slow down nail growth (as well as hair growth), as the nutrients and energy in the body are directed elsewhere.
  • Nails really can tell a doctor a lot about your overall health.
    The colour of your nails can point to possible diseases you might have.
    For instance, a bluish tint might indicate lung disease, while a brown spot could be a sign of melanoma.
    White spots on nails are not caused by a nutrient deficiency, as is widely believed. Some people think that the white spots are caused by not having enough calcium or zinc in the system, but this just isn’t true. Instead, white spots are usually a sign of the nail suffering some trauma.
  • Just think of your nail as a piece of plastic: when plastic is bent, it usually retains a white discoloration at the bend. The same is true of your nails.
  • During the 1960s, women preferred a more natural look and rarely painted their nails. Nail painting saw a huge come-back in the 1980s, though, and since then the practice has been relatively popular in certain countries in the world.

source: todayifoundout.com

Deodorant alternatives

Published May 8, 2014 by teacher dahl

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A more natural choice
Stores stock a variety of deodorants and antiperspirants, but if you’re concerned about the health or environmental effects of using such products, there are alternatives.

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BAKING SODA  and CORN STARCH

Baking soda and cornstarch
Using baking soda as a deodorant is a simple way to combat body odor without subjecting your pits to a variety of chemicals. Mix an eighth of a teaspoon of baking soda with a little bit of water — don’t dissolve it — and rub it under your arms. You can also create a baking soda and cornstarch mix to fight odor and help prevent wetness. Simply mix one part baking soda with six parts cornstarch and dust a little on your underarms.

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LEMON JUICE

Lemon juice
The citric acid in lemon juice can kill odor-causing bacteria, and there are people who swear by the lemon deodorizing method. Jennifer Palmer, chief executive of an organic skincare line, told The New York Times that she swipes her armpits with a sliced lemon on a daily basis. Just be sure not to apply lemon juice to recently shaven armpits — ouch!

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RUBBING ALCOHOL

Rubbing alcohol is another inexpensive and easy deodorant that kills odor-causing bacteria. Simply fill a spray bottle with alcohol and spritz your underarms with it. You can even add a few drops of your favorite essential oil to give it a scent — witch hazel absorbs oil and is mildly astringent, and tea tree oil can help relieve body odor.

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Homemade deodorant
Making your own deodorant is a simple proccess that allows you to customize your deodorant to your needs and preferences. The Web abounds with DIY deodorant recipes, but here are two from popular bloggers.

Home made  deodorant #1
1/4 cup baking soda
1/4 cup arrow root powder or corn starch
5 tablespoons coconut oil
Combine baking soda and arrow root powder in a bowl and mix with a fork. Start with about 4 tablespoons of coconut oil and add it to the baking soda mixture, working it into a paste. You can store the deodorant in a small, air-tight container or put it into an empty deodorant stick dispenser

Home made  deodorant  #2

3 tablespoons shea butter
3 tablespoons baking soda
2 tablespoons corn starch
2 tablespoons cocoa butter
2 vitamin E oil gel caps (squeeze out the oil)
Essential oil

Melt all the ingredients except the oils and stir. Then mix in the oils, pour the mixture into a container, and place the container in the fridge to set. This recipe filled a 1/4 pint jar.

 

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Tawas is the Tagalog term for alum, a chemically hydrated aluminum potassium sulfate that possesses a specific crystal shape. Tawas or alum (common English name) has a chemical formula KAl(SO4)2·12H2O. It is non-toxic, has somewhat a sweet acidic taste that dissolves easily in water and reacts with acid. There are several types of tawas in the market like potassium alum, soda alum, ammonium alum and aluminum alum, but the more common is the potassium alum that most can buy in botika or health stores and from street vendors near churches in the Philippines.

