The next time you go to a salon, try to look at your finger nails and toe nails and take a look if a manicure or pedicure is in dire need. One has to keep in mind that a pedicure and a manicure do not only mean having your nails cleaned and polished. It also involves treatments that replenish any lost supplements as well as rejuvenating the skin on your hands and feet.

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There are generally 4 types of manicures and pedicures that are available in most salons. They may branch out into other kinds of treatments that use non-traditional ingredients like petals from flowers or even dark chocolate. The classifications which will be discussed are the basics.

Regular Mani and Pedi – This type of treatment involves all the basics such as soaking with soapy water (to soften dead skin and dry nails), nail clipping, scrubbing of the feet and sole, moisturizing, a short foot massage, and application of a nail polish of your choice. One may also choose to go natural and skip the nail polish and go for nail buffing instead.

French Manicure/Pedicure – Salon all over the country have said that this is currently the most popular nail treatment among women. It’s natural and clean look is probably the main reason for its popularity among salons. Neutral colored nails with white tips classify this treatment. The client has the option of choosing the shape of their nail which can be oval, square, or round. Today, special stencils are used for a cleaner and faster application of white nail polish on the tips. Moisturizing, pumice scrubs, and simple hand and foot massages are also included in a French manicure and pedicure.

Nail Spa – As the name implies, your finger and toenails will undergo special spa treatments. This takes longer and obviously costs more. Salons come up with numerous variations of this procedure, often made "unique" by one special extra ingredient. Wraps and masks are usually involved. It’s basically like a regular mani and pedi plus the add-ons (say, reflexology massage with a hydrating treatment). These treatments aim to rejuvenate and relax the skin and nails.

Paraffin – Paraffin that is used for salon treatments is actually an alkaline (opposite of acidic) substance that contains hydrating factors for the skin. It comes in a very viscous and waxy form which is applied all over the skin on the feet and the hands (palm and back of hands). One’s hands and feet are then wrapped with for the moisture to seep through the skin. Paraffin manicure and pedicures also include regular nail cleaning and shaping.

Snails, The Nail SpaMANICURE AND PEDICURE: SALON OR SELF SERVICE?

Doing this on your own is, of course, possible. One just needs the right tools to effectively and safely keep their nails clean and nice looking. Salons will always advice you that if you haven’t had any experience with manicures and pedicures, then it’s best to get the help of a professional, and here in Singapore, three of the best are:

Snails, The Nail Spa – 501 Orchard Road, 03-01 Wheelock Place, Singapore 238880 Tel: +65 6738 0100 Opening hours: Mon – Sat-. 10 am – 8 pm; Sun and public holidays: 11 am – 6 pm

In this lilac-hued Wheelock Place salon, friendly staff pampers your hands and feet with intriguingly named treatments such as the nail doctor, crème de la mer and Geisha’s beauty secrets. They’ll even turn your little tot into a Party Princess with a kiddie’s manicure and sparkly nail stickers. Guys are catered for, too, so you can bring all the family.

Serendipity, The Nail SpaSerendipity, The Nail Spa – 10A Lorong Mambong, Holland Village, Singapore 277675 Tel: +65 6468 6826 Website: www.serendipity.com.sg Email: sayud@serendipity.com.sg Opening hours: Tues – Sat: 10 am 8 pm; Sun: 11 am – 5pm

This is not the best place to nip into for a hasty nail trim. Here, you’re encouraged to indulge in a complete "hand and foot spa" in an ambience of soft lighting, soft music and the aroma of essential oils. Couples and small parties can have treatment together to make nail care an event to be enjoyed in itself.

Hollywood Secrets, Paragon – 290 Orchard Road, 05-31 Paragon, Singapore 238861 Tel: +65 6738 2983 Website: www.hollywoodsecrets.com.sg Opening hours: Mon – Fri: 11 am – 9 pm; Sat: 11 am – 7 pm; Sun: 12pm – 7 pm; Public holidays; 11 am – 8 pm

This is a one-stop shop for all your beauty treatments, where bad hair days are simply washed away and you emerge feeling movie star sleek and sultry. Thorough pampering from efficient staff includes manicures and pedicures (where two people may literally be waiting on you hand and feet), makeup, and hair styling. You’ll feel absolutely gorgeous.


If you’re travelling in Florida, be sure to also check out The Red Room Salon 13019 Spring Hill Drive, Spring Hill, FL 34609 (352) 688-7577 www.theredroomsalon.com