Fun facts about fingernails

Some of us paint them, some cut them short and barely notice them while others take a lot of pride in growing them as long as possible. Most of us have 10 fingernails spread across both of our hands but how often do we really think about how they grow and function? These fun facts about fingernails provide a little insight into this essential, but often unnoticed, body part.

  • Artificial nails were invented in 1954. However, this isn’t the first moment in history that they have been worn. There is evidence that women were wearing long artificial nails as far back as Ancient Egypt and the Ming Dynasty in China.
  • The fingernails on our hands grow at different rates. Thumbnails tend to be the biggest and also grow the slowest while the fingernails on our middle fingers grow at the fastest rate.
  • What happens to your fingernails after you die? Well, contrary to the many rumours on the subject your fingernails don’t actually continue to grow. They stop, just like most other body parts, once your heart is no longer pumping.
  • Men’s fingernails tend to grow at a faster rate than women’s – in theory at least. In fact, the person with the longest recorded fingernails was a man. American Melvin Boothe had grown his fingernails to the length of 9.85m when they were measured in 2009.
  • Plenty of women have also grown their nails long though. American Lee Redmond grew her fingernails to 8.65m, which took 20 years. Unfortunately, shortly after having them measured she lost the record breaking nails in a car accident.
  • Your fingernails grow much more quickly than your toenails. If you were ever to try to measure the rate of growth you’d find that your fingernails were achieving about 1cm every 100 days.
  • Fingernails respond to the sun. If you live in a hot country then your fingernails are likely to grow faster – and if your location is affected by seasons then they will grow more quickly in summer than winter.
  • You’re unlikely to wake up with much longer nails. That’s because fingernails will do more of their growing during the daytime than nighttime hours.
  • There are lots of different ways people try to encourage fingernail growth, from changing your diet to taking supplements. Typing on a keyboard has also been found to have a stimulating impact on the growth of these nails.
  • Fingernails respond to hand use. That’s why you’ll find that the nails on your dominant hand grow more quickly than those on your non-dominant hand.
  • Although we have millions of sweat glands around our bodies you won’t find any on your fingernails. Because there are no sweat glands on your fingernails you’ll never see them glisten, unlike other areas like your face or underarms.

Fingernails are a small but essential part of the human body – and one that has plenty of decorative potential, from fake nails to coloured nail varnish. As these fun facts show they are also quite an unusual body part too.

LCBT Students Discuss Why They Chose the Beauty Industry on the BBC

The beauty industry is worth millions, with the lash business seeing a recent boom. Our amazing students recently spoke to the BBC about why they chose to pursue a career in the beauty industry.

To learn more about how you can quality as a Lash Technician and become one of those high earners, head over to our CPD page where you will find more information on the courses we offer.

To read the full story on the BBC website, click here.

6 Reasons why you should consider a career in beauty industry

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Beauty is a broad industry that encompasses many different types of careers and a wide range of different roles. Whether you’re ultra organised, looking for job security or craving a creative outlet there are lots of benefits to considering a career in the beauty industry.

1. It’s not location specific.

In fact, you can choose where you want to work – anywhere in the world. If you’re looking to set up a local business working with local clients that’s easy to do – or if global travels are more your motivation, in the beauty sector there’s no limit to where you can live and work. Skills in this industry are very transferrable and, if you want to travel, you don’t even necessarily need to speak the local language to be able to work in different places.

2. The beauty sector is a great place for creatives.

Whether your background is in art or design, fashion or even baking, you’ll find a lot of options for these kinds of creative skills in the beauty industry. You can work in make up – for every day or theatre or fashion -, hair, nails or skincare. Plus there is a whole side industry that has sprung up around sharing your work via social platforms to inspire others and find new clients.

3. Beauty is a people focused sector.

When you start a career in beauty you’ll be able to work with a very wide range of people, from other professionals to people who are venturing into a salon or spa for the first time. From celebrities and high profile individuals through to a teenager getting their first manicure, the range of people you’ll meet in a career like this is broad. If you’re a people person with an interest in others then the beauty industry is an obvious choice.

4. There are so many different roles available.

If you work in beauty you could be helping others to get better at make up or hair, producing professional results for shoots or regularly providing clients with beauty maintenance. The work offers enormous variety and it’s very difficult to get bored given the wide spectrum of jobs and locations that could be involved.

5. Beauty offers job security.

People will always want – and need – beauty treatments and that offers a degree of job security that some other industries are just not capable of providing today. You will have a great deal of control over your career trajectory too and can influence how successful you are – the more effort you put in, the more your business will grow.

