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Oct 25, 2010

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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What Is Pedicure


What Is Pedicure ?

     With its origin from Latin words Pedis; foot and Cura, cure. Therefore, pedicure means the care given to our feet, legs and toe nails. Largely it is a way to improve the look of our feet and their nails. 
 
The purpose of pedicure is diverse. For us to avoid hard and scale-like skins, pedicure is fundamental. When we pedicure, our skins remain soft and smooth. Related to this, we pedicure to keep our nails clean, well-shaped and shiny. 
 
Many a people do not care keeping their feet clean, fair and in good condition. Giving your feet a pedicure achieves this. Above all, blood circulation in the body is vital to good health. Pedicure improves this, by nourishing the leg skin and foot muscles.

For us to achieve the goals of pedicure, we should have a number of items. 
Among these Hydrogen Peroxide, nail cutters, nail flier, bleach Pumice stone, cuticle scissors, nail paint buffer, sponge, lukewarm water, small tub for foot bath pedicure shampoo, antiseptic lotion, oil, cream and foot powder and many others that maybe necessary. With all this, one needs to understand procedures for a good pedicure to be achieved.

How to Do a Pedicure


Some of the steps involved are: Removing polish from nails should be done with a lint-free cotton pad. Saturate the cotton on the nail and let it soak first. 
Note that rubbing Whitening toothpaste on one’s nails helps remove the polish faster. Lemon or lavender oil drops on each nail and rubbing a buffer back and forth over the nail also works. 2. Alcohol and acetone-free removers are less drying, but don’t apply on shades that appear dark. ‘Free’ stuff is used on lighter shades. Following the removal of polish from nails is clipping nails. Use quality clippers to cut straight across just above the skin the nail should not extend the tip of your toe. Files maybe used to achieve this.

Soaking one’s feet is the third step. Warm bath salted water and aromatherapy oils are used when soaking feet. Soak your feet for at least 10 minutes. Stay longer if your feet are cracked and callus. 
 
Add some milk to your bath along with essential oils and salts to loosen dead skin. Trim cuticles. Application of cuticle remover nail bases for a minute and using an orangewood stick, pushing with a circular motion removes dead skin on top of the nail allows you not to touch toe flesh. 
 
 Scrubbing your feet: Apply foot scrub to a foot file or wet pumice stone to remove dead skin on balls and heels of your feet. To remove dead skin around balls, bottoms and sides of your heels and the toes. 
Sit on the side of the bath tub to achieve a coverage position. Stop if your feet turn bright red for this means your feet have scrubbed too hard. Dry feet thoroughly between toes and rub in a thick foot cream. 
Rehydrate the cuticles in a dab of cuticle oil.

  • After the above step, polish your toes. Use acetone remover to remove excess oils on the nails. 
  • Apply a thin base coat using 3 strokes, one down, the middle, and one on each side. Don’t paint the cuticle. 
  • Wait for a minute. Add 2 favorable coats of polish. Finish with a thin top coat. 
  • Clean any errors with an orangewood stick wrapped in cotton and dipped in acetone remover. Let the nails to dry for 40 minutes. 
  • To prevent chipping, paint any polish remaining on the brush over the front edges of the nails. 
  • Finally finish up, after the nails have died. Sprits with a moisturizing oil to set your polish and moisturize your cuticles. 
  • This will give you a good pedicure.

Take Care

Apply antiseptics if skin is broken, avoid excessive friction when buffing nails, avoid dropping sharp objects, keep hands dry when handling containers, label & cover implements used, do not file nails deeply, bluntened sharp edged implement and always sanitize hands before starting pedicuring.
 
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