How to give yourself a salon quality pedicure at home

Lets face it, often we do not have the time or money to visit the salon for a great pedicure. So here are simply tips to get the same professional look in the comfort of your own home.

(1) Soak your feet in warm water for five minutes. For an extra treat for your tired feet just add some bath salts to the water. Your feet will love it!

(2) Pat your feet dry with a towel. Slough off the dead skin with a foot file. You can find foot files at any drugstore or big box retailer. Use a file with a medium grit to get the best results without damaging your feet.

(3) Trim your nails straight across with a straight edge clipper. You should use three cuts per toe nail. This way you will avoid cutting your nails too short. If you trim your toenails too short you run the risks of developing ingrown toenails.

(4) Then smooth the edges off of your toe nails with a file. Use a fine grit file so you will not damage your nails. You can to find a fine grit file at the same store you purchased your foot file at.

(5) Next rub a cream all over your feet. Its is best to use a foot cream, but in a pinch, a body cream will work. Concentrate on your heels and  cuticles. These areas are driest parts of your feet.

(6) Now its time to prepare your toenails for polishing. Clean your nails with a lint free cotton pad soaked in polish remover. This will remove the oil from your nails, making your color application look perfect.

(7) Then apply a base coat, 2 coats of color, and a top coat. Make sure let the polish dry thoroughly and then your ready to go!

By following these easy steps you will look as though you just stepped out of the salon.

photo credit: Ellen McLawhorn

How to find quality nail services

Nail Salon Photo Credit: CosmoPolitician Monica D. from Flickr

When you call to book your appointment or if you are going to walk-in at a salon, you should first ask if all the nail technicians working in the salon are licensed. If they are not, it would be best for you to not get any services there. It is a North Carolina law that all nail services providers should be licensed by the state.

Once you enter the salon, check for the sanitation grade. The salon has to post the grade where the public can see it. Even if you already have a regular nail salon, always check for changes in the sanitation grade. If it is anything less than an A Grade, it would be a good idea to cancel your appointment and seek services at another salon. Always take note of the general cleanliness of the salon. If it does not look clean to you, then it is not.

If you are planning on receiving a pedicure, always check the whirlpool tubs for cleanliness. These tubs are the most difficult thing in the salon to clean, so it is very easy for employees to skip important steps in sanitizing them. The pipes that filter the water in and out can often go unsanitized between clients. So a quick check of that area could save you a lot of pain and difficulties in the future.

A great resource for anyone seeking salon nail services in our state is the North Carolina Cosmetic Arts website. They provide an endless amount of information about salons located all over the state. If you are a regular customer of nail salons it would be a great idea to become familiar with this site and check it periodically for updates.

Here is the link for their site…

http://www.nccosmeticarts.com/consumer.aspx