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Manicure is a very popular treatment available in most beauty salons and clinics. It involves treatment of the nails, cuticles and hands.
A full consultation will normally take place at the first treatment. This will establish the condition of the nails, cuticles and hands enabling the Therapist to advise and select treatments accordingly.
It is also important for the Therapist to understand the lifestyle of the client as this may often contribute to the condition of the hands and nails.
There are certain conditions that may hinder a Manicure treatment. The Therapist will check for these and advise the client on the action required. Coloured Nail enamel is not compulsory after a Manicure, there are options including French Manicure (natural base with a white tip painted on).
Natural nail treatments concentrate on the conditioning of the cuticle and nails. Products are designed to be applied on a regular basis and the Therapist may advise a course of treatments if necessary.
There are a number of Manicure systems that will include skin treatments, removal of dead skin cells and moisturising packs. Whichever treatment you select it can be a very relaxing and social occasion.
Handy Tips for French Manicures
The popularity of the French manicure is undeniable. Maybe it’s got to do with its versatility. You get groomed and polished looking hands without having to worry about any clash between the colour of what you’re wearing and the colour you have on your nails. Nothing is worse than having someone point out that your hot pink polish clashes with your coral dress. That’s the beauty of a French manicure. There really aren’t that many decisions to be made. Sure you may have to choose between white and off white for your tips, or possibly have to choose between blush and beige for the base colour; but compared to having to choose between wild orchid or pink palm, that’s it! A French manicure is that it usually lasts longer than a traditional manicure with colour, if only because it shows fewer chips and imperfections. The only real downside of a French manicure is that it is more difficult to give yourself a French manicure than it is to just paint your fingernails one solid colour. But if you have time on your hands, here are some tips to give yourself an at home French manicure. It’s not as great as getting one in a salon, but still a treat nonetheless. First soak your hands and scrub them well with an exfoliating scrub. Next trim and shape the nails. Then apply a base coat of polish to your nails. When attempting to paint the tip of your nails use a super thin brush, like an eyeliner brush. Next, take your time and apply a very light thin strip to the tips of your nails. After allowing the tips to dry, it’s time to apply the pink or beige top coat. Lastly apply a clear chip proof top coat to your new French manicure. Then sit back and admire your work!

Q. My nails are really short as they break off. I am too embarrassed to go for a Manicure.
A. No. Your only alternative is to book a Manicure you are a perfect client. The Therapist can identify the reasons for your nail condition and advise you. Please do not be embarrassed; it is not a requirement to have long nails.

Q. My cuticles are dry and split easily, can a manicure this?

A. Yes. Dry, dead cuticle can be removed and new cuticle conditioned. Heat packs and moisturisers may be applied and advise given depending on your lifestyle. Working with paper can sometimes contribute to dry, split cuticles, in addition to contact with detergents, too hot water, biting cuticles, to name but a few.