The History of the Manicure

Exploring the History of the Manicure

Don’t you just live to spoil yourself with a freshly done manicure? Have you ever wondered about the origins of this nail treatment? In this article, we take a closer look at the history of the manicure. Find out how your favourite nail treatment came to be below and learn about the different types of manicures you can get applied to your fingernails at your next nail appointment.


Tammy Taylor Nails is an American nail brand that was first introduced in South Africa by businesswomen and entrepreneur Melany Viljoen. It was during the year 2015 when Melany was searching for a new and exciting nail product to showcase in her country when she came across the Tammy Taylor brand. Since then, more than one hundred Tammy Taylor nail and beauty salons have opened their doors in different locations across the country, with Melany as the current president of Tammy Taylor Nails South Africa.


One of the most noteworthy facts about Tammy Taylor Nails South Africa is that we are the only nail spa salon in the country that holds a patent for applying natural diamonds on real nails. Our president Melany Viljoen is the owner of the patent. Having this patent in our possession means that we are the only nail salon in South Africa that is licensed to offer the service of applying diamonds on real nails. Contact your nearest Tammy Taylor nail salon to find out more about this service.




What is a Manicure?

A manicure is a beauty treatment that is specifically for the hands. Women all around the world get manicures done on their nails to beautify and maintain their nails. A great manicure can act as a confidence booster for all women. You can choose to match your manicure to your outfit for a special occasion, apply nail art and different designs to make them a fashion statement or choose just to file, cut, and buff your nails for an extra clean look.


Both men and women can reap the benefits of a freshly done manicure. This nail treatment is great for maintaining healthy nails and skin. At Tammy Taylor Nails South Africa we offer our manicure services to our fellow kings and queen in the country. Speak to our professional staff members today to find out more.

history of the manicure

The History of the Manicure

Interestingly enough, it has been known for ladies have been getting manicures approximately five thousand years back in India when the women there use to apply henna on to their nails like nail polish. The act of painting nails later then moved down to China where the female dowager empress Cix is known to have liked taking care of her long, beautiful nails.


The French manicure

The term manicure is a French word that comes from the terms “manu” which means hands and “cura” which means care. During the years 1920 to 190, manicures became increasingly popular in France. During these years it was known to be a fashion statement if you chose to paint the tips of the nails white and leave the rest of the nail untouched. This trend became so popular it was later named the “French Manicure”.


Other Types of Manicures Available

In the world we are living in today, we are all spoiled for choice. There are so many different types of manicures to get applied to your nails. Some of the most popular options include, but are not limited to:


Hot oil manicure 

The hot oil manicure is known to be one of the most luxurious and relaxing types of manicures out there. This type of manicure is great for when your hands are left feeling brittle and dry. The hot oil manicure restores moisture into your fingernails and works as an exfoliator to remove all of the dead, dry skin from your hands.

Clients who book this service are required to soak their fingernails into heated natural oils. The oils used in this treatment leave your fingernails and hands with an extra natural shine without applying any nail polish to the nail.

– Acrylic manicure

Acrylic nails are best described as a combination of liquid and powder that is applied to your natural nail with a special brush. Once the mixture is applied to your nails, the nail technician will then proceed to shape the nail and apply a layer of base coat, nail polish, and then finally a top coat to seal the look.

Tammy Taylor Nails offers acrylic manicure services in all of our nail salons in South Africa. We also offer the service of soaking off and filing off the acrylic manicure too. Visit your nearest Tammy Taylor nail salon to find out more.

Soak off gel manicure 

The soak-off gel manicure is a nail treatment that involves painting on gel soak-off nail polish onto your nails. Each layer of gel polish that is painted on is then cured using an ultraviolet (UV) light before another layer of gel soak-off nail polish is applied onto the nail.

We at Tammy Taylor Nails South Africa are proud to offer this service to our fellow beauty queens and young girls too. We also have a unique Acrylic gel hybrid nail polish that is exclusive to our nail salons only. This soak-off product is odourless and environmentally friendly too.


If you would like to find out more about our manicure services, please feel free to give us a call on 010 591 1034 today. Alternatively, all of our clients are welcome to schedule their own nail appointments using our Tammy Taylor Nails bookings app. The app is compatible with both Android and iOS devices. All you have to do is download and install the software onto your phone before registering as a user on the app. Once you have registered as a user, you can proceed to make your own appointments whenever it is most convenient for you. Get your next manicure done at Tammy Taylor nails.

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