Manicures and Pedicures are two of the most common procedures done at nail salons and spas. But sadly some people are still confused about the two procedures.
So in this article, I am going to:
- Highlight the key differences between a pedicure & a manicure.
- Help you to understand what both procedures are.
- And what each usually includes.
What are the Key Differences Between a Manicure & a Pedicure
- Manicures are done to your hands whilst Pedicures are done to your feet
- Pedicures tend to be focused on removing calluses and skin exfoliation
- Manicures are more focused on making your fingernails look more appealing
- Pedicures tend to be more expensive
- Manicures usually are quicker
- Pedicures tend to be focused on relaxation
1- Manicures are Done on Hands & Whilst Pedicures on Feet
A manicure is a cosmetic treatment done to your hands with a special focus on making your nails look more appealing.
Whilst a pedicure is a cosmetic treatment done to your feet with a focus on exfoliation and removal of calluses.
The term manicure is a combination of the Latin words ‘manus’ which means ‘hand’ and ‘curare’ meaning ‘care’.
And pedicure comes from ‘Pedi’ meaning ‘foot’ and ‘curare’ meaning ‘care’.
What is Included in a Manicure & a Pedicure
The services that come with a manicure and a pedicure will vary based on the type of manicure or pedicure that you select.
And each salon will also have differences too. Like some salons will include massages with each manicure and pedicure whilst others won’t.
A Standard Manicures Includes:
- Cleaning of Fingernails – is the removal of any leftover nail products such as nail polish and the removal of dead cuticle skin on your nails.
- Fixing and Aligning your Cuticles – where your cuticles are aligned and neaten up.
- Cutting, Filing & Shaping your Fingernails – making your fingernails look uniform and neat.
- Applying Nail Products – this includes nail polishes and other types of nail products such as acrylic or gel extensions.
You can check out the video below to see exactly what a standard manicure usually looks like.
A Standard Pedicure Includes:
- Removing your Calluses or Corns – to make your feet smooth and soft
- Cleaning of your Toenails – removing any nail product & dead cuticle skin tissue on your toenails.
- Neatening your Cuticles
- Cutting, Filling and Shaping of your Toenails
- Application of Nail Products – usually nail polish or gel polish.
- Foot Massages – are also very common
You can check out the video below to see what a standard pedicure looks like.
2- Pedicures are More Focused on Skin Care
The skin on your feet tends to be more prone to developing corns and calluses. And because of this pedicures tend to prioritize and focus on skin treatment.
Removal of calluses and corns are usually done by:
- Using an exfoliant,
- And manually removing the harden and thicken skin using an emery board or a pumice. Citation.
Manicures rarely include deep skin treatment like pedicures but you can request this from your nail salon.
3- Manicures are Focused on Making Your Nails Look More Appealing
When compared to pedicures, manicures are more focused on making your fingernails look more attractive and appealing. This is because your fingernails are more easily seen when compared to your toenails.
Common cosmetic nail improvements are:
- Artifically extending the length of your nails – by using nail products such as acrylic or gel extension.
- Changing the color of your nails – Usually by done by using nail polishes.
- Creating Intricate Nail art and Designs.
- Applying Nail Accessories – such as gems
Pedicures will include making your toenails look better but this is usually limited to just applying nail polish. But you can request any cosmetic nail improvements such as nail extensions or nail art.
4- Pedicures Tend to Be More Expensive
Now the price of a manicure and pedicure will vary greatly. But if you are comparing the same type of pedicure to the same type of manicure, the pedicure will be more costly.
This is because pedicures:
- Tend to take longer
- Requires more effort
- Tend to includes more services such as skin treatment & massages.
- Uses more products like exfoliants and skin cream.
5- Manicures Tend to Be Quicker
The time it takes to do a manicure will vary greatly depending on the type of manicure. But if you are comparing the same type of manicure to the same type of pedicure, the manicure tends to be quicker.
A standard manicure tends to be quicker than a standard pedicure. Or if you opt for a gel manicure or gel pedicure, the gel manicure will be done quicker than a gel pedicure.
6- Pedicures are More Focused on Relaxation
Both pedicures and manicures can be a form of stress relief. But pedicures tend to be more focused on this aspect.
This is because your feet have a lot of tension in them. This is because they are constantly under a lot of pressure.
And most nail salons know the value of helping to relieve the tension and stress in their client’s feet. So most salons include massages in their pedicure packages.
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