A Beginner's Guide to the Nail Salon

Aug, 13 by Nidhi Jain in
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So you are planning to visit a nail salon for the first time! Doesn’t matter if you are 16 or 36, better to be late than never. A nail salon is a place of crucial importance today when it comes to grooming and self-care. Nails occupy only a little part of your body, but they have significant roles in protecting your fingers and toes. Nails are also prone to easy damage and illness. Therefore, it goes without saying that nail care should be taken seriously. A Periodic visit to the nail salon also becomes mandatory. Think of it like this; you brush your teeth every day to prevent germs and infection. Similarly, the nail technician at the nail salon will protect your nails.

Entering into the world of nail care can be intimidating at first. There are a hundred types of manicures, pedicures etc which will make you feel absolutely clueless. However, this is only an initial confusion. Soon you will be getting used to the terminology and be an expert in nail care yourself. In order to make this transition from the pre-nail salon life to nail salon life easier, we will get you through the basics of a nail salon in this article. This will make you acquainted with the common terminology like a pedicure, manicure, cuticle etc.

Let’s get started, shall we?

What are the procedures available in a nail salon?

As the name suggests, a nail salon is for nails. This means both the finger nails and toenails. Pedicures and manicures occupy the forefront in the services of a nail salon. However, nail care is not limited to the nail body alone. Your nail technician will exfoliate and moisturize your hands and feet to give the required nourishment. A nail salon is also sometimes called a nail spa, which gives the facility to relax completely during your nail procedures. Most nail salons also have a waxing service today, so that you can get all your monthly grooming needs in one place!

What is a manicure?

The mani in Latin refers to hands. And manicure can be said to be a cure for your hands. A manicure is a process that cleans, exfoliates, moisturizes and decorates your nails and the skin around it. Manicures have health significance as well; your nails will accumulate dirt over time increasing the risk of bacteria and fungus attacking your nail bed. Although your nails are dead, the skin around it and the nail bed are living and therefore requires protection and car. The household chemicals and detergents can damage these, so can the exposure to rough surface. This is why you need to take the health of your nails seriously.

During a manicure, your nail technician will first dip your nails in a basin to soak your nails. This is followed by trimming and shaping of the nails according to your preferences. Later your nails are moisturized and the cuticles i.e. the dead skin that closes the gap between the nail bed and the living skin, is massaged gently and pushed back with a cuticle oil. Once these processes are done, your nails are painted with nail polish. This is the interesting part, for there are hundreds of colors, textures, and designs for you try, making your nails a pleasant sight to behold!

What is a pedicure?

If a manicure is for legs, a pedicure is for the feet. A pedicure is also essential, in fact very important for the health of your feet. Toenails are exposed to ground, dust, and dirt much more frequently than the finger nails. And so, they are a cornucopia of germs. Cleaning them frequently is required to maintain it germ-free and healthy. Remember that healthy nails are also the most beautiful ones.

A pedicure is a much more complex procedure than a manicure. Besides the toenails, exfoliating the soles is an important part of a pedicure. Your feet will be put in a warm water foot bath to soften the skin first. A pumice stone is used to scrub off the corns and calluses which are formed to exposure to friction. After moisturisation, nail polish is applied according to your preferences.

What are the types of nail polish available?

For many decades, acrylic nail polish, also known as the regular nail polish, was the star in the limelight. It still maintains its popularity as it is cheap and easy to do. In these years gel nail polishes are becoming popular due to its resistance to chipping and long life. Unlike, the regular nail polish, gel manicures and pedicures won’t dry easily. These should be cured in UV rays or LED light.

If you are not a fan of painting your nails, you can also try nail extensions. These are fixed on top of your nails. The best advantage of using nail extensions is that you have an enormous range of designs to pick from!

Waxing Services in a Nail Spa

Most nail salons also provide waxing services today. This makes it easy for you do all the procedures in a single place conveniently. Hair removal has become an unavoidable necessity as unwanted hair in the skin is not a very good thing to see. While many women resort to shaving and epilators, these procedures can lead to cuts and bruises if not done properly. The chances of infections are also quite high in shaving. Waxing is the better option in all cases as it removes the hair from its root itself, therefore taking many weeks for the hair to grow back. It also saves you from unnecessary bruises, which have the potential for further health risks such as an infection.

Nail salons offer a wide variety of waxing procedures today. From the Brazilian wax to strip waxing, the nail salon will not disappoint you with respect to the choices available to you.

There are many advantages of visiting a nail salon over doing it yourself at home. Nail technicians are expert professionals, trained in understanding your nails and skin well. During the procedures, they will take utmost care in doing it in the safest and professional method. They can also read the signals of your nails and understand if there is any illness in your body. Your nails can show symptoms of many severe diseases, which can go unnoticed if you do not take adequate care. Since cleanliness is very important in a manicure and pedicure, you should always do it in a nail salon unless you are sure that you can meet the cleanliness standards by doing it yourself at home.

On an average, the recommended gap between your nail salon visit is three weeks. Unless you do a gel manicure, your regular manicure will last less long. Three weeks is also time by which your hair grows back. However, you choose the frequency of, you salon visits, be sure not to give up on the pedicure, manicure, and waxing during winter. Many women give up on nail salons during winter which is a bad idea, for winter affects your skin and nails badly than any other seasons. Lack of moisture coupled with extreme temperature can leave your nails and skin dehydrated, and also prone to frost bites.

Your nails are precious. Lack of care and attention can lead to many problems that can sometimes cause permanent damage. Prevention is always better than cure! Be sure to visit a nail salon once in few weeks so as to give your nails the tender loving care it deserves.