What is Included in a Manicure & Pedicure?

Student practicing giving a manicure.

Interested in becoming a nail specialist or nail technician? Want to learn more about the reasons clients get a manicure or pedicure? There are many natural and mental benefits for clients from manicures and pedicures. These benefits make getting manicures and pedicures relaxing, while keeping an eye on health. In our Cosmetology program you’ll learn the skills you need to work  as a nail technician, and learn the benefits of working in the beauty industry.

What is a Manicure and Pedicure?

A manicure refers to the curation and care of a client’s hands and a pedicure refers to the curation and care of a client’s feet. This includes skincare, nail care, and artificial nail enhancements that can be customized to a variety of preferences. Let’s take a deeper look at the two main reasons for getting a manicure or a pedicure.

Reason #1: Aesthetics

The central reason for booking a manicures and pedicures appointment with a professional manicurist is to change, enhance, or maintain the look of your nails. There are many different options when it comes to personalizing the aesthetic of your fingernails and/or toenails. Here are some of the aesthetic aspects of your manicure or pedicure you can customize to your exact specifications.

Color – The color(s) of nail polish you choose to polish your nails plays a huge part in how your manicure or pedicure ends up looking. The shades and colors of nail polish available are virtually infinite, so you can feel free to pick how bright, dark, shiny, or shimmery you want your nail color choices to be.

Length – This aesthetic aspect of the manicure or pedicure varies quite a bit for both natural and artificial nails. How long you choose to wear your nails depends on several things, such as the size of your hands/feet, the length of your fingers/toes, and the health and size of your natural nail beds. The most important factor in nail length, however, is your own personal preference.

Shape – Unique or varied nail shape is primarily a characteristic of manicures more so than pedicures. There are several different choices when it comes to how you choose to shape your nails. Rounded tips, pointed tips, and blunted or squared tips are among the most common nail shapes requested. Natural nails can be shaped if they are healthy and strong enough to grow, cut and file. However, artificial nails are usually better for dramatic shaping options.

Designed Nails.

Art/Design – The sky is the limit when it comes to customizing your nail art with manicures and pedicures. It all comes down to how broad your imagination is and the talent of your nail technician. You may be someone who prefers subtle accent dots or classic stripe designs. You may dream of looking down at your nails and seeing miniature works of art.

Accessories: – Gemstones, crystal, beads, and other tiny 3-dimensional nail accessories can take the look of your nails from basic to breath-taking. These accents come in a variety of shapes and colors and can be clustered or spaced out. Even just a little bit of sparkle can go a long way in terms of elevating your manicure or pedicure.

Reason #2: Wellness

Health and wellness are also considered and addressed during a manicure or pedicure appointment. Getting your nails done certainly isn’t the same thing as seeing a medical professional for severe hand and foot issues. However, there are a number of physical and mental benefits to seeing a manicurist.

Skin – Any serious skin issues should always be addressed by a medically certified dermatologist, but a nail technician can address and advise you on many of the minor skin conditions you may be struggling with. Chronic dryness and rough patches such as callouses are just a couple of examples of skin conditions that can be addressed by a nail professional during a manicure and pedicure.

Nails – Having healthy nails is easier said than done for a lot of people. Fungus and infections must always be medically treated, but a manicurist can help you strengthen, grow, and repair your natural nails. Even if you prefer the look of artificial nails you still need to make sure that artificial nails have healthy natural nails to anchor to. This will help avoid excessive and frequent breaking.

What are the Mental Benefits of Getting a Manicure or Pedicure?

There is more to manicures and pedicures than the physical condition and the visual look of your nails. Sometimes going to the spa or salon is about taking some time out to focus on yourself. Let’s take a closer look at the internal benefits of manicures and pedicures.

Benefit #1: Self Care

Getting your nails done is all about self-care. Your mental health may not be the first thing you think of when you make your nail appointment, but there is something to be said for taking a timeout from the everyday grind to reset yourself. Manicures and pedicures are a great way to give yourself some time away from stress and pressure. Having a regularly scheduled break from your demanding life is healthy. Prioritizing yourself in an indulgent way can do wonders for your personal wellness. A manicure and pedicure can help keep you relaxed, give you a boost in confidence, and allow you to express your style and attitude in greater detail.

