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What Should I Expect at My First Manicure Appointment?

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Question: What Should I Expect at My First Manicure Appointment?
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Many people schedule manicures for big events, such as weddings or vacations, but you don't need to have a special day planned for a manicure. You've scheduled your first manicure appointment, but you don't know what to expect. Get ready to feel pampered.

You can choose to get your manicure at a high end Salon or Spa, or you can get them in a Nail Spa. You'll usually feel more pampered when you go to a spa that offers a full body menu, but you'll usually pay less when you go to a nail spa.

You'll start with having any current nail polish removed as well your nails shaped and filed. There are many ways you can have your nails shaped from rounded to square tipped. Trust your nail technician’s advice; some nails will break much easier if they are shaped wrong. Going with the natural shape of your nail will ensure stronger nails. The nail technician will apply a cuticle cream onto your cuticles and push them down. It's not recommended to have your cuticles trimmed, but it's a very common practice to do so. If you're uncomfortable with that, tell your nail technician. You will most likely be soaking your hand while the technician is working on your other hand.

Most manicures will include a very relaxing hand massage, my favorite part. The massage will likely include reflexology techniques to completely relax your hands. Enjoy this little piece of heaven.

You'll have a hard decision when it comes to polish. Be ready to be wowed by the color selection. If you are unsure of color, perhaps a French Manicure is for you. Designed to look natural, you'll have a slight line of color at the tip of your nails that ranges from start white to light pink. You'll then have a glossy clear over your nails which will make them look amazing. Your nail technician may even be able to give you a small design on the nail for an extra fee. When I got my last pedicure, she added a cute little flower on my big toes. You'll be amazed at the talent of some technicians.

After the application of polish, you'll likely put your hands under a UV light specifically made to help dry and harden the nails. This will take about five minutes, but you must be very careful with your nails for hours after your appointment. Nothing is worse than getting a manicure and chipping the polish two hours later. If that does happen though, call your salon. Many times they'll have you come back in for a quick fix.

A standard 15-20% tip is the norm for any beauty service, manicure included.

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