Pedicure Basics

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pedicure basics

Never had a pedicure before? Still new to the pedicure experience? Unsure about how to care for your feet on your own? Well if you fit any of these descriptions, or would like answers to these questions, or you would just like to know the basics of getting a pedicure, then you have come to the right place.

If you are like me, I don’t like having my feet touched and I am somewhat ticklish, you may want to learn about pedicures and how to care for your feet so that you do not have to go in to get it done by someone else. Otherwise, you may like having someone else pamper, clean, and beautify your feet. Pedicures can be extremely pampering and relaxing and they are also great for removing dead skin and calluses. Pedicures are also good for preventing certain nail diseases and disorders like ingrown toenails and oychorrhexis.

The following steps give you an idea of what is involved in a standard pedicure:

  • A standard pedicure starts out with a warm footbath.
  • Next the dead skin on the bottom of your feet is sloughed off.
  • Using a Q-tip or an orangewood stick the cuticles that have been softened by the warm water are then pushed back from the toenail.
  • Toenails are trimmed and filed.
  • The feet are massaged with moisturizing lotion.
  • And lastly a polish is applied to the toenails.


Another type of pedicure is the paraffin pedicure. The paraffin pedicure includes everything that was listed above in the standard pedicure, but it also includes a paraffin wax dip in which the warm wax is massaged into your toes, feet and lower legs to hydrate the skin. You can also add a French tip to your toenails and this is an add-on to the standard pedicure. The French pedicure applies white polish to the ends of the toenails while the rest is a sheer polish.

A gel pedicure is another type of pedicure. The same steps apply from the standard pedicure, but then a coat of clear or colored gel is applied to your nails to keep the polish from chipping and to make the pedicure last longer.

Giving a pedicure to yourself is certainly not as pampering but it can be cheaper. Here is a list of some of the things you will need if you plan on giving yourself pedicures from time to time:

  • A container or footbath to fill with warm water
  • Something to remove dead skin and calluses from feet like a pumice stone
  • Q-tips
  • Nail clippers
  • Emery board
  • Lotion
  • Toe separators
  • Nail polish

Salon pedicures, like the ones at beautylicious salon run from about $30 to $35. Now that you know the basics of pedicures you can decide whether or not you would like to care for your feet at home or go to the salon to have someone else pamper your feet.

This is a guest post.  Madison Hewerdine writes for several blogs nationwide. To read more about beautylicious click here.

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