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Manicures and pedicures

Manicures and pedicures

In order to really nail it, my spa guide reveals the nuts and bolts of beautifying your digit protectors. All your questions answered and some super top tips for great results.

Are there different kinds of manicure?

Manicures come in a variety of shapes and sizes. You can opt for a basic file and polish, which pretty much does what it says, or you can splash out on a full spa manicure.

What happens when I arrive for my manicure?

The manicure is usually carried out at a specifically designed table within the spa. You will be asked to choose a colour for your polish and remove all your rings, watches and bracelets before the treatment starts.

Top Tip:

Ask if you can pay for your manicure before the treatment to avoid disturbing your beautifully painted nails at the end of the treatment.  Your therapist should also be willing to fish your car keys out of your handbag at the end of the treatment to prevent you ruining her hard work!

What happens during a file and polish manicure?

A file and polish will involve the therapist filling your nails into the shape of your choice - a good spa will ask whether you prefer square or oval shaped nails and file them accordingly. Some spas will include cuticle work in their basic file and polish, but not all do. The therapist will then use a base coat, the nail polish you have chosen and a top coat to paint your nails and seal the colour in.

What happens during a spa manicure?

A spa manicure typically involves the therapist soaking your hands in a bowl of warm water to soften the nails, cuticles and skin then they will file your nails and tidy up your cuticles or nail bed. As with the file and polish, a good therapist will ask whether you prefer square or oval tips to your nails. Your hands, wrists and lower arms will then be exfoliated and massaged before your hands are dried off and finished with the polish, including a base, colour and top coat.

Some spas will charge an additional fee if you would like a French finish to your nails due to the extra time and skill this finish can take to perfect.

Sometimes glycolic exfoliation or a paraffin wax treatment may be included or offered as an add-on to your treatment. Glycolic exfoliation uses the powerful properties of glycolic acid in a cream or gel to dissolve and remove dead and damaged skin cells. That sounds really scary, but honestly it feels like a regular exfoliation and man is your skin smooth afterwards!

A paraffin wax treatment involves dipping your hands in a warm paraffin wax solution, then covering your hands in plastic bags, and then in gloves, it may not sound very glamorous but your hands will be baby soft when the therapist removes the outer layers and peels off the solution which hardens slightly to form a layer of wax on your skin.

As with all spa treatments, you should always advise the spa if you have any allergies or if you may be pregnant so they can ensure the treatment and products used are suitable for you.


Are there different kinds of pedicure?

Pedicures come in basic and deluxe packages. You can opt for the basic file and polish to spruce up your tootsies or you can go for the full luxury of a spa pedicure.

What happens when I arrive for my pedicure?

Some spas will have a pedicure bar which is a specifically designed area with raised seats and foot sinks, others will set you up in a relaxing treatment room where you usually lie on the bed and can totally relax while the therapist does all the hard work. You will be asked to choose a colour for your nails to be painted and to remove your footwear and to roll up your trouser legs to the knee before the pedicure begins.

Top Tip:

Remember to wear thongs to your treatment so you don’t ruin your therapist’s beautiful work by plunging your painted toe nails into socks and shoes before the paint is completely dry. Your therapist will assist you in putting your thongs on to avoid any dents in the nail paint.

What happens during a file and polish pedicure?

A file and polish pedicure will involve the therapist filling your toenails into the shape you request. Some spas will include cuticle work in their basic file and polish but not all do. The therapist will then use a base coat, the nail polish you have chosen and a top coat to paint your nails and seal the colour in.

What happens during a spa pedicure?

A full spa pedicure generally begins with soaking your feet in a sink or foot massager filled with warm water and bubbles to soften the skin and nails. The therapist will then cut and file your toe nails and work on your toenail cuticles applying cuticle oil to soften and/or dissolve the cuticle. Next the soles of your feet will be pumiced, paying particular attention to your heels and the ball of your foot to remove dead skin. Your feet will then be exfoliated and you will usually have a foot, ankle and lower leg massage before the therapist finishes off your treatment with a base coat, colour of your choice and top coat.

Some spas will charge an additional fee if you would like a French finish to your nails due to the extra time and skill this finish can take to perfect.

Sometimes glycolic exfoliation or a paraffin wax treatment may be included or offered as an add-on to your treatment. Glycolic exfoliation uses the powerful properties of glycolic acid in a cream or gel to dissolve and remove dead and damaged skin cells. That sounds really scary but honestly it feels like a regular exfoliation but man is your skin smooth afterwards!

A paraffin wax treatment involves dipping your hands in a warm paraffin wax solution then covering your hands in plastic bags and then in gloves, it may not sound very glamorous but your hands will be baby soft when the therapist removes the outer layers and peels off the solution which hardens slightly to form a layer of wax on your skin.

As with all spa treatments you should always advise the spa if you have any allergies or if you are or maybe pregnant so that they can ensure the treatment and products used are suitable for you.

 

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