What is A Pedicure
So you’ve heard about this
pedicure thing and aren’t sure what it really is. If you are anything like I
was you might think a pedicure is just getting your toenails painted! Well, that may or may
not be part of the pedicure package you choose but it is not a
pedicure in and of itself. In fact, unless you choose that option, it may not be a part of
your pedicure at all. A pedicure needs to be part of your overall foot care regimen. In fact,
it is probably the most important parts of your foot care program!
A typical pedicure,
depending on what shape your feet are in, consists of a number of things. The first thing you
can expect from your pedicure is to have your feet
soaked in a cleansing and softening solution. This is done for a couple of reasons. One, it
feels good and gives you that spa sensation. Two, it cleans your feet; you wouldn’t want to
work on dirty stinky feet and neither does your pedicurist. Three, it softens
your skin and nails in preparation for the rest of the pedicure process.
Normally following your foot
soak and cleanse a professional pedicurist will start your grooming with removing any existing
polish from your toenails. Your toenails will be trimmed if they need to be. They will be
filed to remove any sharp edges and shaped to an attractive curve. If the tops of the nails
need it they will be buffed to put a natural shine on them. Your cuticles will be clipped if
needed and oiled. Your nails will then be cleaned of any debris residing underneath it. This
will be the extent of your toenail maintenance unless you’ve opted for polish, wrap, or other
If it is your first time
you’ll probably have a lot of skin on the bottom of your feet that will need to be removed.
This is done using a pumice stone or a scrubbing lotion/solution. This is often referred to as
“buffing”. Depending on the amount of skin you have built up on the bottom of your feet will
determine how long this process takes. Oftentimes following your foot buff your pedicurist
will follow up with lotion and a massage of your foot, ankle and calf area. Don’t expect a
full on massage, just a short relaxing massage of your lower leg and foot area. This will get
your blood flow moving and re-energize you.
Your pedicure may also finalize with some oil for your nails or if you wear open
toed shoes a nail polish or nail art. The polish and nail art will be an additional charge and
may even include using jewels. Having attractive looking feet is essential for the summer time
or if you live in a warm climate. Remember, if you are planning on going to the beach you’ll
need to refresh the nails afterwards since the sand will act as sandpaper on your feet and
That is the pedicure process
in a nutshell. Each salon will vary in how their process is performed but this is basically
what you can expect from any professional pedicurist. It should be a pleasant
experience and make you want to come back for more. If it isn’t, find someone else
immediately! Now go out and get started on your foot care today and get a pedicure!