Ultimate Guide to Pedicures and Manicures

Pedicures and manicures are the most popular services at nail salons. After all, who doesn’t want their hands and feet treated and rubbed down by talented and experienced aestheticians? Pedicures and manicures leave you feeling and looking your best and are fantastic for your skin.

Here are the essentials of manicures and pedicures:

Your Guide to Manicures

Manicures are an excellent way of pampering yourself. They are a quick, affordable, and a nice way of trying out cool looks without too much commitment. If you’re new to manicures you may have a few questions about the whole experience, whether it’s worth it. Let’s explore your questions.

What’s a manicure?

Standard manicures usually start with soaking and cleaning of your fingers or hand in water that’s infused with lotion or other moisturizers to soften nails and skin. The technicians trim and shape the nails, even out the nail’s surface by buffing it and push back your cuticles. Technicians can add polish if it’s part of what you want.

For deluxe service, aestheticians often exfoliate your hand and then soak in lotions or aromatic oils. Some estheticians may provide you with an extra layer of softness by dipping your hands in paraffin wax for about 10 minutes.

The different types of manicures include:

  • French manicures
  • Natural nails
  • Long-lasting manicures
  • Acrylic nail
  • Paraffin wax

How much does a manicure cost?

A basic manicure costs about $25. However, other types of manicure, for instance, shellac, no-chip, acrylic, and gel, cost from $25 to $70, depending on your nail salon. Some nail salons incorporate ‘wellness’ practices like deep breathing into their services.

How long do manicures last?

A standard manicure usually lasts between three days to a week – this depends on how you take care of it or how often you toil using your hands.  Conversely, gel or shellac manicure can last for about two weeks.

Your guide to Pedicures

Pedicures are a spa treatment to trim, clean, scrub, sometimes paint, and just pamper your toenails and feet.

During a standard pedicure, you usually sit in a big chair and place your feet in a tiny whirlpool-like tub where you soak and clean your feet in warm water which softens your nail beds and skin. Some aestheticians provide foot massage.

Aestheticians then snip and shape your nails and use a pumice stone to get rid of calluses and dry skin. They then buff your nails to even the surface and add polish, if that’s your preference.

During deluxe services, aestheticians typically exfoliate your feet using salt scrub or aromatic sugar, focusing on getting rid of dead skin. They then soak your feet in paraffin wax, lotion, or light oil to make your skin extra soft. The procedure also entails a brief foot massage.

There are different types of pedicures including:

  • Shellac pedicure
  • Spa pedicure
  • Chocolate pedicure
  • Gel pedicure


How much does a pedicure cost?

The prices of pedicures range from $25 to $135, depending on the type of pedicure you opt for.

Do Pedicures have Health Benefits?

Most people get pedicures for cosmetic reasons or to relax, but there are health benefits too:

  • Infection detection: Aestheticians can detect bunions or fungal infections earlier so that you manage them before they grow to be an issue.
  • Stress relief: The relaxation you get during a pedicure can give you a psychological boost.
  • Many pedicures use lotions, creams, and other extras that help cure dry skin. Most pedicures entail exfoliation to get rid of dead skin.

Is There Nail-Salon Etiquette that I Should Be Aware Of?

Nail salons are laid-back spots with few rules. But you should be aware of the following:

  • Do not clip your nails before visiting a nail salon. The aesthetician will trim them for you.
  • Avoid talking on the phone. Your conversation may be bothersome to other clients in the salon.
  • Be clear on the type of procedure you want ahead of time. Taking too much time to decide can impact the technician’s schedule.

Are There ‘Men’s Pedicures’?

As a guy, you can simply purchase the regular pedicures, but some nail salons purposely offer men’s pedicures.

How Much Should One Tip for a Pedicure or Manicure?

Usually, clients tip from 15% to 20% of the cost of the procedure. If your pedicure costs $25, you should expect to tip about $5.

Should I Be Concerned About Having Hairy Legs or Gross Feet?

It’s highly unlikely that your aesthetician will care about that, so you shouldn’t feel self-conscious. They’re just thrilled to have you as a client, besides they have seen it all.