PEDICURE – PART 2 – THE PROCESS

Put on some nice music and tell each person what you are are going to do, step by step. 

Each person will do their own feet of course, but when it comes to the massage part, you can all massage each other’s feet. It makes it much more relaxing and fun.

  1. Remove items such as belts, tight jeans etc. Loose fitting clothes or tracksuit are best.
  2. Soak both feet in the soapy water for 5 minutes.  (You can add a tablespoon of bleach  for discolored nails, cracked heels that have trapped dirt or as a sterilizer).
  3. Dry one foot at a time to work on, leaving the other in the water throughout all the steps up to the massage.
  4. Rest the foot on the opposite knee (on a towel) to start working on it. 
  5. Using the nail clippers, cut the toenails in a straight line.  Cut to a comfortable length but do not cut too short. Do not cut into the outer corners as it may cause ingrown toenails.
  6. Change feet, returning the other foot to the water.  After cutting the toenails, gently file across the cut area to seal the raw edge on both feet.
  7. Next, shape the nails from the sides – only a tiny bit – until the nail shape looks good and feels smooth.
  8. By now the cuticles around your toenails will be soft and easy to push back.
  9. Using the wider end of the stick, gently push the skin off the toenail toward the base of your toe until you can clearly see the half-moon shape on that part of your toenail.  Do not cut the cuticle.  If it has been neglected, you can gently file over it to smooth out any roughness. clean under nails with the sharper side of the stick.  change feet.
  10. Using a heel file, start shedding  the rough skin on your heels.  If the skin on your heels is damaged, be careful as you can accidentally file too deep.  Use this file on the ball of your foot also. Use an Emery board or soft nail file to smooth out any rough skin after filing with the heel file.
  11. Foot massage:  Add a few drops of olive oil or cooking oil to a small amount of body lotion for lubrication.

Wrap both feet in the towel while one person takes center stage to have a foot massage.   Then take turns.

  • Using both hands, apply long hand strokes (thumbs on sole and fingers on top of foot)  firmly massage one foot from the heel/ankle toward the toes.  Don’t rush the massage. Next, make a fist to massage the sole of the foot from the heel to the toes, steady the foot with your other hand.  You will soon find out what feels good and relaxing if you practice a bit.  
  • Using your fingers, massage between the toes.  Pull on your toes, hold for a second and slowly release them one at a time. This movement is  stress reliever of note.
  •  Put on a pair of socks after the massage until everyone enjoyed their massage.

Dip a corner of the towel into the water to remove cream residue from the nails (and dry) before painting. 

PAINTING THE NAILS:- Paint down one side of the nail, then down the other and finally down the center. The first coat of paint should be thin. 

Apply artwork as you would do for the manicure.

If you get varnish on the surrounding skin, wait until the nails are completely dry before removing this, either with some remover or with warm water and a nail brush. 

I hope you will have some great fun with your friends and family often, not just during the holidays.

Faithfully your friend,

Thandi

 

 

 

 

 

PEDICURE – PART 1 – PREPERATION

Fun to share with friends during the holidays.  (PART 1 OF 2.)

Invite 2 of your best friends (more if you have the space).

Ask them to dress comfortably (a tracksuit is best) and to bring a pair of socks along.

If you are on your own own, that’s okay – or invite your Boyfriend or your Mum for some bonding time.

 

PREPARE A SEATING AREA AND TRAY TABLE :-

First you need to prepare a comfortable seating area  as follows:-

Place some small towels next to each seat.

Fill a plastic tub with water. (Cold water is fine in summer).

Add some liquid soap and some sterilizing fluid (like Milton’s)

Use a plastic dish (like an empty ice-cream container) and fill halfway with water, some soap and sterilizer. Each time an instrument is used, rinse it in this solution for a few seconds and place it on a small towel before sharing the item.

