There are many types of pedicures but a classic or regular pedicure generally takes place in a nail salon rather than a spa.
- A soak: The first step of a pedicure is a warm foot soak to help soften and relax the skin and toenails.
- Nails trimmed: Next step is nail trimming. It is not imperative though and is only done upon a client’s request. If asked for, your therapist will use nail clippers to cut length off your toenails.
- Nails shaped:Your nails will then be shaped using a nail file. Your therapist will file straight across to prevent ingrown nail growth.
- Cuticle work: Cuticles are the dry skin surrounding the nail plate, where your nail and finger meet. The therapist will use a cuticle remover cream to soften cuticles, which are then soaked in warm water.
- Exfoliation: Your therapist will use a deep exfoliation scrub to rid your feet of excess skin. The scrub will be applied generously up to your ankles, then removed with water. This step leaves your skin fresh and soft.
- Hydration bath:Your therapist will invite you to place your feet into the pedicure bowl to soak in warm water.
- Foot massage:After drying you off, your therapist will use a foot lotion to massage your feet and lower legs. This relaxing step leaves your skin hydrated
- Buff to shine:In the case of men’s pedicures or if you’re not having polish, buffing will be the final step of your treatment. Using a nail buffer, your therapist will polish the nail surface to create a consistent and shiny look.
- Nails painted: Painting is done in multiple steps to attain a glossy and long-lasting result. A clear base coat is applied to your nails to help the polish stick better to your nails. The next step is to apply two coats of nail polish. Finally, your therapist will paint on a top coat. This coat acts to seal the coloured polish, which prevents chipping. The top coat also gives your nails that desired glossy appearance.