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The Ultimate Guide to Manicures

6 Sep 2018

Manicures are one of the easiest ways to pamper yourself. They're affordable, quick, and a great way to try out trendy looks without the commitment. But if you've never gotten one before, you might have a few questions about what to expect and whether it's really worth it anyway. Let us answer your questions with our manicure guide.

What is a manicure?

A manicure is the buffing and shaping of the fingernails and typically includes a fresh coat of nail
polish. Aestheticians will push back and trim the cuticles while buffing down any ridges leaving
nails looking glossy and sleek even before the color is added. But that doesn't mean all manicures
are created equal. A shellac manicure will last much longer than a standard one and a paraffin
wax manicure will leave you with softer, healthier skin.

How much is a manicure?

On average, a basic manicure will cost you about £10. However, special types of manicures like acrylic, gel, shellac, and no-chip range from about £15 to £45 in price, depending on the nail salon. Thankfully you can cut that price in half with the help of manicure deal from Groupon.

How long does a manicure last?

A standard manicure will last anywhere from three days to a full week, depending on how well you take care of it and how often you work with your hands. A shellac or gel manicure, on the other hand, can last up to two weeks.

What is nail art?

Beyond a slick paint job, nail art elevates nails to another level. Techs specialised in this type of manicure can do everything from painting delicate flowers to cute animals and more. Just makes sure you call ahead to see if your favourite salon specialises in the art (not all of them do). For inspiration, head to the nail art hashtag on Instagram or check out some of our favourite styles below.

Should I worry about having gross feet or hairy legs?

Nope! It's unlikely your stylist cares even a smidge, so there's no need to feel self-conscious. They've seen it all and they're just happy to have your business.