Do you know that people have been pedicuring their nails for more than 4,000 years now? Southern Babylonians used solid gold tools for pedicures during those times! Nail polish originated in China during 3000 BC, simply because nail color is an indication of one’s social status, nail colors of royal fingernails were black and red.
Egyptians used red to show the highest social class. Cleopatra’s nails were polished to a deep red, while Queen Nefertiti was of a ruby shade. In earliest Rome and Egypt, commanders of the military forces polished their nails the same shade as their lips before going to battle. Today, you see men and women are still particular when it comes to their feet and toenails.
Clean toenails are still a clear indication of hygiene, class, and personality. Getting a pedicure nowadays though is a lot easier and affordable compared during the ancient times. Day Spas and local nail salons offer pedicure and nail care services for men and women everywhere.
No need to dig for gold to have that nice pedicure you so love!
Pedicure: It’s All About Hair and Beauty!
Pedicure is a fashion that improves the overall look of the feet and nails. It’s a similar service to a manicure. This superficial cosmetic treatment of the feet and toenails help prevent nail diseases and nail disorders.
Why get a pedicure? Reasons may vary depending on a person. Basically, the purpose is for:
This nail care technique is very famous for both men and women.
Pedicures not only deals with nails, dead skin cells of your feet are scraped with a pumice stone. On top of that, the legs below the knee were given massages and scrubs as an added service in day spas. Pedicure plus Leg care services usually includes:
✓ Shaving or waxing
✓ Granular exfoliation
✓ Application of moisturizing creams
✓ Brief leg massages
Day spas offer many kinds of pedicures, even your favorite local nail salon with expert estheticians to pamper your feet.
A few of the pedicure services you can get in Nail salons and Days spas:
➢ Paraffin Pedicure
This is everything in the standard pedicure procedure, with an addition of a paraffin wax dip where warm wax is massaged into toes, feet and lower legs for skin hydration.
Paraffin wax is oil-based used to alleviating pain.
➢ French Pedicure
This is an add-on service where a white nail polish is applied only at the ends of the toenails. The rest of the nail is polished with a sheer/clear polish.
➢ Gel Pedicures
Another add-on service to a standard pedicure procedure this is when a coat of clear or colored gel is applied to extend pedicure life preventing the polish from chipping.
Standard Pedicure Procedure for Men and Women
The standard pedicure procedure varies depending on the local day spa or nail salon.
A healthy system should be done step by step as follows:
- Warm footbath
- Removal of dead skin from the feet
- Removal of Cuticles after the bath with a Q-tip or orangewood stick
- Toenails are finally trimmed
- Moisturizing lotion is massaged into the feet
- Application of toenail polish