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A manicure is a cosmetic beauty treatment for the fingernails and hands, performed at home or in a nail salon. A manicure consists of filing and shaping of the free edge, pushing (with a cuticle pusher) and clipping (with cuticle nippers) any nonliving tissue (limited to cuticle and hangnails), treatments, massage of the hand, and the application of fingernail polish.

Some manicures can include the painting of pictures or designs on the nails, or applying small decals or imitation jewels. Other nail treatments may include the application of artificial nail gel nails, tips, or acrylics, some of which are referred to as French manicures.

Types of manicure

File and polish manicure:

A file and polish sees nails filed to the guest’s preferred shape, before being polished in a colour of their choice. Hands and nails are not pampered to the degree they are during a full manicure.

French manicure:

It is the unique french polish which makes French manicures so iconically unique. Pink, beige or otherwise neutrally painted ‘squoval’ nails are tipped white for a preened aesthetic.

Gel polish manicure:

These manicures see a special chip-resistant ‘gel’ varnish applied, which dries more quickly and lasts far longer than standard nail polish. Gel polishes are often set using a UV light.

Hot stone manicure:

Tired hands benefit from a soothing massage and hot stone therapy as part of this indulgent and increasingly popular treatment.

Intensive paraffin wax manicure:

A warm paraffin wax is applied to the hands and nails as part of this softening, moisturising and condition-boosting manicure.

Mini manicure:

This is the name sometimes applied to file and polish treatments, but it is also used to describe shorter and/or or less luxurious, manicures at some spa resorts.

Manicure aftercare

You should avoid strenuous use of your hands for up to 12 hours following your manicure, as to not chip or dent the applied polish (even polish which seems ‘dry’ may not have hardened fully until this time). Try to wear rubber gloves whenever your hands are in contact with water or household chemicals to keep your nails looking great for as long as possible.

Nail biters should resist the temptation to nibble, and no spa guest should ever pick at their newly polished nails. These bad habits are sure to undo the therapist’s good work and leave your hands looking untidy.

Consider purchasing full, or trial, size versions of the products used during your manicure from the Perfectly POSH, so you can maintain your soft hands and immaculate nails when you return home.

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