Looking to dip your toes into the swimming pool that is the pedicure realm, but not really sure what’s what? Maybe your significant other has hobbit feet, insists on wearing sandals everywhere, and thinks that pedicures are limited to hen’s night parties and people with too much time on their hands? Or are you just curious about what it actually is? Time to get smart with BloomMe and our guide to all things pedicure.
What exactly is a pedicure?
A pedicure is a treatment of the feet and toenails conducted by a technician in a salon. You’ll most likely be sitting in a big comfy chair for the duration of the treatment, and it can last from 30 to 60 (or even 90) minutes depending on the treatment you get. Both men and women can get pedicures, and even children can come in to some salons for a royal treatment. You can choose whether or not to get polish on your toe nails, for those conscious of getting a cruelty-free polish check out our list of available spas across Hong Kong here. Some salons will even serve you a nice beverage while you get pampered.
People have been getting pedicures for over 4,000 years. Early Babylonian royalty used to get pedicures regularly using solid gold equipment, and in Ancient China the nail colour was used to signify one’s social status with royalty rocking red and black nails.
Ancient Egyptians also shared an obsession with pedicures, with the colour red employed to show the highest social class. It is said that Cleopatra’s nails were painted a deep red whilst Queen Nefertiti had a flashier shade of ruby. Military commanders in Ancient Egypt and Rome used to paint their nails and lips to match before going into battle. Pedicures and foot care have existed in society for a long, long time, and for good reason: because they make you feel good.
Shanghai Pedicures are an entirely different kettle of fish, which usually excludes the polish side of pedicures and uses a number of blades to remove dead skin from your feed. They’re equal parts gross and satisfying.
What will happen during the treatment?
Salon methods vary, but here is a basic guide to what will be happening during your pedicure.
-You’ll start with putting your feet into a nice foot soak, most likely along with some bubbles and fragrances. This is to help soften the skin and nails to prep for the treatment.
-The technician will get to work giving your feet a good scrub. This part can be super ticklish for some, so let the technician know if you are super sensitive to avoid accidentally kicking someone in the face.
-Next, the technician will begin to “shave” or exfoliate any dead skin they find on your feet. This part is sometimes a little nerve racking, it can be weird to see someone going to town on your dead skin but just remember that it will not hurt in any way (and if it does, say something!). This part is important to liven up the skin and give you that baby feet feel.
-A moisturiser is then applied to the feet, and sometimes your calves, to hydrate and nurture the skin.
-After moisturising, you’ll enjoy a careful trimming of the nails and a gentle push back of the cuticles. Pushing back the cuticles helps your nails to grown better and give them that clean, fresh look.
-After a quick rinse, the technician will get to work painting your nails using either regular or gel polishes. After a quick dry of the polish using a fan or a UV lamp, you’ll be treated to a quick moisturise and you’re on your way!
What do I need to prepare for the treatment?
The most important thing to bring for your treatment is some flip-flops or sandals that you can wear after the treatment that won’t destroy your brand new polish. Apart from that, nothing much apart from booking in using your BloomMe app and bringing your two feet that are being treated.
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Looking to dip your toes into the swimming pool that is the pedicure realm, but not really sure what’s what? Maybe your significant other has hobbit feet, insists on wearing sandals everywhere, and thinks that pedicures are limited to hen’s night parties and people with too much time on their hands? Or are you just…