What is included in a pedicure?

A pedicure is a cosmetic service of the feet and toenails. It includes various steps, including nail trimming, filing, exfoliating, and polishing the nails. Some pedicures focus less on cosmetics and more so on maintaining foot health.

Are pedicures healthy for your feet?

Pedicures are a way to give your feet some much-needed attention. But can they be bad for your feet?

A pedicure is a procedure that (traditionally) includes soaking, trimming, and filing nails; applying cuticle cream; scrubbing the soles of the feet with an exfoliating brush and foot mask; moisturizing with lotion or oil, and applying polish if desired.

Erica's dry pedicure technique includes cleansing on the feet with a Podoexpert Foot Deodorant and/or a moist soapy towel, trimming and filing the nails, cleaning the lateral folds, callus exfoliation with an efile and pedicure bits, hydrating the skin with Podoexpert foot foam, and applying polish or gel if desired. 

The benefits of pedicures include better foot health and wellness, which can lead to improved overall health. Dry pedicures can also help people with diabetes reduce the risk of developing an infection in the feet, which is extremely important.

A regular dry pedicure can improve your feet's health by removing calluses and dead skin, increasing blood flow, and reducing fungal infections.

How much is a pedicure?

A professional pedicure will usually cost around $50-120 dollars and sometimes more depending on the salon.

What are the different kinds of pedicures?

Pedicures come in a variety of types and price points. Whether you're looking for a basic or classic pedicure or an exotic pedicure like the ice cream or margarita pedicure, check out our list of the most popular pedicures to learn more!

Types of Pedicures

  • Basic or classic pedicure

A basic pedicure is a great way to keep your feet looking and feeling their best. During a basic pedicure, your nails will be trimmed and filed, and any rough skin will be removed. Your feet will then be soaked in a warm bath, followed by a gentle massage. Finally, your nails will be polished with your choice of color.
A classic pedicure is similar to a basic pedicure, but it also includes the application of a mask or scrub to your feet. This can help improve the appearance of your feet by removing dead skin cells and other impurities.

  • Dry pedicure

A dry pedicure is a beauty service for the feet and legs that does not use water. The client's feet are exfoliated with an electric nail file to remove dead skin cells and calluses. Finally, the client's feet are massaged with a moisturizing cream.
Dry pedicures are popular because there is less of a chance of contracting an infection from unsanitary pedicure tubs and jets. Clients are not exposed to any waterborne pathogens by eliminating water from the service. Additionally, dry pedicures allow the nail technician to work more efficiently and reduce callus more effectively with efile nail bits.

  • French pedicure

A French pedicure is a type of pedicure that is similar to a basic or classic pedicure. What makes it special is the nail polish application afterward. It is different from a regular pedicure because it uses a light pink polish and white tips on the toes. The polish is usually applied in two coats.

  • Spa Pedicure

One of the many benefits of a spa pedicure is that it can help improve blood circulation. This is because a spa pedicure often includes a foot soak, which helps to soften skin and muscles. Additionally, a foot massage can help increase blood flow and reduce stress.
A spa pedicure is also a great way to relax and rejuvenate tired feet. In addition to a foot soak and massage, a spa pedicure often includes nail care, exfoliation, and moisturizing treatments. This combination of treatments can leave feet feeling soft, smooth, and healthy.

Finally, a spa pedicure is an excellent way to achieve professional-grade results at home. By using high-quality products and tools, a spa pedicure can help keep feet looking their best.

  • Gel pedicure

A gel pedicure is unique in that it does not use harsh chemicals or blades to remove the dead skin on your feet. The process uses a gentle, yet effective exfoliation method that leaves your feet feeling refreshed and smooth. In addition, the gel pedicure lasts significantly longer than a traditional pedicure, typically lasting around two weeks.

  • Stone pedicure

A stone pedicure is a type of pedicure that uses rocks and other natural materials to give your feet a more luxurious treatment. The stones are heated and used to massage your feet, providing relief from tension and stress. In addition, the stones can help improve blood circulation and promote detoxification.

