A walk through Ancient Egypt and The Beauty of Nail Art

Today, across Africa and going round the world, nail art is a huge trend.

The art is peculiar, nostalgic, hyperrealistic, simplicitic, sometimes aggressive and incredibly intricate. 

So whose signature is on the canvas?


Recently on social media, the new-gen French manicure is making wave with multicolored designs and animal print tips. Many over the internet reacted to the trend making claims to how and where nail art originated from. Some posted old-age pictures of African women in their rooms with multicolored nails and all sorts of designs.

However, tracing the exact origin of nail art is an unending web search. Funnily, nail art originated in different parts of the world about the same time. 

Taking a walk through Ancient Egypt, the art may have started around 5000 to 3000 BC. During that time, Egyptian women would dye their nails with henna to indicate social status and seductiveness. 

Wall art of Egyptian women making nail art

It was a culture that showed class for both men and women. So, women of the lower class wore pastel and neutral shades, while the upper classes wore deep, bright shades. 

The black nail is strictly for noblemen, while common men flexed their green with pride. 

Ever since, the art has improved and these days women rock it more to express womanliness. Some men still do and maintain their masculinity whereas it is discouraged in some cultures.

The beauty of it, is that you can just DIY at home expressing yourself to the fullest 🙂

By Elijah Christopher

Elijah Christopher

Elijah Christopher is a journalist at A New Touch Of Africa, is also a creative writer, a poet, and an IT enthusiast. He contributed to the collaborative poem written in celebration of Edwin Morgan Centenary, the first Glasgow poet laureate and Scottish national poet from the University of Glasgow. He loves meeting people and learning about new places, cultures, events, and lifestyles.

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