Manicures and pedicures can serve as accessories in their own right as they contain the ability to spruce up basic outfits. Finger and toes in colors perfectly complementary to an outfit are a subtle way to use the mani/pedi combo to your style advantage. While the benefits of manicures and pedicures are evident, it's important to know the basics of the different services available when booking your next salon service. Get the most bang for your buck by keeping in mind the most common types of manis and pedis.

French Manicures and Pedicures

French manicures and pedicures are among the most popular choices for women venturing to the local salon to have their nails done. Characterized by a sheer and shiny pink coat highlighted by a white tip, this style of nail is a classic and elegant option for women wanting something subdued but still lovely. For a French manicure, your nail technician will trim nails and cuticles, then apply the base coat and tip.

Gel or Shellac Manicure

For women wanting a long-lasting and shiny manicure, gel and shellac applications are safe bets. Accomplished by painting the nail with gel polish and sealing the coat with UV light, these manicures last longer, leaving your nails lustrous and chip-free for up to two weeks. While strikingly similar, shellac nail application is slightly thinner than that of gel polish, creating a more natural look. When planning gel or shellac manicures, protect your skin from UV rays by coating them with sunscreen before entering the salon.

Spa Pedicure

A spa pedicure is among the most relaxing of salon and spa services. Utilizing lotions and scrubs and submerging the feet in warm water, these services often include a massage chair and are for those desiring a tranquil and calm experience. Not only do they feel incredible, but spa pedicures neatly trim the nails and remove calluses, leaving the feet soft and smoothly conditioned.

Paraffin Pedicure

A paraffin pedicure is much like a spa pedicure, only with an extra step to ensure an incredibly clean and soft foot. A pedicurist will perform a regular pedicure and then use a coat of hot paraffin, a petroleum-based wax, to coat the foot. This process will condition and hydrate the foot and open pores to stimulate detoxification. This type of pedicure is exceptionally sanitary as its wax base proves an unfavorable breeding count for bacteria. When selecting salon services, be on top of cleanliness procedures to prevent infections.

About the Author

Sara Cantu

Sara Cantu has been writing fashion and lifestyle articles since 2009. As a fashion stylist, writer and blogger, she has been published in “Lady Couture” magazine and “RGV” magazine. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in journalism from The University of Texas - Pan American.