Royal protocol is a code of conduct for state occasions; it's etiquette, and frankly has nothing to do with what color pedicure Meghan, or any royal for that matter, wears to a charity theater event. — Caroline Hallemann, Town & Country, "No, Meghan Markle Didn't Break Royal Protocol With Her Dark Nail Polish," 17 Jan. 2019 And unlike a nail salon or a full-service spa, Sport Clips doesn’t have to worry about potential health-and-safety minefields like hair-color chemicals, waxing and pedicure tubs. — Audrey Dutton, idahostatesman, "Is your salon clean and safe? Many are, but state board cracks down on violators.," 15 Jan. 2018 Salon owner Kim Tran's reasoning: Her pedicure chairs have a weight limit of 200 pounds and cost $2,500 to fix. — Brynn Mannino, Woman's Day, "Georgia Woman Charged Extra for Mani-Pedi for Being Overweight," 27 Aug. 2010 Some wear blue shoes, others go for a blue manicure or pedicure; a piece of jewelry with a blue gem is popular option, as is a blue ribbon tied around the bridal bouquet. — Marci Robin, Allure, "A Bride's Blue Pen Exploded in Her Hair Days Before Her Wedding, and the Photos Are Dramatic," 18 Aug. 2018 Because, well, the Mother’s Day pedicure’s fun and all, but a visit to the plastic surgeon is far longer lasting. — Alyssa Giacobbe, Town & Country, "Plastic Surgery Is the New Trend in Mother Daughter Bonding," 11 May 2017 To be safe, do a DIY pedicure at home, and save the nail salons for polish changes only. — Chloe Metzger, Marie Claire, "Woman's Pedicure Infection Almost Results in Leg Amputation," 24 July 2018 Tom Ford's creations are generally always of the splurge variety and the brand's new signature Neroli Portofino pedicure available exclusively at the John Barrett Salon is no exception. — Fiorella Valdesolo, Town & Country, "Portofino, By Way of Bergdorf," 16 May 2014 According to the New York Post, women are swapping lunch meetings for power pedicures. — Chrissy Rutherford, Harper's BAZAAR, "It's VS Fashion Show Day, Plus More!," 13 Nov. 2013
Scrub your feet with a pumice stone or foot file while they are wet. A pumice stone is a light, porous volcanic rock often used to remove dead skin cells and calluses. You can also use a foot file to do this. To use, hold the tool up to your foot, and quickly move it back and forth. It is best to work in about 1 in (2.5 cm) areas at a time. Apply steady pressure, but be careful not to push too hard.
“When you choose a nail salon, you need to make sure it is licensed by the state,” Ostrosky said. “Having a state license means there are certain hygiene standards and that the salon has been inspected. It gives you assurance that there is a level of cleanliness there and you want to make sure that the actual beauty technician who works on you is licensed, as well. That means they have been trained in sterilization and technique.”
Before all else, a manicure lover dreams of her fashion statement. Is yours the French manicure? Depending on who you ask, this pale pink polish with a white tip is either classic or old-fashioned. If you love the look, you'll be happy to know that it makes nails look longer. And pale shades are just right for serious moments, like a job interview.
In cold weather, bring plastic wrap to your pedicure to help avoid smudges. Before you leave the salon, ask the technician to put a layer of cuticle oil on your newly polished toes. Then wind the plastic wrap around them before you put tights, socks, or shoes back on. Pedicure socks have openings for toes and can be worn with flip-flops. Or slip your feet into special pedicure boots that have a front flap that leaves your toes exposed.
Professional services should not include dipping clients' hands or feet into a communal paraffin bath, as the wax can be a vector for disease. Paraffin should be applied in a way that avoids contamination, often by placing a portion of the wax into a bag or mitt, which is placed on the client's hand or foot and covered with a warm towel, cotton mitt, or booty to retain warmth. The paraffin is left for a few minutes until it has cooled.