Posted by Pree Walia on June 29, 2015 at 7:00 AM

Marne, our amazing community manager, has pushed me to share advice with all of you Preemadonnas on how to master July 4th festive nail art. I wish I had instructive YouTube tutorials on how to get the best star spangled, chevron or tuxedo manis, but the truth is that while I love sporting nail art, I have had a hard time being a maker or creator of it without the Nailbot. I am terribly coordinated, can’t paint with my non dominant hand, and (before inventing the Nailbot) often used stickers to get designs on my nails. 

So what advice on manually (INSTEAD OF DIGITALLY WITH THE NAILBOT!) painting your nails can I possibly offer?

Just try really hard and concentrate!

Let your mind imagine, your heart soar and your fingers play. (That sounded lyrical:-)) 

Instead, I’d rather share my learning around the history of nail decoration. Why it matters and why we invented the Nailbot to make art, beauty and creativity more accessible.

How many of you Preemadonnas rock out with goth nail polish, bedazzled phone cases or even intricate temporary tattoos? Those fashion statements - even if you don’t realize it - are forms of unique self expression! I’m happy to let you know, nail decorations are some of the most accepted and historical forms of creative expression for women!


It started around the invention of the wheel (that’s 3500BC!).

Nail decoration and a well groomed set of hands historically symbolized a sign of status and wealth since ancient civilizations. In fact, in Egyptian civilizations, Cleopatra and Queen Nefertiti loved shades of red to showcase their social standing and artistic preferences.

But with nail polish available in nail lacquer bottles - thanks to the arrival of car paint in the 1920s - there began an era of access to creative expression through fashion and beauty. Nail polish evolved (more colors, formulas, sizes, & brushes), the nail salon industry boom started in the 1980s, and eventually DIY nail polish bottles became recession proof (i.e. an affordable luxury that many women have access to in times of economic hardship).

But what about nail "art?" It didn't merely explode into the mainstream scene by chance. In particular, African American women have expressed themselves creatively through fantastic and intricate art on their fingernails far before it exploded into the fashion and mainstream consumer world with wraps, stickers and DIY kits. Many commentators and fashion editors suggest that as nail polish and nail decoration became recession proof and available to the masses, accessibility to beauty and nail art has transcended class boundaries.

As we gear to celebrate July 4th here in the United States and our country’s birth - it is important to remember that we should all be allowed the freedom to express ourselves creatively - whether through music, writing, science or (nail) art.

Happy creating!


Phone case image from Marlen
Gothic nail art image from 
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