Progressive Polish: Nails Get Techy

10 fingers +10 toes = 20 canvases for expression

Nails are one of the many places on the body where people express their individuality, and as technology is advancing, so are the polishes we put on them.

Date-Rape Sensing Polish

According to a 2014 report by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, an estimated 19.3 percent of women have been raped in the United States. Four engineering students at North Carolina State University used their senior design project as a means to combat this problem.

Their idea was to develop a clear fingernail polish that will change color when put in contact with a date rape drug, North Carolina State’s engineering magazine reported. “A woman at a party could simply stir her drink with her finger to check that it hasn’t been altered.”

That senior project turned into a company called Undercover Colors with seven full-time employees. Although it has not yet released a working polish yet, the group wrote on its Facebook page that its “goal is to invent technologies that empower people to protect themselves from this heinous and quietly pervasive crime.”

Undercover Colors’ mission is to “make potential perpetrators afraid to spike a drink because there’s now a risk that they can get caught. In effect, we want to shift the fear from the victims to the perpetrators.”

Color-Changing Polish

If you find yourself bored of your nail color after a few days, Del Sol offers a variety of polishes that change color with sunlight. Step outside and go from Silvery White to Reckless Pink, Powder Blue to Kiwi, or Orange Glitter to Black Glitter.

According to Del Sol’s website, “Spectrachrome Crystals reveal hidden colors when exposed to ultraviolet waves; ie., sunlight.” The dye does not actually change color. An energy-shift occurs, causing the color of the dye to become visible to the human eye.

Spray-On Polish

Award-winning British brand Nails inc released spray-on nail polish in November 2015, according to The product, dubbed “the world’s fastest manicure” is expected to revolutionize nail art.

“It works by only adhering to your base coat, and not your skin. After the polish dries, you can simply wash your hands and the extra polish will just rinse off your hands like magic,” Seventeen magazine reported.

Voila! A 20-second manicure.

Although our friends across the pond are already enjoying this new phenomenon, Americans will have to wait until spring 2016 to purchase it in the U.S.


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