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The word "manicure" is derived from a Latin word which literally means care for your hands. Manicure treatments not only involve hands but fingernails as well. How our hands and fingernails look reflect how well we take care of them and their appearance may affect first impressions that we leave.

The main purpose of manicure is to make people look and feel good about their hands and fingernails. It is very popular and works like a fashion accessory because there is a wide range of products which can be used to beautify and decorate fingernails. Your nails can be painted or decorated according to what you wear or the type of event you are attending.

Other purposes of manicure are to prevent nail damages and to treat sore or broken skin around the nails. Hand massages which are usually a part of manicure treatments help to improve blood circulation around the hand and fingernails, and decreases the rate of wrinkling.

Basic manicure treatments include shaping and filing of nails, buffing, removing of cuticles, a quick hand massage and applying nail polish. Examples of other types of treatments include the use of warmed paraffin wax to moisturise and smoothen the hands, hot stone massage or the use of essential oils. Customers can also choose to do their nails in the classic French manicure where the fingernails are painted a light colour and the tips in white, or have their nails painted in any colour they like and add other embellishments like crystals.

Similar to a manicure, a pedicure is a beauty treatment for our feet and toenails. Our feet usually get neglected because we tend to pay more attention to our faces and hands. However, we should give them a little more attention if we want our feet to look healthy and beautiful. When our feet do not feel good, we may not be able to walk comfortably and that could affect our appearance and confidence.

A pedicure is able to prevent many feet problems like calluses, in-growing toenails, toenail infections and cracked heels. A pedicure treatment also involves massaging the feet. Since there are many acupressure points in our feet, feet massages can be very soothing and relaxing.

A basic pedicure involves soaking the feet in warm water, massage and trimming of the toenails. In order to further soften and moisturise the feet and nails, it is common for pedicure treatments to include the use of paraffin wax as well. Nails are then filed, shaped, buffed and painted with nail polish according to the customer's desired colours. Nail art can be applied in the form of painting or by adhering crystals to the nails.

Manicures and pedicures can be done at home by yourself or at the professionals' salons. They are very good ways to relax and pamper yourself because during the sessions, you will not be able to use your hands and feet very much! Manicure and pedicures can be done concurrently, and a full session will probably take anywhere between an hour to more than two hours, depending on the type of treatment you select. For the busy executives who can only afford a little time, fret not. You may choose to have express manicures or pedicures during your lunch break. In just thirty minutes or less, you will be able to have a set of healthy and beautiful looking nails.

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