Getting a manicure or pedicure at a salon is a wonderful way to pamper yourself. Unfortunately, it can be pricey to get this service professionally done, and a hectic schedule may deter you from scheduling an appointment. You can recreate a salon worthy manicure or pedicure at home by using the same implements as the salon’s employees. It is essential that you learn what the necessary tools are and how they are used to make your nails look their best.
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Under nail cleaner
When you get a pedicure or manicure, the technician has you soak your hands or feet in warm water for approximately 10 minutes. This process softens the skin and helps to remove dirt that is trapped under your nails. If you still have gunk under the nails after soaking, an under nail cleaner is used to remove it. This implement looks like a tiny spoon. The tool is placed underneath the nail with the spoon side facing up. It is gently swept upwards to clean under the nails.
Soaking the hands or feet also helps to soften up the cuticles. Cuticle oil is used to make the cuticles even more pliable so that a cuticle pusher can be used to push the cuticles back into the nail as far as possible. The cuticles should never be forced. It is better to make several gentle pushes rather than one large push when attempting to maneuver the cuticles into the proper position. The rounded edge of the cuticle pusher is the side used to adjust the cuticles.
A cuticle nipper resembles a pair of clippers with a blade on the end. After the cuticles are pushed back, a cuticle nipper is used to trim any excess cuticle. To trim excess cuticle, place the blade on one side of the nail, squeeze the two sides of the tool together, and softly run it across the cuticle. This implement is also helpful for removing any hangnails that you have.
After your cuticles have been taken care of, a set of nail clippers is employed to trim the nails. This step may not be necessary for your pedicure or manicure. Some women prefer to keep their nails long, making it unnecessary to use the nail clippers. However, if your nails are significantly different lengths, you need to clip them so that they are a uniform length.
Once your nails have been trimmed so that they are approximately the same length, a nail file is utilized to get them as close in length as possible. Even if the nails appear to be a uniform length, they must still be filed. Filing the nails plays an essential step of a manicure or pedicure since it smooths and shapes the nail. Without filing, nails can have an unattractive shape and appear very ragged.
The pumice stone is an essential tool for a pedicure. It can also be used in a manicure, but you may not need to do so if your hands are smooth and free of calluses. A pumice stone is rubbed all over your foot or hand to remove dead skin cells. Removing this dead skin makes your skin feel much smoother and softer. If you have staining on your feet or hands, the pumice stone removes these stains when it removes your dead skin. Make sure your skin is slightly damp when using the pumice stone.
Callus and corn shaver
If you have tough corns or calluses on your hands and feet, a pumice stone may not be strong enough to sufficiently remove them. A callus and corn shaver literally shaves layers of dead skin off the affected area. Hold the callus and corn shaver against the callus or corn and shave it in a downward motion. Make sure that you stop shaving when you reach healthy skin, as you only want to remove the dead skin cells. After using this tool, your nails are ready for a coat of paint. You do not have to visit a salon to have well groomed nails.
If you know what nail implements are used in a professional manicure or pedicure, you can use these same implements at home to do your own nails. It might take a bit of practice to use all of these nail tools correctly. However, with a little bit of patience, you can learn how to replicate salon results in the comfort of your own home.