Manicure & Pedicure Ideas

Spice up your manicure routine in any of several ways.
Spice up your manicure routine in any of several ways. (Image: Jupiterimages/ Images)

Fun ideas for manicures and pedicures are many. From different colors of polish to designs on each nail, the options for the way your nails can look are endless. Matched with the actual treatment of the manicure and pedicure, the experience can be a rewarding one.

Relaxing Application

Besides the fun colors and design options of a manicure and pedicure, the treatment and application of the two services is half the fun. These services typically include soaking in a warm bath, exfoliation and removal of dead skin and calluses, cuticle treatment, light massage and polish application. These additions enhance the manicure and pedicure experience.

Specialty Manicure and Pedicure

Manicures and pedicures are popular not only because of how great your nails look afterward, but also because of the relaxing qualities of the spa or salon and the pampered treatment it gives its clients. Specialty manicures and pedicures are another upgrade of the traditional nail service. Options such as a warm stone pedicure or a paraffin treatment can greatly enhance the overall experience of the nail service. A warm stone pedicure loosens muscles and intensifies the foot massage. Paraffin is an effective treatment for rough, dry skin and uses the healing and nourishing effects of warm wax to trap moisture in the skin and therapeutically repair cracks in the skin.

Artificial Nails

For people who wish to have more than the look of their natural nails, special nail applications add thickness and length to the nail to strengthen the nails and help the manicure last longer. Acrylic, gel and shellac nail set applications are artificial nail sets that can achieve this effect. Acrylic nails, the most commonly used artificial nails, are glued on. The downside of acrylic nails is that the intensity of the glue can damage your real nail.

To avoid nail damage, a person can receive a gel nail set, in which a wet gel-like substance is spread over the nails and it hardens to reinforce the natural nail. Another option is a shellac application, which goes on like polish but has the strength and shine of gel nails. This is an option for those people with already weak or thin nails.

Nail Art and Embellishments

The options for nail art and embellishments are endless. If simple polish colors are not flashy enough for you, consider adding nail art or embellishments to your manicure or pedicure. Salons can add art to your nails by applying multiple colors or designs onto the nail. Other embellishments can be added to your fingernails or toenails to make them stand out. Glitter, rhinestones, gems and even tiny pearls can be glued onto your nails to add flair.

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