What is the main difference between a classic pedicure and a spa-type pedicure?
Basic or classic pedicures are what you probably learned in school. Shape the nails and cuticle area, slough the feet and/or legs, massage calves and feet, and finish with an invigorating peppermint-type lotion.
A spa-type pedicure goes further with exfoliation and pampering of the client. You want to appeal to all her senses. For instance, for a peaches and cream pedicure, you could use a peach-scented candle or diffuser in the pedicure area. Milk (cream) will help exfoliate the skin and sliced peaches in the pedi bath will make the client feel very relaxed. You could offer a glass of peach nectar or some sliced peaches with whipped cream in a cup while she is having her pedicure. The massage with the spa-type pedicure should be longer than with the plain pedicure, or you could just use different massage techniques. Either way, you should charge more for the spa-type pedicure. — Lynnette Madden is owner of Salon 29 at Main in East Greenville, Pa.