Nails

Pedicure

Perfect for removing hard dead skin cells from your feet and keep your toenails in clean working order, a pedicure can be performed on both dry or wet feet, though for a more luxurious experience most opt for a wet pedicure, where both of your feet are submerged in hot soapy water to soften the skin and cuticle area. Like most treatments, methods can vary from place to place, but the result should always be touchably soft feet, with all dead and dry skin removed from the foot.

There’s few things in life that are more pampering and luxurious than a professional pedicure.

Once your feet have been fully soaked for a few minutes, your therapist will use a hard pumice stone or buffer file to remove hardened skin from the heels and balls of your feet, and then use a cuticle clipper to banish all other dry areas around your toes and cuticles. After this, your toenails will be trimmed and filed to perfection, followed by (in most cases) a relaxing exfoliation treatment to ensure your skin is next level smooth and fresh. The last stage before polish is usually a soothing cream that’s massaged into your feet to keep them soft and hydrated for days to come. After this, polish and top coat is applied, then all that’s left for you to do is wait patiently for them to dry!

So regardless of whether you’re going in for a lick of colour and a massage, or need something a little more hardwearing, getting a professional pedi is guaranteed to leave you looking down at your feet admiringly for days to come, and put a serious spring in your step while you’re at it!

Manicure

Whether you like your nails short and sweet, square, almond or oval, there’s a reason why manicures are up there as one of the most popular beauty treatments for women today. From french to gels, acrylic to paraffin, a professional mani will buff your hands and nails to perfection, and with hundreds of colours to choose from, will put the perfect finishing touch on any outfit.

A typical manicure starts with your hands being soaked to soften the skin and cuticles, followed by a buff down to even out your nails, and then a file to ensure they are all the same shape and size. There are several add-on’s that can be included, such as a hand and arm massage or a paraffin treatment, though your run-of-the-mill mani usually just consists of the soak, trim and buff, followed by either a lick of colour or cuticle oil and leaving them au naturale.

Whether you like them short and sweet, square, almond, oval or squoval, there’s something about a freshly manicured hand that can lift your mood in a matter of moments, not to mention add the perfect finishing touch to any outfit.

Today the list of manicures on any treatment menu is endless and picking the right one for you is a matter of personal preference. Pick from natural and glossy, long-lasting and bold or high fashion and fake. If long talons are your thing, acrylic nails are a great option. Here, false nail extensions are glued onto the tips of your real nails, and then sealed with a fast drying top coat which typically lasts up to a month, at which point you’ll need to get them refilled. If you prefer a more natural look but struggle to keep your nails long without breaking or chipping, shellac or gel nails are a very popular choice. Coloured gel polish is applied straight onto your natural nail, and is then sealed with a UV light. Perfect if you’re in a rush, gel nails dry as soon as they’re placed under the light, and give you two weeks of chip-free colour.