Manicures and Pedicures

Just about every woman with brown skin has had a manicure at some point in her life. In fact, professional manicures have become so commonplace that we do not think about the safety or the health of our nails. First, any nail salon that you visit should be licensed (check to see if a state license is posted). The shop should be clean and orderly. Sinks, manicure stations, pedicure chairs and soaking tubs should be spotlessly clean and scrubbed between clients. Instruments must be sterilized either with a cold sterilization method or with ultraviolet light. Make sure that your manicurist or pedicurist has clean hands and nails and no cuts or abrasions on the his or her skin. If he or she wears gloves, a new pair must be worn with each client. Make certain that the ventilation in the salon is adequate as strong fumes may develop when acrylic nails are applied. If at any time you are uncomfortable with the salon’s cleanliness or ventilation, the manicurist’s technique or sterility, it is important to leave the salon. For a safe manicure and pedicure experience follow the tips below.

Manicure and Pedicure Tips

  • Always take your own manicure and pedicure instruments with you to the salon. That way, you can avoid the possibility of infections. Your operator will not mind using your own instruments.
  • Don’t allow your cuticles to be cut. Removal of the cuticle can promote bacterial and yeast infections. If you bleed during a manicure or pedicure, you also potentially expose yourself to the transmission of diseases such as Hepatitis and HIV. Ask your manicurist to simply push back the cuticle to give it a neat appearance.
  • Don’t allow the manicurist to fine the surface of your nails. This is commonly done prior to the application of acrylic nails. Filing of your natural nail will result in thinning that may require months or years to resolve.
  • Don’t shave your legs before a pedicure. Small nicks in your skin can become infected by bacteria in the pedicure water.
  • Don’t wear acrylic nails for a long period of time. They can lead to thinning of your natural nail and promote the growth of bacteria or fungus in your natural nails. The chemical adhesives used can also trigger an allergic reaction.

Bottom Line

Manicures and pedicures make women with brown skin feel well groomed, pampered and special. By following a few tips, they can be done safely and improve the health of your nails.

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