Pedicures 101

What You Need in Your Pedicure Toolbox

The popularity of pedicures is definitely on the rise. Fifteen years ago, salons were doing one pedicure for every 10 manicures. Today, that difference has shrunk to only three manicures for every pedicure [source: American Orthopaedic Foot & Ankle Society]. But what are the differences between a home pedicure and a salon pedicure? What are the advantages of each?

Probably the biggest difference between a pedicure at home and one at the salon is the pampering. The salon experience is all about luxury and catering to the client. You also receive the benefit of getting your toes cleaned and trimmed by a trained nail technician, skilled in the shaping and painting of toenails. Plus, there's the opportunity to receive reflexology foot massages which manipulate certain key areas in your feet that correspond to specific zones in the body resulting in pain relief.

Home pedicures have the advantage of being much cheaper. Depending on whether you're going to a small nail shop or to a larger spa, prepare to spend between $15 and $40 for a standard pedicure and between $25 and $60 for a deluxe pedicure that includes things like paraffin wax and foot massage [source:].

Here are some of the items you'll need if you're giving yourself a pedicure at home:

  • Footbath or small tub filled with your choice of soapy water, scented oil or bath salts
  • Something to remove calluses from your feet, such as a pumice stone or Hindu stone
  • Q-tips or orangewood stick
  • Nail clippers
  • Emery board
  • Moisturizing lotion
  • Cotton balls or toe separators
  • Towels
  • Nail polish remover
  • Colored nail polish
  • Nail base coat
  • Nail top coat

What comes next? Read on to find out how to give yourself the perfect pedicure.