When you get a manicure or pedicure

When you get a manicure or pedicure

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A technician is the person who gives manicures and pedicures in nail spas and salons.

During a manicure and pedicure, the technician will:

  • Cut and shape your nails. (Do not have the technician cut your cuticles.)
  • Remove any dead skin around them.  
  • Give your feet and hands a mini-massage by rubbing them and putting on a special lotion called a moisturizer.  
  • Soak your feet in water during a pedicure to soften the skin. After your feet soak, the technician will rub the bottom of them with a flat stick that has a surface that feels like sandpaper. This makes the hard parts (calluses) softer. 
  • Let you pick out nail polish color. The technician might apply a clear base coat, and then two coats of the color. You'll probably have to sit for a little while afterward to be sure the polish dries so it doesn't get smudged.

Nail polish won't hurt your nails. Sometimes it even protects your nails and helps keep them moist.

If you use nail polish:

  • Don't use polish with nail hardeners because they actually make the nails too hard, and they can break. 
  • Put on a base coat of clear nail polish when wearing dark nail polish. Dark nail polish can stain your nails if you wear it a lot. It doesn't hurt your nails, though, and it will fade. 
  • Don't use nail polish remover more than twice a month. Nail polish remover is really hard on the nails. It dries nails out. When you use it, be sure to moisturize your nails afterward. Rub moisturizer into your nails, especially at the edges where your nail meets your skin.

By the way, you can give yourself a manicure and pedicure at home, too. But be very careful when cutting your nails so you don't cut your skin! It might be easier to have one of your parents do this for you.

Next: How to stay safe at a nail salon.