Types of Manicures & Pedicures

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Types of Manicures & Pedicures


Medical Grade Pedicures are essentially in the removal of hard skin. Pedicures sustain healthy nails for a longer period of time. It is important to maintain high hygiene when you deal with the foot nails to prevent fungal infections.
Essential Pedicure- This process requires the soaking of your feet in water for some time. During this time your feet are made to relax, a specialist may assist to massage the feet. This clears off excessive skin from the feet and legs.
Reflexology Pedicure- Soak the feet in warm water, a complimentary massage is in order to relax the feet; the method is an ancient Chinese custom that emphasizes that the body is much connected to the bottom of the feet, hands and earlobes. There is a reflexology session done after the essential pedicure is done of the nails and feet. The process ensures a relaxing and revitalized sensation at all time
Pamper Me Massage, Pedicure- This is a spa pedicure plus foot and leg massage followed by a paraffin dip to lock the moisture giving a soft skin for a couple of 60 minute period.
Diabetic Pedicure- This type of pedicure is designed to meet the needs of diabetic patients. The disease tends to have many infections on a patient, which proves difficult in terms of treatment admission. However, through diabetic pedicure fewer instruments are used to prevent the damage of the skin.
The pedicure process prompts the skin to have a soft touch due to usage of a hydrating lotion and a foot mask. Most times a diabetic patient experience’s the tendency of dry skin; the process helps to maintain the skin health. One suffering from diabetic might not want to miss.
Chemotherapy Pedicure- This process helps to reduce the risk of high infections and also maintains a good foot health. The application of tea tree oil is essential in preventing fungal infections. Doctors always do advise patients to have short nails to avoid the contamination of germs.
The chemo requires soaking your feet in warm water that contains some tea tree oil to soften and hydrate skin, the nails are cut short, removal of dead skin is also done, the final stage is massaging the feet to increase circulation of blood around the body locking nutrients and the moisture. It’s highly advisable to have a pedicure after chemotherapy.
Arthritis Pedicure- Requires essential pedicure carried out, followed by a massage, putting the joints in full motion to decrease stiffness. The feet are dipped in paraffin to stimulate circulation and mobility.
Starts by soaking the foot and hands in warm water softening the cuticles followed by trimming and filing nails. This mainly is the essential process for starters into deeper manicure.
Ultimate Manicure- This is a spa, plus paraffin dipping process followed by hydrating a hand mask restoring nutrients in the skin.
Spa manicure- The first initialization is an essential manicure followed by a sugar-crystal scrub that facilitates the softening of the hands. Apply some lotion to soften the feet.
Rejuvenation Manicure- This is mostly applicable to individuals who prefer the use of artificial nail removal. The process is meant to restore the vitality of nails to good health. Most artificial nails are brittle, thin and have ridges the rejuvenation helps to restore the lost nutrients of nails and feet.
Arthritis Manicure-This is an essential manicure in addition to an extended massage, putting joints through a full range of motion, decreasing stiffness followed by a deep- heating paraffin that increases the circulation of blood in the body.
The artificial nails are removed with uttermost care to avoid the damage of nails. The client is afterward educated on the different methods to rehydrate nails and cuticles. Always treat your nails and feet to a manicure therapy session to maintain the health status of your nails at all times. To avoid fungal infections that will cost more in terms of the damage done on the nails and feet.

MOBILE Manicurist AND Pedicurist…how they are changing the industry

MOBILE Manicurist AND Pedicurist…how they are changing the industry

by Kyriaki Maria Grigoriou




Wouldn’t it be great to be able to pamper yourself with a nice mani-pedi at the comfort of your own… workspace? Well, some lucky girls -and guys- have been enjoying onsite manicures at work for a while now! How, you may ask? Well, lately quite a few mobile manicure and pedicure companies have popped up, that are eager to offer their services at a fraction of the cost of a regular manicure that you might be used to getting at a good old salon.


These professionals are dispatched to corporate offices and stores by mobile manicure companies, and their services are often paid for by their clients’ employers themselves, as an added bonus! Instead of spending an hour (or more) to visit a licensed salon, this arrangement allows their employees to look their best, while spending their time way more efficiently. Furthermore, these mobile services can offer manis and pedis during working hours, which is something traditional salons can’t do.


For example, take Manicube; a very successful Boston-based startup, which was founded by two Harvard Business School graduates, Elizabeth Whitman and Katina Mountanos, in an effort to create a salon-type business without real estate costs and other overhead expenses, which would help working women save time and money. Their licensed manicurists visit their clients’ companies once per week or on a monthly basis, and they offer 15$ manicures in vacant conference rooms or in corporate gym spaces!


Another good example is Pamper, an on-demand mani-pedi company which operates in the San Francisco Bay area. They work with 10 manicurists, whom they refer to as ‘artists’, and they connect them with their clients, handling 10 to 15 appointments per day! They view this whole mobile trend as a way for manicurists to ensure that they get paid fairly, as nail salons often take advantage of them in order to lower their prices -not to mention the awful working conditions they are often forced to endure! Joining Pamper allows manicurists to enjoy the benefits of working for a company -such as being able to buy the tools of their trade in bulk- while still maintaining a good amount of their professional freedom.


Furthermore, this new business model doesn’t really require a lot of cash upfront, according to the founders; it only needs a small clientele to get going! Sounds pretty impressive, doesn’t it? A win-win situation for everyone involved!


Well, not quite; these companies have faced lots of scrutiny from the board that is responsible for licensing salons and cosmetologists, which claims that their way of operating is breaking every regulation they have set in place, and is therefore illegal! Nail salons are required to pass various inspections in order to ensure that they are maintaining proper hygienic standards, and that they are complying with their state’s regulations. However, mobile manicure and pedicure companies claim that these sets of rules are archaic, and report that they are often dealt with in new, innovative ways that still maintain very high standards.


For example, the rules state that every nail salon should sterilize their equipment frequently, however mobile manicurists, who couldn’t possibly sterilize their equipment after each and every use, have dealt with this issue by resorting to disposable implements, instead! Why should anyone have a problem with that?


Well, the truth is that most issues raised by the board are not so easily rectified. For example, mobile professionals can’t carry first aid kits and eye washing stations with them, nor can their own hygiene, work environment and compensation be guaranteed. Besides, wouldn’t it be unfair to the established nail salons, which are required to spend vast amounts of money in order to get their licences, to allow their mobile competitors to operate under a completely different, more lax set of regulations? Why should the board’s strict regulations apply only to traditional nail salons, when their clients could easily opt for office manicures, instead, since they are also much cheaper?


The regulators sure have their work cut out for them! In our opinion, this situation, which reminds of of the mobile taxi services controversy, calls for an entirely new set of rules, an innovative list of regulations that will protect the workers and also ensure the public’s health and protection, while allowing them to choose from a wide variety of safe, high quality services, so that even the most archaic business models will be able to adapt to the times.