Ever wondered what your nail technician’s really thinking when they’re giving you that fabulous pedicure? Well, it’s time to find out, thanks to SELF magazine.
Here’s what those pedicurists wish you would (and wouldn’t) do whilst sitting in that chair…
1) DON’T apologise for your feet
‘I wish clients would stop saying they have the worst feet ever and that they feel badly about having us work on them. And it can come off as disrespectful to the pedicurist that you feel badly about her job. We have seen many feet – yours are probably far from awful!’ — Frances Liang, lead manicurist, tenoverten, New York.
2) DO be decisive about your polish choice
‘It’s just nail polish, not hair dye! You don’t have to take your selection, or yourself, so seriously. It’s only temporary, so please have fun with it. We’re always happy to paint one nail as a test.’ — Donna Perillo, founder, Sweet Lily Natural Nail Spa & Boutique, New York
3) DON’T wear heels
‘Nail polish takes hours to really harden, so trying to stuff your toes into a pointed heel or tight boot and then scoot out the door is not going to work. To get home smudge-free, your best bet is to bring flip flops in the summer or Ugg boots in the winter.’ — Donna Perillo, founder, Sweet Lily Natural Nail Spa & Boutique, New York
4) DO leave your snacks at home
‘Although we aren’t performing official foot reflexology, our massage is still similar. It’s just not good for your digestive system to eat while we work.’ — Frances Liang, lead manicurist, tenoverten, New York.
5) DON’T trim ingrown toenails
‘When you have ingrown toenails, make sure to file under the ingrown area and file straight so the corner of the nail doesn’t grow into the skin. If you try to cut the corner of the nailbed with nippers, you’ll just make it worse.’ — Jin Soon Choi, founder, Jin Soon Hand & Foot Spa, New York City
6) DO show up on time
‘Nail technicians really do need the time specified in the spa menu to tend to your feet. When you arrive late, they have to rush, and in turn, your feet don’t get the attention they deserve. Just like any other spa appointment, arrive a few minutes ahead of schedule and allow yourself time to settle in and select your polish. I promise you’ll enjoy that pedi just as much as any relaxing massage or facial.’ — Donna Perillo, founder, Sweet Lily Natural Nail Spa & Boutique, New York
7) DON’T spend the whole time on your phone
‘I don’t mind when a client texts, but listening to their phone conversation for 20 minutes is not ideal while I am working on their toes. It’s disrespectful to be ignored [if I have a question or request]. It’s also inconsiderate to other customers who are trying to relax.’ — Skyy Hadley, owner, As U Wish Nail Salon, Hoboken, New Jersey
8) DO treat any serious foot problems beforehand
‘If you have a serious medical condition on your feet like ingrown nails, plantar warts or nail fungus, that’s not a job for your pedicurist. A podiatrist is qualified to take care of the problem as quickly and pain-free as possible.’ — Alexandra Calle, pedicurist, Eve Salon, New York City
9) DON’T leave your polish on for weeks
‘I see a lot of people failing to remove old nail polish on their toes, which is both unattractive and dries them out. When you leave polish on for too long, you’ll see little dry white spots after you remove the polish; that’s the dehydrating effect. Instead, remove your toe nail polish two weeks after your pedicure.’ — Jin Soon Choi, founder, Jin Soon Hand & Foot Spa, New York City