December 1, 2011

Mani to Mention

December 2011.

My first ever writing stint for MOD Magazine. I went to five salons and tried their manicure services.

Article: Mani to Mention

       CHRISTMAS season calls for a lot of parties, gimmicks, and reunions with family and friends. For most women, attending these events means dressing up their best and beautifying themselves with treatments and services in salons and spas.

        One service ladies love to avail themselves of at salons is to prettify their digits by having a manicure.

        Manicure comes from the Latin word manus meaning ‘hand’ and cura meaning ‘care.’ It began 5,000 years ago in India, when henna was used by people as their nail polish. The practice then quickly spread to the other parts of the world. In Southern Babylonia, 4,000 years ago, the people turned to solid gold tools to achieve fabulous and well-shaped nails. Nail polish was developed 3,000 years ago in China where nail polishes showed what a person’s social status is.

        Red and black were the prominent colors during the Ming dynasty. Red is also favored in ancient Egypt by Queen Nefertiti and Cleopatra.

        Surprisingly, it was not only the women who were into manicure. Did you know that the commanders in the military of both Rome and Egypt also put nail polish on their nails? This is to match the color they are wearing on their lips before heading into battle.

        Today, manicure has come a long way from being just in plain colors like red, pink, or black. It has now evolved to nail polishes with designs. This is what we call today as nail art. You may have neon shades of yellow, blue, or green with designs of flowers, hearts, or even your favorite fruit or cartoon character. This may be done manually or by using a machine.

        To make sure your nails look their best this Christmas season, MOD rated five salons around the metro. See which one nailed it.- Ma. Janine Bianca Romero Photography by Julian Alexis Santos


Special thanks to my mom, my college friend Carra and my bf(photog.) for literally giving me a HAND. :)
(11 Rainbow cor. Panganiban St. Concepcion Dos, Marikina City)
(Km. 12 Sumulong Hi-way “near Masinag Market” Antipolo City)
(2nd Level Gateway Mall, Araneta Center Cubao, Quezon City)

4. F8th AVENUE SALON   (LRT 2 Santolan Station Santolan Arcade Bldg. Lot 2-C 5A Marcos Highway, Santolan, Pasig)

(1 G/F Trinity Palce, 1245-53 Asturias St., Sampaloc, Manila) 

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