What came first, the mani or the pedi? Either way, knowing what’s what when it comes to nails can get confusing, so we’ve gone ahead and answered some of the most common questions to give you all the info before you go.
To delve a little deeper, a manicure usually involves filing and shaping the fingernails, along with the application of nail polish. Some treatments also include a hand massage and the use of moisturiser or essential oils to give you that full sense of relaxation. At Leopard Lounge in Hillington, you’ll also get the option of a cocktail or glass of fizz to make your manicure feel like a beauty party. Cheers!
A pedicure treatment is pretty much the same, except it involves your feet. Some treatments might also include removing dry and dead skin from your feet, such as Baltic Beauty Studio – perfect for nourishing and soothing feet tired from those long commutes!
Every nail salon and beautician works differently, but for both treatments, you should free up between an hour and an hour and a half, making it the perfect lunch time or after work retreat. Consider it time well invested in yourself.
Unless there’s a specific reason not to, you can get a gel or shellac manicure and pedicure as often as you like.
A gel manicure and pedicure will usually last between 14 and 21 days. However, there are ways to keep your beautiful new nails for as long as possible, including applying nail cream, a clear top coat and cuticle repair oils.
Some people may have weak or unhealthy nails that could prevent the repeated use of gel polish, but once you find the perfect pampering deal for you, you’ll be able to ask the technician for their expert advice.
There are ways you can prepare, but it’s not completely essential. One of the ways is by removing the current nail polish from your fingernails and toenails before you arrive. However, if you can’t, then your technician should be able to remove it for you.
It’s also sometimes advised to bring a pair of flip-flops or sandals with you. Not just so you can show off your fantastic feet afterwards, but because it’ll give the polish time to dry without smudging on your shoe. Many salons will provide a pair and you are usually advised beforehand.