Manicure 101

October 23, 2013


I am going to go through the basics of mani’s and pedi’s for you over the coming weeks, as the importance of ‘at home’ care and using specialized products is as important as going to visit your nail therapist regularly. No perfectly manicured nails will ever look good if the surrounding skin and cuticles remain unhealthy. This requires teamwork, between the therapist and the client.


A manicure I do on myself regularly.  This photo is from about 6 mths ago (my ig name was then @gerxnails)

The word manicure is derived from the Latin words manus (hand) and cura (care), so manicure means care of the hands and nails. Regular care is necessary to maintain the health of the hands and nails. This applies to both men and women. When I meet someone, man or woman, one of the first things I notice is their hands. Men, you shake hands, we notice your dry, flaky skin, so don’t think you can get out of this one either!


My husband! A manly manicure victim!

Having a manicure performed regularly will maintain a nice smooth nail outline, free the cuticle from the nail plate, and provide nourishment and moisturisation to the nail plate, cuticles, and skin. In turn, the improved circulation will improve nail strength, help to prevent splitting and flaking of the nail, and encourage nail growth.

When was your last manicure?

Do you care for your hands at home with the use of moisturizers, cuticle creams etc?

I look forward to hearing your responses.


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