Are you ready for some extra pampering? Then you don’t just want any pedicure. You want an ultimate pedicure! Here’s what to look for to get what you deserve at your next pedicure:
Make Sure the Salon Covers the Basics
It doesn’t matter what kind of pedicure you go for, you want to make sure the facility is clean, the manicurist is licensed and everyone on staff knows what they’re doing. The salon needs to meet codes for sanitation and cleanliness and all tools should be properly sterilized or designed for single use. If you see something you are uncomfortable with, say something to the manager. And if they don’t address the issue, turn around and find another salon.
As to the pedicure itself, every one should include: shaping the nails, soaking your feet, cuticle care, exfoliation, massage, and polish. If your manicurist isn’t performing these basics to your liking, make sure to say something so you get your money’s worth. And if you’re interested in a bit of added luxury, ask about specialty pedicures the salon might have on its services menu.
If you’re stressed or tired, a quiet, relaxing pedicure might be what you need. It’s okay not to be in the mood to have a conversation. Your manicurist should take their cue from you and respond with soft music and a hushed voice or silence. Your feet will be soaked in very warm water for as long as is comfortable for you. During this treatment your nail tech should use soothing blends of essential oils that might include lavender, rose, orange, or eucalyptus. You can also ask about add-ons like a paraffin dip to your heels or a hot stone massage. These add-ons would be great relaxers for your tired feet.
Not everyone comes to a nail salon just to relax. If you feel a little haggard, you may want a more invigorating pedicure. During this kind of a treatment, ask for slightly cooler water and a blend of essential oils with an energizing effect, such as peppermint, grapefruit, sage, and tree oils. If you are interested, you can include a sugar or salt scrub for your calves and heels and even a fizzy foot soak. Follow it with a firmer massage of your legs. If you’re up for making this pedicure a social event, bring a friend or chat away with the manicurist. Or maybe you just want to catch up on the latest celebrity news with a magazine. Whatever pumps up the energy for you, do it!
If your feet are swollen or achy, or if you are recovering from an injury, you may be looking for a therapeutic pedicure and some extra TLC. Opt for extra warm water during your foot soak and hot towels as a foot wrap. For this pedicure, ylang ylang, orange, and rosemary can rejuvenate and calm your aching fee. Your manicurist will shave off foot callouses and once again wrap your feet in hot towels or use hot stones to calm down the skin. You may also get a warm pillow or heated neck wrap to help soothe your whole body during your treatment.
Pedicures can also just be fun! A pedicure party is a great way for you and your friends to feel pampered and prepared for a night on the town. Your nail tech can help keep the mood festive by using products with delicious scents like food-scented creams and scrubs. Enjoy some fun music and even beverages if the salon allows it. And tell your manicurist to go with bold colors and fun flip flops while your nails dry.
Ultimately, the ultimate pedicure comes down to what you want. If you’re already a pro at getting pedicures, maybe you could also give the perfect pedicure. Find out what a career as a manicurist or nail technician is all about. Schedule a school tour at Salon Success Academy today!