💅Pedicure Do’s and Don’ts Every Woman Needs to Know
Jul. 28, 2020
Whether you do it yourself or go to the salon, follow these essential do’s and don’ts that are universal to pedicures!
Are you in desperate need of a pedicure? Perhaps you’ll choose to do it yourself to save some money or you’ll dash out to the nearest nail salon to let a pro handle it. Whatever you do though, it’s important to always follow the golden rules of pedicures to look your best and avoid painful problems down the road.
Let our do’s and don’ts be your guide in getting the best pedicure!
If you’re getting a manicure too, don’t mix and match nail polish colors between hands and feet. It will look the best when it’s the same shade but if that’s not possible, a coordinating color should be selected rather than going from one extreme to the other.
Take care of your calluses. At home or the salon, they should be soaked for a minimum of 5 minutes. You can buff them with a pumice stone to safely remove dead skin and give your feet a softer look and feel, but never use a razor to shave off hardened bits. If a salon technician tries, don’t allow it. You can risk an infection that will require a trip to the doctor to resolve. The same rules apply for cuticles too!
Never ignore the state of your toenails. It’s always important to remove your old nail polish from time to time to check out the health of the nails underneath. Some staining from old polish is normal with darker shades. You can lighten them with lemon juice after using a non-acetone nail polish remover. However, if you notice that your nails are also brittle and thick, it’s a sign you could have a fungal infection and should see your doctor about it as soon as possible.
Clean your salon tools before and after each use. If you go to a nail salon, you can also bring your own tools. You don’t want to risk getting an infection with something that hasn’t been cleaned properly. When using a new salon, inquire about how they clean their tools between clientele. Any good salon will be transparent about their hygiene and safety features.
Whatever you do when you go for a salon pedicure, don’t hop on the bandwagon of strange trends. One of the most unusual in recent years is the fish pedicure where you submerge your feet in a tub with fish that nibble at them. The fish can damage your nail beds, plus there’s no way to clean the fish so they can spread infections to everyone that uses it. On top of that, it’s just not humane.
Enjoy a professional pedicure when you’re pregnant. As long as the tools are properly sterilized, there is no harm to your or the baby with the chemicals in nail polish. The odors may be another thing but in a well-ventilated place, they shouldn’t bother you as much.
It’s not weird for a man to get a pedicure too. If you see a guy in the salon, kudos to him. Don’t make fun since plenty of men have the ‘man’ version of both manicures and pedicures. It mostly involves buffing the nails and feet to have a clean and fresh appearance.
Make sure you’re using the right nail polish remover to take off old paint. Acetone removers are the best for dark colors, gel, or shellac. However, acetone is very drying and harsh so you’ll have to pamper your nails after that. Non-acetone nail polish remover is also an option to reduce the harshness, however it takes a lot more work to get off old polish this way.
Elle Woods definitely got lucky in Legally Blonde when she found Paulette to give her a manicure when she was upset. But that’s the movies and this is reality! Before you go to a new nail salon, make sure to do your homework first. See that the employees are washing their hands between clients and cleaning their equipment. If the smell is overly strong, it’s a clue the ventilation isn’t very good. Check out cosmetology licenses which should be on display and have a current date on them too. And remember, any good salon is happy to show you around and let you see their standards of practice because they have nothing to hide.
Do keep in mind that these tips always apply whether you’re attempting your own pedicure or treating yourself to a professional one. The rules of nail care are simple and finite so follow them every time!
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