Manicure & Pedicure Information Guide
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What is a manicure?
A manicure is a cosmetic beauty treatment for the fingernails and hands, usually performed in a salon. A standard manicure usually involves the filing and shaping of the nails and application of polish. Your hands are usually soaked in a softening substance and have land lotion applied. The cuticles are then pushed back with a cuticle pusher to create an even nail, at which time the nail is polished and buffed with a polishing board.
There are a variety of finishes you can have once your nails are ready to be painted ranging from a single layer of nail polish to various nail art designs, a French manicure, or even acrylic nails or Gel nails. Your manicure should only be carried out by trained nail professionals.
What is a pedicure?
A pedicure is a cosmetic beauty treatment for the toenails and feet, usually performed in a salon.
It is very similar to a manicure, and can help prevent nail diseases and nail disorders. Dead skin cells on the bottom of feet are rubbed off using a pumice stone, and leg care below the knee is now usually a part of the pedicure procedure. Leg care can include hair removal via shaving or waxing followed by exfoliation, application of moisturisers and a brief leg massage. Your pedicure should only be carried out by trained nail professionals.
Are there different kinds of manicures and pedicures?
Of course! Manicures and pedicures came in a range of shapes and sizes, just like your nails! You can opt for simple salon and get a trim, buff & polish (perhaps with an Essie nail polish?) or go for something more extravagant like a full spa manicure and get yourself a Shellac manicure or perhaps an OPI shatter manicure?
Pedicures tend to come in basic and deluxe packages and are available at all the same spas and salons that manicures are.
How long does it take to get a manicure or pedicure?
An express manicure or pedicure lasts for 30 – 40 minutes, and involves the basic trimming, buffing and colouring of the nails.
A standard manicure or pedicure usually lasts for around 45 – 50 minutes and involves the basic trimming, buffing and colouring of the nails plus a little bit of extra love and attention.
A deluxe manicure or pedicure usually lasts an hour, and is truly an experience to remember.
How much does it cost to get a manicure or pedicure?
An express manicure or pedicure can cost from $20 to $50
A deluxe manicure or pedicure can cost from $50 –150
What other types of decoration can I get on my nails?
Minx nails are gaining popularity with celebrities and everyday people alike! They are a special type of nail covering and are not painted on – which gives them limitless style potential. The only downside is that Minx nails only last up to two weeks, unlike other forms of manicures and Shellac, Colour Gloss or gel nails that can last up to 4 weeks. They must be applied by a trained nail professional.
Shellac nails are the new kid on the block, and have been one of the most popular type of nail applications in the last few years. They last up to 2 weeks without loosing their shine or shimmer and are super hard, so they don’t scratch or smudge. An easy ten step process is used to apply the Shellac nails.
- 1 thin layer of shellac base coat
- 10 seconds of curing in a UV lamp
- 1 thin layer of shellac color coat
- 2 minutes of curing in a UV lamp
- 2nd layer of shellac color coat
- 2 minutes of curing in a UV lamp
- 1 thin layer of shellac top coat
- 2 final minutes of curing in a UV lamp
- Wipe nails done with 99% isopropyl alcohol
- Apply solar oil to nails
What is the procedure to get a manicure or pedicure?
For a manicure, you will be asked to remove all rings watches, bracelets etc. For both a manicure and pedicure you will now choose whether you want a French manicure (very popular) or to have a colour applied, like and OPI colour or perhaps a shatter nail polish.
If you are interested in getting nail designs applied you should ask your nail technician at this stage what types they have and discuss your options. Your nails will then be filed – a good salon or spa will ask you which shape you prefer – and buffed and the colour or nail art you have chosen will be applied.
A spa manicure or pedicure will be a bit more extravagant with your hands typically being soaked, and your hands, wrist and lower arms will then be exfoliated and massaged before your hands are dried off and finished with the polish or nail art.
Some spas and salons may charge extra if you wish to have a French manicure or pedicure, so ensure you know clarify what you want at the beginning.