Tuesday, April 10, 2012

How to Perform a Professional Pedicure

Every now and then I blog about something fun and completely unrelated to books.  This is such a time.  Since I am a licensed cosmo and have done many (read: a LOT) of pedicures, I thought it might be a fun idea to post the official pedi steps.  This way, you can save some money and do a pro-quality job at home.  This article will tell you how to do a basic pedicure, the correct order of events, and the products I recommend.  Most everything listed below can be purchased at Sally's Beauty Supply, except for the foot file (best in class) which you will need to hunt down and order online -- but it's worth it. The links give you brand name/price information.  If you can't spring for everything all at once, a good start would be the Seche products and the Checi Pro foot file.

Assemble the following items:
Foot bath
Antibacterial soap
2 towels
Toenail clippers
Metal spoon shaped cuticle pusher
1 medium/fine grit nail file
Sanding block
Checi Pro Titanica foot file in "coarse"
Cotton gauze (if you cannot find gauze, cotton pads are fine)
100% acetone nail polish remover
Toe separators
Seche Clear base coat
OPI Nail polish
Seche Vite top coat
Nail dryer
Lotion (optional)

  1. Fill the foot bath with hot/warm water.  Squirt a very small amount of antibacterial soap into bath and turn on jets.  Soak feet.
  2. Remove one foot and rest on front of bath.  Dry with towel.  Remove any existing nail polish with acetone and cotton pad.  Clip toenails straight across.  File straight across, then soften sharp edges with file.  Clean under nails.  
  3. Use the spoon-shaped cuticle pusher to push back cuticles. 
  4. Use the sanding block to remove ridges and lightly roughen nail bed.  Do not use a buffer to shine.  Leave the nail bed roughened, which is going to help the polish stay much longer.
  5. Use foot file on heels, sides, and sole of foot.  Return to bath.
  6. Remove other foot.  Repeat steps 2-5.  Rinse, then dry with towel.  Massage lotion into foot/leg (optional).  Leave foot out, and do not return to bath.
  7. Bring first foot back out of bath.  Dry with towel.  Apply lotion (optional).
  8. Drain foot bath.  Insert toe separators.
  9. Thoroughly clean nail beds with cotton pads soaked in acetone to remove all dust, oil, and lotion from nails.  Repeat.  Do a third time if necessary.  You need the nail beds completely free of all oil before moving forward.
  10. Apply Seche Clear base coat 1x.
  11. Apply OPI color 2x.
  12. Apply Seche Vite top coat 1x.
  13. Spray with aerosol nail dryer.
While you can certainly achieve professional results at home, nothing can replace the relaxing and pampering environment of a spa.  If you have a chance to visit Spa Chateau in Branson, MO I highly recommend their Signature Dogwood pedicure.  It involves quite a bit more than what is listed above and is well worth the price.

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