Pedicure

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A pedicure in progress

A pedicure is a way to improve the appearance of the feet, and their nails. It basically is a manicure for the feet. The word pedicure comes form the Latin words pes, which means foot, and cura, which means care. It also means the care of the feet and toenails. A pedicure can be helpful because it can prevent nail diseases and nail disorders.

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History

The history of pedicures dates back to ancient Egypt. A carving of a pharaoh's official was noted as representing pedicures and manicures.

Tools

  • Towels
  • Cotton balls
  • Toenail clippers
  • Lotion
  • Cuticle cream
  • Cuticle pusher
  • Orangewood sticks
  • Acetone
  • Antibacterial soap
  • Foot bath
  • White block buffer

Benefits

If you get a pedicure it can benefit you in many ways. It will help you by keeping up with your feet and will prevent any nail diseases or nail disorders. Especially if you have diabetes or you are not able to take care of yourself, you could go and get someone else and they can do it for you. Plus It will also make your feet look better.

I would add that for a pregnant woman or overly large person, this is nice. With diabetics, it's very important you tell your nail technician that you are diabetic, so the tech would be extra careful with the implements, so as to not cut the client. (diabetics sometimes have trouble clotting and healing after a cut or bruise)

Things You Need To Know

  • Structure of the nail
  • Composition of cosmetics used in a pedicure
  • Give effective pedicure
  • Care for clients' problems or concerns
  • Distinguish nail disorders that can or can't be treated
  • Sanitation and disinfectant procedures
  • The difference between nail diseases and nail disorders

Nail Cosmetics

  • Base coat
  • Cuticle creams
  • Cuticle oil
  • Cuticle remover
  • Dry nail polish
  • Liquid nail polish
  • Nail bleach
  • Nail conditioner
  • Nail dryer
  • Polish thinner
  • Polish remover

Parts

Pedicures contain different parts.

  • Filing
  • Cuticle nipping - clipping excess cuticle around nail.
  • Cleansing the nails - wash nails in finger bath with warm, soapy water.
  • Buffing - shaping of the nails.
  • Polishing the nails

Foot Massage

Feet, leg, hand,and arm massages are an important part of pedicures and manicures. This technique will help relax your client, and possibly keep them coming back to you. When giving a foot massage you should be firm but gentle.

Foot reflexology has been widely used while giving the foot massage. Also, you can massage with hot stones in your hands, and use special creams that have menthol in them to help rejuvenate the foot.

Typical Feet Disorders

  • Athlete's Foot

Ingrown toenails

Safety Rules

  • Always sanitize your hands before you start
  • Keep all containers covered and labeled
  • Keep hands dry when handling containers
  • Avoid dropping sharp implements
  • Dull sharp edges with emery board
  • Do not file nails too deeply
  • Avoid excessive friction when nail buffing
  • Apply antiseptic if skin is broken

References

Milady's Standard Cosmetology

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