What is the main difference between a classic pedicure and a spa-type pedicure?

January 01, 2003

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.

<p>A deluxe or spa-style pedicure will appeal to all the senses and may include an extended massage or a complimentary beverage. Photo courtesy of Infinity Luxury Salon in the Gorge.</p>

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.

 Read more about deluxe pedicure services here.

How can I prevent lifting when my client's hands are constantly in water?

I have a client who is in the medical field so her hands are constantly in water. She has me keep the length of her acrylic nails short. No matter what I do, she always has at least one nail that comes off, and she always has lifting and gets water under the acrylic. I prep the nails correctly, I have a cuticle bit to clean the cuticle area, and I wipe the nail with alcohol, dehydrate the nail, and prime the nail. What should I do?

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