Benefit #2: Relaxation

A fragrant soak and a relaxing hand or foot massage can help you feel more relaxed. Indulging your extremities with this extra attention is particularly helpful if you are on your feet for long periods of time, or if your career requires a large amount of typing, handwriting, or other handwork. Pampering your hands and feet, with a manicure and pedicure, can relax your internal tension and help you relieve stress from the outside in.

Benefit #3: Confidence

Looking good is part of feeling good. When you are comfortable and happy with your overall look it can help you feel more confident as a whole. Your nails are an important part of your style and can make a difference in boosting your confidence. Make sure you know what you want and figure out your own personal nail style.

Benefit #4: Expression

Your nails make a statement to the people around you. What they say to the world depends on how you choose to have them done. Do they say that you are clean and classic? Do they convey an attitude of rebellion and edginess? Are you Avant grade and out of the ordinary? Do your nails purposefully contradict your personality? It’s all about what you want your nails to say.

What are the Benefits of Becoming a Nail Technician?

If you are someone who is naturally drawn to manicures and pedicures, you may have already considered making your interest in nail care a career. Do you want to academically and financially invest in your passion for nail care and nail design? There are a lot of positive aspects to becoming a fully trained and nail technician.

Reason #1: Interesting and Challenging Work

Being a nail technician leaves little room for boredom. The work itself may share fundamental qualities and similarities, however the specifics will vary from client to client. Here are some of the ways your professional nail work will keep you motivated and on your toes.

Lady showing off nail design.

Variety of Client Tastes and Preferences

Styles and preferences vary widely from person to person. You may have one client who wants to focus on conditioning their natural nails to maintain a more natural look and then another who wants 10-inch artificial nails with elaborately different designs on each one. Be ready to tackle any nail challenge that sits down at your station.

Different Anatomy

Nail shape, nail texture, finger/to length, nail strength and overall hand or foot size will all be factors to consider on an individual client-by-client basis. You will want to make your clients’ hands, feet and nails look, feel, and function the best that you possibly can. That means paying attention to the details of each individual customer during a manicure and pedicure.

Reason #2: Diverse Opportunities for Income

Another benefit to becoming a nail technician is the many career options you have to choose from. Where you work and how you manifest your career will all depend on the demands of your life and your level of commitment. Becoming a manicurist can give you the flexibility to create your own schedule or it can give you the stability of a predictable work environment. These are some of the most common career options for professional nail techs.

Nail Shops – Storefront nail shops are a fantastic way to get exposure to a high volume of clients for manicures and pedicures. These establishments typically have a lot of call-in and walk-in traffic which will give you a lot of practice and experience. It will also give you the chance to work with and learn from other seasoned industry professionals.

Salons/Spas – Spas and salons will often feature an area for manicures and pedicures as part of the services they offer to their clients. People who go to spas and salons are typically looking for a pampering experience, so you will likely be indulging your clients in more high-end treatments and detailed design work if this is the professional avenue you choose.

Retail – Shopping centers, certain flea markets, and fashion malls commonly feature manicure and pedicure services. These establishments usually rely on heavy foot traffic, so scheduling and preparation can be more hectic and fast-paced than it is with other nail care establishments.

Resorts/Casinos – Getaways and vacations are the perfect excuse for a little extra indulgence. Lots of people will seek out nail services and special treatments to spoil themselves while they’re on holiday. Manicures and pedicures are included in these indulgences. If you decide that a resort or casino is the right place to start your career, you will probably want to prepare for a lot of nail care first-timers and frequently changing faces.

Final Thoughts

The accessibility of celebrity and recognition through social media platforms has transformed the beauty industry across the board. Nail care is no exception. You can transform your passion and talent into a career through online tutorials, endorsements, and even entertainment. It all depends on your vision and your ambition.

Did this discussion about manicures and pedicures interest you in becoming a nail technician? Your search for a nail technician program ends at Minnesota School of Cosmetology, where you learn all the tricks of the trade to provide the look and TLC clients are looking for as part of our Cosmetology Program. Our campus locations are convenient, if you are looking for beauty schools that can train you to become a nail technician. You will graduate with a firm understanding of the anatomy of the nails and the skills to perform a variety of nail services, including manicures, pedicures, gel polish applications and nail art.

Both campuses feature salon-grade pedicure chairs and manicure stations where you will get to perfect your skills in a professional salon setting. If you are looking to become a nail technician, you can gain valuable, real-world experience you graduate working with products used in many salons across the country.

Contact us today to learn more about becoming a nail technician and starting a rewarding career in the beauty industry.

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