MANICURE AND PEDICURE OVERVIEW
A manicure or pedicure is a treatment of the nails of the hand and feet respectively.
WHAT TO EXPECT
The manicure/pedicure involves the filing and shaping of the outer edge of the nail. The shape may be square or oval. The inner cuticle area is pushed downwards to give the impression of a larger nail surface. The hand/foot is cleansed and may be massaged gently and briefly. The nail may then be primed for the application of nail polish. An undercoat is painted on the nail and allowed to dry. The polish is applied on top of the undercoat and allowed to dry. This is then followed by the pigmented polish and overcoat. If colourless, the process is called a French manicure and is characterised by a natural look and white tips on the nails.
Nowadays there are commonly seen and highly popular hard-wearing, longer-lasting, 2-week manicures and pedicures using proprietary products such as Shellac, Gelish (and others).
BENEFITS OF MANICURES AND PEDICURES
Nails look tidy and cared for, traditionally a sign that one doesn’t have to engage in manual labour for a living!
Pedicures can tickle more intimately than manicures. Manicures can take up to 30 minutes and the result (using a traditional nail varnish) may only last one night before the nail varnish chips.