PREPARE TRAYS:-

  1.  NAIL VARNISH TRAY – Place some funky colour nail varnishes (and a clear varnish) on a tray.
  2.  PRODUCT TRAY– Nail varnish remover, cotton wool, massage cream mixed with a few drops of olive oil for lubrication.
  3.  INSTRUMENT TRAY –  Nail clipper, cuticle sticks, files, Heel file (or  Pumice stone) Nail brush.

Close to the time your friends arrive, put a jug of juice and ice on a side table and some glasses.

Once they arrive, you can all can kick off your shoes and soak your feet in the water.

This is a good time to ask them to turn their cell phones OFF.

This is quality friendship time, bonding time, and relaxing time – a time to have fun.

Then go to part 2 – The pedicure procedure.

 

Faithfully your friend,

Thandi

 

THE PERFECT MANICURE

You will need he following:

  • Nail clippers
  • Nail file
  • Cuticle pusher (a stick with a flat end or rubber tip).
  • Lotion (body lotion or hand lotion)
  • Clear nail varnish (optional)
  • Colour varnish (optional)
  • Varnish remover
  • ………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………..
  1. Remove all jewelry and remove old nail varnish.
  2. Soak your hands in warm, soapy water for 5 minutes. You may add a teaspoon of bleach if your nails are not quite white.
  3. Dry hands well, using the nail clippers, cut your nails in a straight line.  Do not cut into the outer corners – this will weaken the nail.
  4. Cut to a comfortable length but stay away from exaggerated lengths. You are a teenager.  Don’t compete with older women. 
  5. Look at the nail shapes in this picture. Go to the comments in this post and write down the NAME only of the shape you prefer. This exercise will help us determine what is hot at the moment and what is not. (Do that now, please).
  1. Gently file across the cut area to seal the raw edge.
  2. Next, shape the nail from sides – only a tiny bit – until the nail shape looks good.
  3. Using the cuticle pusher, gently loosen the cuticle if it has attached itself to the fingernail and push this delicate skin back toward the base of your finger. Clean under nails.  

Rinse your hands with clean water and dry. If you are going to apply some nail varnish, do this before applying cream (otherwise the varnish will not stick to the nail)

Always start with a clear (base) coat to prevent your nails from discoloring. Wait for each layer of varnish to dry completely. The second coat can be clear varnish again to look groomed, or you may opt for colours. When using colours, you will need two coats on top of the base coat and finally another clear coat to prevent the colour varnish from wearing too quickly. If you have any fancy stickers or artwork, apply them before the final clear coat. If you are going to apply rhinestones or glitter, apply them after the final coat. If you create your own design with stencils or different colours, it takes some practice. Make an afternoon of this and experiment until you are happy with the result.

HAND MASSAGE:  Add a few drops of olive oil or cooking oil to a small amount of body lotion for lubrication. Spend some time massaging your hands starting from the wrist.  Use some firmness in your movements and practice various movements that feels good.

  • Massage first away from your arm, then across your hand and then massage each finger. Try various ways of pulling on the finger from the base to the nail.  This is a slow movement and should leave your hands feeling relaxed.  Then massage back toward your wrist.
  • Repeat on the other hand. Spend at least 20 minutes on the massage and allow your whole body to relax.
  • Wipe off any excess oiliness.  
  • NAIL MAINTENANCE
  • Maintenance of varnish is important. When colour varnish starts to wear or chip off, remove it and re-do it soonest.
  • A ‘tired’ looking manicure is unsightly and will give the impression you don’t care about your appearance.
  • NEVER paint over an old paint job. Rather clean off the varnish and go without colour until you have time to paint them properly.
  • Because our hands are always on display, pay keen attention to how your hands and nails look and start using your hands in beautiful (but not exaggerated) movements. This will help you get used to the idea that your hands are meant for showing off an not neglecting the maintenance or grooming habits. 
  • BODY LANGUAGE – this is a topic for another time but when you learn to use your hands to show them off, avoid touching any part of your face like your nose and mouth. These habits have adverse meanings in body language and you will learn about these soon.

Tomorrow we will discuss the perfect pedicure.

Faithfully your friend,

Thandi