The mani and pedi parade is in town and we have the lowdown from our spa expert - Angie - to give you all the insight you’re ever going to need on hand (and foot) treatment. Whether you are a newbie to the scene or a studied hand, it’ll be worth your while picking up on all the tips and tricks from the professionals to make sure you get the most out of your spa session.
So, here’s the good news. A manicure, or pedicure, is not just about having beautiful and well-groomed hands and feet (although that is no doubt the big draw). There are also health benefits that come with treating your digits to a mani/pedi session.
According to Angie - manager of Brahman Hills Spa and fountain of knowledge on all things spa related - manicures increase blood circulation, improve joint movement, keep your cuticles clean, soft and dry and leave your hands not only feeling better but also looking beautiful.
Let’s not forget your tootsies. Those too see health benefits with a good old pedicure pamper. We are talking increased blood circulation bringing nutrients to the skin, assisting with some nail concerns, preventing nail damage from getting worse, minimising hang nails and dry cuticles, removing dead skin skin cells and improving the appearance of heels and nails and eliminating unwanted - ahem - foot “fragrance”.
No problem. We’ve got your back. There are different manicure and pedicure treatments and they can get a little confusing if you don’t know your Gelish from your varnish. You are not alone. Angie is going to break it all down for you so you can make an informed decision next time you book your hand or foot treatment:
With all spa sessions, there are a couple of pre-treatment tips that’ll make your experience go smoothly and even more enjoyable. Angie has the following top tips for you: “A good home care maintenance is necessary”. This means using your cuticle oil pen and a good hand cream, avoiding harsh chemicals and checking that your nails, hands or feet aren’t harbouring any medical issues that’d make treatment a no-go. This includes scabies, broken skin, fungal infection, infectious skin diseases or broken bones!
Try to arrive 15 minutes prior to your treatment - this gives you, and your consultant, time to run through any paper work and settle you in. Another good tip before you go to the spa is to have some idea of the colour you’d like to go for. It’ll help you make a quicker decision when presented with all those dazzling colours, leaving more time for the actual pampering.
We are with you on this one! After a manicure or pedicure, your digits are looking divine and you want to make this heavenly effect last as long as possible. Well, you can get the most out of your treatment with good home care - maintain your nails’ health with a cuticle oil pen and regular application of hand/foot cream.
After a pedicure, avoid walking bare foot, especially in public areas, as there are a lot of infections you can pick up. Keep your toenails filed short and cut straight across to avoid ingrown nails and wear comfortable shoes. And, of course, nutrition is a biggie: eat well and drink at least 8 glasses of water per day.
Now that you know everything there is to know about manicures and pedicures, its time to book yourself a treatment and start flashing those beautiful hands and feet at the world!