What is a manicure & what to expect?

A manicure is a type of beauty treatment for the hands, a therapeutic service that involves cutting, filing, shaping nails and a warm and relaxing hand massage.
Nghi Dinh
October 19, 2022

Everybody needs a little pampering. If there’s a body part that requires pampering the most, it’s the hands. Your hands perform most of the physical work you do every day, but treating your hands to a nice manicure is often forgotten. The next time you notice that your hands need a little treat, it's probably time to head to a nail salon!

What is a manicure?

A manicure is a type of beauty treatment for the hands, a therapeutic service that involves cutting, filing, and shaping nails. The nail technician will also push back and tidy your cuticles before giving you that pretty nail polish. You would also enjoy a warm and relaxing hand massage with a full service. 

What are the benefits of a manicure?

While many people may think of manicure as a luxury, there are a lot of  crucial health benefits that go beyond aesthetics. Here are just a few: 

1. Hand infection prevention 

Some people forget to take extra care of their hands like they do the rest of their bodies. Your hands and feet need as much moisturising as your face does. When not properly mosturised, skin cracks may form due to severe skin dryness, which could lead to an infection. Getting a regular manicure can help avoid this.

2. Improved blood circulation 

That nice massage included in manicure could promote blood circulation to your arms and hands. A hand massage can also reduce muscle tension, increase joint mobility, and relieve pain. 

3. Prettier nails 

Nobody can deny the aesthetic miracle after each manicure! A good manicure treatment can make your nails looking much younger and attractive, which is probably why many people try to get a manicure as often as possible. 

How often do you get a manicure?

Most professional nail technicians recommend that you get a manicure every 2-3 weeks. Doing so keeps your hands and nails healthy without overdoing it. After two weeks, you might notice that your cuticle begin to dry, the nails start to get jagged, and nail polish starts chipping away. These are the signs you need to schedule a manicure treatment!

What to expect from a manicure?

If this is the first time getting a manicure, you should be excited! Your nails are about to get some love, and you will enjoy it.

Nail Treatment

At the salon, the manicure service usually starts with the removal of the existing nail polish. Then, your nails will be cleaned, shaped, filed; and your cuticle are pushed down (unless you request not to). The goal is to make your fingernails look clean, attractive and well-kept. 

Hand Massage

When the preliminaries finish, the hand soak and massage will follow. These treatments will relax your hands, and most people love this part. Your hands soak in warm water, with optional herbal oils and scents. The hand massage is usually of a reflexology type, which is beneficial for both your muscles and blood circulation.

Nail Polish

The next step, nail polish application, is probably the most exciting! Here, you get to pick out the type of nail polish you want to have, along with the color or design of your preference. This is where the service differs between salons and where the skills of the nail technician come into play. 

How much does a manicure cost? 

The cost of a manicure service will depend on what type of service you want. A gel manicure may cost between $30 and $60. For example, an express gel manicure costs around $40 and may last 40 minutes. The service includes cuticle removal and nail cutting, shaping, and buffing, on top of gel nail polish application. 

On the other hand, if you prefer a more luxurious service, such as a deluxe gel manicure, you could pay $50 or more. For this type of service, you also get warm water soaking, sugar scrubbing, and gel color. Each lasts approximately 60 minutes.

Different kinds of manicure services

There are many kinds of manicure services. You may ask the salon what type of manicure they offer, and the treatments included in each service. Some of the most common options are the following: 

  • French – your nails will be cut square-shaped, then painted over with a coloured polish with a white tip
  • Gel or shellac –  a UV lamp is used to set the nail polish. This type of nail polish can go on for weeks without chipping.  
  • Hot stone – A manicure service with a focus on the hot stone massage intended to relax your hands 
  • Parrafin wax – a warm paraffin wax is rubbed on your hands, wrists, and nails to soften and moisturise the skin. 

How long does a manicure last?

Depending on the nail polish used for your nails, the manicure could last for one to three weeks. Regular nail polish could last 1-2 weeks, while gel or shellac manicure can stay on for 2-3 weeks.

About 1999 House of Nails

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