There are several different reasons people may go to the nail salon. Many people go to get acrylic or gel nails put on, but you can also go to a nail salon for manicures, pedicures and sometimes even ear piercings.

During a manicure, the hands undergo a pampering experience. The nail technician massages the hands, puts lotion or oil on the hands and may even dip the hands in a paraffin wax for the ultimate in softness. Once the hands have been taken care of, the technician goes to work on the fingernails. She will clean and clip the nails thoroughly. She may file the nails into the shape or length you want. They will also push back the cuticles and buff the nails. This gives them a shiny glow. The finishing touch is a coat of clear or colored paint. The technician will let you choose.

If you are going to the nail salon for a pedicure, you are in for a real treat. After a long day of being on your feet, getting them pampered is the ultimate experience in relaxation. The nail technician will fill up a foot bath with warm water, often with a pulsing or bubbling action. You will sit in a comfortable recliner or chair and let the warmth and bubbles relax your feet. The chair may even have some massaging options. Sit back and relax and let your worries and stress just melt away. Once your feet have had their bath, the technician will scrub the toes, clip the nails and smooth out the rough patches on your feet. Tell your technician if you are ticklish so they can be extra careful on your feet. After your feet and toes have received their cleaning and clipping, you will choose a polish to go on your toes. The big trend at nail salons these days is glitter toes. This is where a glittery polish or painted on your toes and curated under a light. The results are sparkling, long lasting polish.

When you go to a nail salon, make sure the salon has a license displayed on their wall. Make sure the technicians are experienced and that the salon looks clean and orderly. There is a slight risk of getting a fungus or infection of the salon does not take sanitation and cleanliness seriously. Be sure to ask about how they clean their tools and that they don’t share any tools with other technicians. Your safety should be number one.