Do Your Manicure And Pedicure At Home With This Easy Guide
Don't we girls just love our parlour visits? I personally find them so relaxing and refreshing. But we can't deny the fact that every month we give away a considerable portion of our hard-earned money in return for those few hours of bliss. And when you've splurged carelessly during the last shopping sale and are in a financial crunch, it's time to forget the parlour for another month!
That's why we felt it's important to know what goes into a good manicure and pedicure because it's really not all that difficult. Here's a step-by-step guide to do that perfect manicure and pedicure at home, with just a few easily available things.
Also Read: Ensure Your Manicure Is Done The Right Way
The 10-Minute Mani-Pedi
This one's perfect when your nails look all dirty and unkempt, and you just have around 10 minutes to spare before heading out for your special evening. All you'll need is a bowl of warm water, body wash, a little salt and a bowl of sugar.
- Before you begin, remove all traces of nail polish.
- Let the salt dissolve in the bowl of water and dip your hands/feet for a few minutes.
- Squeeze out a dollop of body wash in the bowl of sugar and mix it until it becomes a thick, sticky paste. - Use this mixture as a scrub and gently exfoliate your nails and cuticles.
- Rinse it off and pat dry. Apply your favourite shade of nail paint and head out like a diva!
The 60-Minute Mani-Pedi
This routine is perfect for the days when you don't feel like heading to the parlour but your nails are visibly distressed, or you need an urgent nail care routine after a crazy festival like Holi or simply when it's a boring weekend and you need a pastime! Take your time for this one because the results will be pretty amazing.
- Firstly remove all traces of nail polish from your nails.
- Trim and shape your nails. Here your toenails may require more attention than your fingernails because we often miss out on keeping them shaped.
- Fill a bowl with warm water and add an essential oil. Remember that a pedicure will require a larger bowl. Bonus Tip: Eucalyptus Oil is great for treating feet odour.
- Now add a generous amount of shampoo to the bowl and dip your hands/feet in the bowl. Take your time to relax. If your feet have cracks or calluses, soak them in for a longer time.
Also Read: Home Remedies For Calluses Or Corn On Feet
- Use a toothbrush to clean your nails, cuticles and finger gaps with your toes still soaked in water. This step is very important for getting rid of dead cells.
- Use a cuticle pusher to push your cuticles in a circular motion.
- This step is only required during a pedicure. Use a foot filer to scrub the bottom and sides of the heels and ankles. Our feet are the part most prone to dust and dirt; so, take time to scrub them clean.
- Now it's time for scrubbing and polishing your hands and legs. You could use readymade products just like the parlour chick or you could trust natural ingredients to do the trick. Rice flour (chawal ka atta), suji or powdered dry orange peels are some of the best body scrubs and polishers.
- The last step would be to thoroughly dry your hands and legs, especially in the finger gaps. Do not miss out on the much-needed moisturizer. End this super easy nail care routine with some chic nail art designs and whoa! The result: pretty and clean nails. Added advantage: not a single penny spent :)
The next time your nails deserve some tender loving care, take it upon yourself to pamper them and save those extra bucks. Just follow this easy guide and do a perfect manicure and pedicure at home.