Nail'ing It! - Know your nail treatments!
Now-a-days, fashion has redefined its scope and expanse. It is not about simply wearing good clothes any longer. A woman must look perfect, from head to toe. And apart from regular hair-care, skin-care etc., she must also take good care of her hands and feet. Manicure and pedicure is an absolute must if a woman wants to look her best in an all-round manner.
Manicure is the beauty treatment for fingernails and hands performed at home or in the salon. It not only treats the nails, but the hands as well, through filing, shaping of edges, massage of the hand and application of polish. In this treatment, hands are often soaked in a softening substance followed by massaging of lotion. The words have been derived from Latin, manus for “hands”, cura for “care”. Its origin can be traced back to 5,000 years ago. French manicures were very popular in the 1920s and 1930s and is currently regaining its popularity. It comprises of painting the tips of the nails, white and the rest part in pink or any shade of neutral base colour in order to lend a natural yet beautiful look to it.
Nowadays, manicure is not just about making one’s nails good, but is associated with the physiological benefit as well. Removal of the cuticles and application of a variety of creams and oils in order to maintain a healthy balance of oils around the nail bed are also included in the art of manicure. Often, nail salons may apply a hard gel, which acts as an artificial nail, which can then be painted in different techniques. A manicure treatment takes about 30 minutes to 1 hour. However, hardening treatments and harsh chemicals must be used on nails with sufficient care so as to about brittleness. To ensure the use of nail moisturizers and clear polish proteins with which the protein keratin on our natural nails can be preserved is an important principle of manicure. Paraffin wax treatment and hot oil manicure are also very good for the softening and mosturizing of hands.
Pedicure is the way of improving the appearance of your feet and toe-nails. It has been derived from the Latin words ‘pedis’ meaning foot and ‘cura’ meaning care. It is not just confined to beautifying nails, but is also important in terms of therapeutic and medical purposes. Usually, pumice stone is used to rub off dead skin cells on the bottom of the feet. Pedicures can help prevent nail diseases and disorders.
The bottom-line is that women are as particular about their hands, feet and nails as they are about their apparel and accessories. Beauty is a multi-dimensional concept and the popularity of these treatment techniques show the implication of paying attention to every bit of one’s appearance.