Tawas or alum has varieties of uses. Tawas has industrial, cosmetic, culinary applications as well as some medicinal and health benefits.

source:  Yahoo she

Some Healthful Doctors’ tips for Women

Published April 6, 2014 by teacher dahl

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An Ob gynecologists share these health tips for taking care of women’s body:

1. Go commando anytime you can  

  • A. Panty-less
    “I know women who are never out of their undies—the only time they’re pantiless is in the shower! But when you wear underwear 100 percent of the time, you’re trapping moisture and body heat that can increase the growth of bacteria on the skin of the vulva. If you notice a not-fresh smell, usually the odor isn’t coming from the vagina, it’s coming from bacteria that grow after your vulva has been sitting inside of underwear for hours and hours. It’s even worse in the winter, when people wear tights or nylons and then jeans on top of that. Obviously you don’t want to have a Paris Hilton moment at work, so wear underwear during the day, but as soon as you get home, the panties should come off. And no woman ever needs to wear them to bed.”
  • B.  Bra-less

 

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              Going bra less -around the house .According to the results of a 15-year study in France , bras provide no                      benefits to women and may actually be harmful to breasts over time.

“Medically, physiologically, anatomically, the breast does not benefit from being deprived of gravity,” Jean-Denis Rouillon, a professor at the University of Franche-Comté in Besançon, told France Info.

Conducting the study at the university’s hospital, Rouillon measured and examined the breasts of more than                     300 women, aged 18 and 35, taking note of how the additional support provided by bras affects the body                           over time. (It should be noted the study does not mention breast size.)

Overall, he found that women who did not use bras benefited in the long term, developing more muscle tissue to provide natural support. As France’s The Local notes, Rouillon also noticed that nipples gained a higher lift, in relation to the shoulders, on women who went braless. When bras are worn, the restrictive material prevents such tissue from growing, which may actually accelerate sagging, the study concluded.


2. Yogurt can be great medicine—down there

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“You’ve probably heard that eating yogurt can be helpful in warding off yeast infections because of the good bacteria it contains. Try it in another way, too. If a woman who’s had a yeast infection or bacterial vaginosis before starts to feel like it’s returning, inserting organic, unflavored yogurt with live cultures into the vagina can help balance things out. I tell women to use about a quarter cup before bed, and to be sure to wear a panty liner the next day because there will be some discharge. Some people are too squeamish for it, but in my experience, it works. And if it doesn’t, of course you should head to the doctor.”

 

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 3. Your chances of a natural pregnancy after 42 are basically zilch

“I’ve had to discuss the realities of fertility with a couple of women I care about who are in their 40s. One had just gotten married and told me that she and her husband had tossed the condoms and she couldn’t wait to get pregnant. I had to break the news that her chances were actually really low. She didn’t want to believe me and said, ‘My Aunt Whoever got pregnant when she was 50!’ Sure, once in a great while something like that happens, but the odds are tiny. By the time you’re in your early 40s, the quality of your eggs has declined to the point that even if one does get fertilized, it most likely won’t divide and implant normally. It’s tough—when you look at the media, you see a lot of older stars getting pregnant and having babies. But we doctors know that most of the time, that’s thanks to egg donation, not spontaneous natural conception. Women assume that if they’re still having their period every month that means they’re fertile, but it doesn’t.”

4. Your weight could be ruining your sex life

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“You have to be very gentle when talking to patients about weight, said an Ob Gyne. But I found myself leveling with a family member recently. She had put on about 50 pounds, and admitted to me that she hated the way she looked and didn’t want her husband to see her naked anymore. Then later she was talking about how she had lost her libido and it must be her hormones! I told her that testosterone wasn’t going to fix what was going on with her, but that losing weight could. She got mad at first—it wasn’t easy to hear, and she thought I was being mean. But then we really started talking about it and she realized her feelings about her body were the culprit. She decided to lose weight, and went about it in a really smart and gradual way. It took about a year, but she did it. And her libido came right back.”

 

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5. Don’t blame him if you’re not having orgasms

“When my girlfriends complain about not having orgasms, there’s a tendency to blame it on their partners. What I usually say to them is this: It’s up to you to make it happen—climaxing is a learned experience. That means you have to feel comfortable with your own body and know what you like and how you like it in order to help someone else figure it out. If your boyfriend or husband doesn’t have a clue, you’ve got to figure your body out first, and then teach him and guide him.”

source: Redbook.com

 

 

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