  • Mini pedicure

What is special about a mini pedicure? A mini pedicure is a shortened version of the traditional pedicure. It typically lasts for about 30 minutes, as opposed to the 45-60 minutes that a traditional pedicure requires.
The main difference between a mini and traditional pedicure is that the mini does not typically involve the use of a foot bath. Instead, the technician will clean your feet and cut and file your nails using a small table. This is why it's often called a "chair" Pedicure.
The other main difference is that typically, a mini pedicure does not include an exfoliation treatment or massage. The focus is on the toes of your feet! However, most salons will offer add-on services like this for an additional cost.

  • Margarita pedicure

A margarita pedicure is a type of pedicure that uses a margarita mix as part of the treatment. The mix is used to exfoliate and soften the feet. A margarita pedicure involves soaking the feet in a salt scrub, lime juice, and massage oil. There is often the option to rub lime slices on your calves and soles to exfoliate them and often concludes with a margarita-scented or lime-scented scrub and moisturizer. Many nail salons also include a massage and a polish application with this type of pedicure.

  • Ice cream pedicure

An ice cream pedicure most of the time involves a bath bomb with an ice cream scent in your foot bath to go with your pedicure treatments.

  • Paraffin pedicure

A paraffin pedicure is a luxurious treatment that is perfect for revitalizing tired feet. The treatment begins with a soak in a warm, fragrant bath. Next, the esthetician will apply a layer of paraffin wax to each foot. The wax is then heated until it is liquid, allowing it to be easily absorbed by the skin. Finally, the nail technician will massage each foot and cover it with a pair of socks to allow the heat and moisture to penetrate the skin. The results are beautiful, soft feet that feel incredibly smooth and hydrated.

Athletic pedicure or Sports pedicure

Athletic pedicures are a specialized type of pedicure that is designed for people who participate in physical activities, such as running or cycling. They differ from regular pedicures in a few ways. First, the technician will typically use a stronger callus remover to get rid of any tough skin on the feet. This is important because rough skin can lead to blisters and other injuries during exercise. Second, they will often use a more abrasive scrub to remove any dead skin cells and dirt that may have built up on the feet. This helps keep the feet clean and free of bacteria that can cause foot odor. Finally, they will often apply a thicker layer of moisturizer to help protect the feet from becoming dry and cracked during exercise. The massage that concludes this pedicure is designed to relieve pressure points and restore blood flow to the feet. By massaging the soles of the feet, an athletic pedicure relieves muscle tension and provides comfort to overworked feet.

What is a chocolate pedicure, wine pedicure, milk and honey pedicure, rose pedicure, etc.?

Pedicures named for milk and honey, wine, roses, and chocolates go along with the element they are named for.

There are so many types! Which type of pedicure should I get?

There are many different types of pedicures to choose from, each with their own unique benefits. Some of the more popular types of pedicures include the basic or classic pedicure, dry pedicure, French pedicure, spa pedicure, gel pedicure, stone pedicure, mini pedicure, margarita pedicure, ice cream pedicure, and paraffin pedicure.

Each type of pedicure offers its own set of advantages, so it's important to choose the one that's right for you. For example, the basic or classic pedicure is a great option if you're looking for a simple and affordable way to get your feet done, while a spa pedicure is a great choice if you want to pamper yourself with an extensive treatment.

If you're looking for a pedicure near you, contact one of our trusted nail technicians near you. We have a wide selection of dry pedicure providers so you can find the right nail salon to suit your needs.

What is the difference between medical foot care and a pedicure?

A traditional pedicure focuses on the cosmetic treatment of the feet and toenails, whereas podiatry or chiropody is focused on the medical treatment of your feet and lower limbs.

When can I wear shoes again afterward?

It is best to wear flip-flops before you get your toenails polished, unless you had gel applied to your toenails, then you can wear shoes immediately afterwards. Most of the time, if untreated, nail polish takes around 8 hours to dry completely.

What about nail polish? Is it a must when getting a pedicure?

Not at all. Many people get a pedicure without having nail polish applied. You can do/choose whatever you like!

Can a pedicure treat ingrown toenails?

Should you suffer from ingrown toenails an Onyfix professional pedicurist can help you! If you have an ingrown toenail that is infected, you might want to see a medical professional like a podiatrist. In many cases, Onyfix nail reconstruction treatment and proper fitting footwear can correct and prevent ingrown nails from reocurring.

What is a foot file used for?

You can use a foot file to buff away calluses and smooth the skin of your feet.

September 07, 2022 — Ricardo Nunez