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What Is Manicure


What Is Manicure ?

      The appearance of our hands, nails and arms gives either a good or a bad impression depending on how we take care of them. The word manicure is derived from the Latin word manus meaning hand. Cure simply means care. 
 
Therefore, a manicure is a cosmetic beauty treatment for the fingernails and hands. 
Manicure treatment can be for hands and or nails but a common manicure found is the filling, shaping of the nails and the application of polish. 
Some manicures may also include painting of pictures on nails. 
Sanitation should be highly considered in this process because there is a possibility of spreading infection when the tools are shared among many people hence the manicure tools should always be sterilized.

There are different kinds of treatment that you can give you hands, such as paraffin treatment. 
 
  • The same is achieved when hands are dipped in melted paraffin or wax. Its purpose is to impart heat to the hand to relax its skin making it better to absorb lotion. 
  • The hand is dipped more than once to allow thicker wax coat to form. 
  • This makes the coating to say warm for long and to prevent premature tear. After this, you wrap your hands in a plastic or tin foil covered with cloth to retain warmth. 
  • Leave the hands for a few minutes then cool the paraffin and dry it. The paraffin wax can be infused with various botanical ingredients like aloe vera, chamomile, the tree oil and azulene. Fruit waxes such as those from peach, apple and strawberry is also often used.

Hot oil manicure is another type that cleans the cuticles softening them with oil. It’s advisable to use on a dry skin and nails that are brittle since it improves both by leaving them soft and pliable. An example of oils that can be used in hot oil manicure is olive oil.

The Standard Manicure Process

To carry out the manicure process well, there are some requirements that are supposed to be ready and sanitized. These include cuticle scissor, nail cutter, hydrogen peroxide, bleach, sponge, lukewarm water, nail flier, manicure shampoo, scrub/cold cream, nail paint remover and nail buffer. Once the materials are ready you can now start by considering how each of the materials is used.

Steps to Consider


Put some lukewarm water into a small tub or bucket. Add one pouch of manicure shampoo and hydrogen peroxide in the water.
 Then dissolve the mixture gently. Reduce any pain from nails using nail paint remover.
 You will then dip the hands in the water for about 30minutes. After half an hour, add a small amount of cold cream on nails and then again return your hands in the water for fifteen minuets.

You can clean your nails with the help of the cuticle scissor and a flat instrument in manicure kits after the fifteen minutes are over. Using the emery board, file your nails.
 You should file from the edges towards the center of nails. Make your nails grow with the help of a buffer. Mix bleach cream and activator to make a bleach and then apply it on the nails. Keep it till it dries.
 Clean the bleach with the help of a sponge after it has dried. To make your arms clearer, massage gently with the help of any cold cream.

The main purpose of manicure is to keep the hands, arms and nails in a good condition. It prevents long nail formation.
 It also helps in the prevention f skin wrinkles on hands as a sign of ageing and also prevents nail damage like fragile tips and splits. 
The accompanying massage of nails during the manicure process improves and increases the blood circulation, suppleness and flexibility of the hands and wrists.

Apart from this standard manicure procedure, there are different variations such as French manicure, Mexican manicure, etc. but the main difference is in the application and tools and not the concept of manicure, the art of perfect looking, relaxed and healthy nails.
 
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