6. Choose your lifestyle.

If you want to work in a salon 9-5 then that’s an option. If you prefer something more flexible with work in evenings and weekends then you can do that too. Working in beauty allows your job to accommodate your lifestyle choices.

If you’re considering a career in the beauty sector these are some great reasons to enquire and take the plunge today.


LCBT are proud to present a selection of wellness events from our partners and wellbeing experts Aromatherapy Associates.

Join us on the following dates to learn about how you can introduce aromatherapy into your life:

Thursday 24th January 2019 -  Aromatherapy for re-energising

Essential oils have the ability to lift the mood and enhance our productivity discover easy ways of recharging during the 4 o’clock slump

Thursday 2nd May 2019 – Wellbeing through Aromatherapy

Ever wondered how aromatherapy products work? This workshop dissects some of our most coveted blends to explain the benefits of each pure essential oil.

Thursday 26th September 2019 -  Aromatherapy for Sleep & Relaxation

Good sleep is crucial to physical, mental and emotional health. Discover how to use essential oils to induce the perfect night’s sleep


To book your place on any of these talks, please email or call 0207 208 1302.


Today Sue Husband, Director of the National Apprenticeship Service visited LCBT.

Sue Husband met with L’Oreal HR apprenticeship lead Charlie Buckland and L’Oreal apprentices with LCBT, and judged a Level 2 Hair and Media Make-Up competition with Christianne Cavaliere CEO.

Sue leads the work of the National Apprenticeship Service engaging employers and employer groups to increase participation in apprenticeships and traineeships.


From our partners and Wellbeing experts Aromatherapy Associates, here are their tips and advice to improve your wellbeing.
Wellbeing is the state of being comfortable, healthy or happy.

Living in the 21st Century we are all working harder than ever, striving to be the best version of ourselves at all times and simply not taking enough time to enjoy our lives. Having good mental and physical wellbeing is essential for us to function and be happy.

There are endless things that we can all adopt to try and improve our wellbeing. Being more mindful, regularly meditating, managing stress levels and improving positivity.

If you have good mental and physical wellbeing you are able to:

  • Live and work productively
  • Feel more engaged
  • Cope with daily stresses
  • Feel more confident
  • Boost confidence

Aromatherapy Associates Wellness Experts have put together 6 simple steps that you can adopt in order to improve your wellbeing:

  1. Mindfulness – Being more aware of your thoughts, feelings and surroundings can positively change how you feel.
  2. Kindness – Small acts of kindness can improve your mental wellbeing. Even the smallest acts can count; smiling at someone or paying a compliment.
  3.  Active – Move more! Walk, cycle, swim or take the stairs rather than escalator!
  4. Learn – Learning new things can help give you a sense of achievement and confidence! Sign up to learn something new today!
  5. Connect – Spend more time developing relationships with friends, colleagues and family!
  6. Emotions – Accept them. Sometimes we spend energy avoiding our emotions than actually feeling them. Give yourself unconditional permission to feel your feelings.

Taking better care of your mind and body boosts your wellbeing and provides instant benefits to help you manage difficulties in your life.



LCBT are now running a new

Level 4 Spa and Salon Management course!


If you've completed your Level 3 Diploma in Beauty Therapy and are looking for your next step come to our


Level 4 Spa and Salon Management Open Day - Friday 30th June


Designed with busy professionals and family commitments in mind the course takes a blended learning approach with home study and lecturers taking place 1 day a month for 10 months.


Open Day - Friday 30th June from 1:30pm


You will have the chance to find out more about the course, meet the tutor and enrol to start this September!


Advanced Learner Loans are available to pay for the course and exam fees if you are eligible. You will be able to discuss this with a member of our Central Admissions team on the day.  


To book your place now call our customer services team on

0207 208 1300


Our Level 2 Diploma in Beauty Therapy is now available as an evening course!

Always wanted to work in the beauty industry, but can't find the time to study around family and other lifestyle commitments?

Our Level 2 Diploma in Beauty Therapy is now available to study as a flexible evening course, designed specifically for adults seeking a career in beauty, make-up or nails.

This exciting course starts on 23rd May, and runs from 6pm - 9pm just 2 days a week, to fit around your busy schedule!

Find out more information here.


LCBT are returning to IMATS on the 19th May for the entire show with 2 teams creating 2 different themed looks from start to finish using their expert make-up techniques gained from education and industry.

The final looks will be revealed on Saturday 20th May and Sunday 21st, so come and visit our stand #772 to see how you can transform a full body look with make-up and prosthetics for different characters.


The 2nd Level 2 Beauty Therapy incentives training took place on Wednesday 5th April.

The learners thoroughly enjoyed the experience and were happy for the opportunity to attend.
They all completed the Step 1 - The Dermalogica skin treatment.