Basic Steps of a Pedicure

May 6, 2011 Featured, Nail Care

Basic Steps of a Pedicure

First, prepare the foot bath with a conditioning soap, antiseptic, and warm water, while your you should chooses her polish. Make sure you are comfortable while you are preparing everything.


One of the most important items on your list of tools is a sanitary a new file everytime. Use only sanitized implements and a clean foot bath. None of these things should be overlooked.

Step 1 – Soak the feet for approximately 5 to 7 minutes to soften skin and cuticles. Alternate each foot in and out of the foot bath with every procedure, having yourself continue to soak between each procedure.

Step 2 – Take one foot at a time, remove the polish, and file the nails.

Step 3 – Apply cuticle cream. Push the cuticles back and trim if necessary.

Step – 4 Buff the top of the natural nails with a gentle buffer to remove any ridges in the toe nails.

Step – 5 Remove any callous or dead skin on the bottom of the feet.

Step 6 – Exfoliate the feet by using a fine pumice. Remove the pumice from its container with an orangewood stick or spatula. Place it in the palms of your hands and gently rub over the entire foot, removing the dead skin. Rinse the feet to remove the remainder of the pumice before the next step.

Step 7 – Massage the feet and legs to the knees.

TIP – Do not have put feet back in the foot bath.

Step 8 – Clean off the nails with soap and water to remove the cuticle lotion and oils. Put in the toe separators.

Step 9 Polish.


Basic Steps of a Pedicure


Questions & Answers about Pedicure

Can I use the credo blade or razor on her feet?

Consult your state board and follow their guidelines pertaining to this technique. If your state board allows the use of a credo or razor, start by practicing on yourself. Always use a new blade for each time and disinfect the tool before each use. Remember, it is better to take off too little than too much.

You can train with another technician on the proper use of the credo blade first. Practicing on yourself will give you a respect for the blade and a firsthand understanding of how much you can cut. Cutting too much can also cause discomfort, so it is better to cut less and finish with a pumice stone or foot file.

What if the someone has thick hard toenails?

You can file or buff them to a better shape as long as it is not uncomfortable to you.

HOW do I handle ingrown toenails?

Gently press the area around the nail to identify the specific area that is affected. If the nail is extremely sore and infected, you should refer her to a podiatrist. A regular pedicure can help prevent ingrown nails by keeping the nails short and manicured.

First, file the ingrown nail flat across the top of the free edge. You can relieve the pressure on the skin by clipping the curling edges of the nail in the nail grooves by using your nippers. Using a smooth file, finish the edges of the nail you just clipped. With an orangewood stick clean under the nail and along the nail grooves. Remember, the longer the you soaks her foot, the softer the skin, making this procedure more comfortable for you.

If someone doesn’t mind the cosmetic look of cutting a small “V” in the center of the free edge of the ingrown nail, it too will relieve some pressure. Another way to relieve the pressure of an ingrown toe nail is to place a small amount of cotton under the edges of the ingrown nail. This will keep the corners elevated and away from the nail groove.

HOW long should toenails be?

The proper shape should be barely a free edge that takes the shape of the toe nail itself. So if the nail bed has an oval look to it file it oval. If the edge for the toe is flat, file it square. Leave a slight free edge if necessary.

When should I refuse to perform a pedicure?

When your feet aren’t sanitary or they have a condition such as athlete’s foot or open sores.

How do you identify athlete’s foot?

Athlete’s foot, which is extremely common, can be identified as a fungal infection surrounding the toes and soles of the feet. An itchy dry cracked appearance or blisters are symptoms of athlete’s foot. A pedicure should not be performed on you with athlete’s foot because of the high risk of transmission to others.

If someone has a corn on her toe what should I do?

Corns are beyond our manicuring license and we can not treat them. However, gently, with a soft file, you can smooth the top surface to make yourself more comfortable. Over-the-counter medications and donut patches that assist in curing the problems can be used. Consult your local drug store pharmacists for their recommendations on products.

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