What Is A Pedicure? Complete Procedure And Cost

Jaxon Wilder

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Pedicure treatments are quite popular among women. There are still some people among us who are unaware of what exactly a pedicure is. Today, I will help you to learn everything about pedicure, its different types, procedures, and more.

What Is A Pedicure?

A pedicure is a type of cosmetic treatment for feet. It is a Latin term where pedis means “of the food” and cura means “care”. In simpler words, it’s a skincare treatment to keep your feet healthy and happy.

This treatment is widely practiced in salons and nail spas. You can continue reading to learn more about pedicures in detail.

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Steps Included In A Pedicure

For a beginner, it is important to know what steps are included in a pedicure. Following are the steps included in a basic pedicure.

  1. Foot Bath

A foot bath is prepared using warm soapy water. In this foot bath, you can even add Epsom salt and essential oils. Your feet are then soaked in this solution for about 5 to 10 minutes. This helps to clean and remove all dirt from feet. 

  1. Exfoliation

After a foot bath, foot exfoliation is done by using a foot scrub. Tools like pumice stone or foot file are also used during this process. The heels and balls of your feet are more focused during this procedure. This step perfectly removes all dead skin cells from your feet.

  1. Nail Cutting and Shaping

After exfoliation, it’s time to move towards your toenails. The edges around your toenails are cut and filed using a nail filer. You can even ask the expert to cut and shape nails according to your choice. After trimming, a bit of cuticle oil is applied all around your nails. 

  1. Prepping Nails

After the application of cuticle oil, your cuticles will become soft. The cuticle is now carefully pushed back by using a cuticle pusher. The excess skin around the cuticle is also trimmed with clippers if required.

  1. Massage

A relaxing foot massage is the best part of this entire foot care procedure. Here, a moisturizer or massaging oil is applied to your feet. The expert will start massaging your feet gently to relieve stress. A good foot massage not only relieves stress but also improves blood circulation.

  1. Application of Nail Polish

Your toenails are now ready to get painted! The expert will first apply a good layer of base coat. Once the base coat dries off, thin layers of nail polish of your choice are applied over the base coat. A thin layer of clear top coat is also applied at the end. 

This entire pedicure session will take around  30 to 45 minutes to complete. You can have a look at this pedicure tutorial done at home. Let us now check out various types of pedicures you can try.

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Different Types Of Pedicures

Following are the different types of pedicures you must know as a beginner.

  1. Regular Pedicure

It is the most common type of pedicure done by women. Here, your feet are soaked in a foot bath, dead skin is removed by exfoliation followed by a foot massage. Lastly, your nails are trimmed, shaped, and polished.

  1. Gel Pedicure

Nowadays, gel pedicure are quite popular among teenagers. The procedure is pretty much similar to a regular pedicure. The only difference is a gel polish is used instead of regular nail polish.

  1. Shellac Pedicure

A Shellac pedicure lasts more than a regular pedicure. Here, a blend of gel and regular nail polish is used. This combination is then cured and hardened using an LED lamp for long-lasting wear.

  1. Paraffin Pedicure

Paraffin pedicure is the combination of regular pedicure with the application of paraffin wax. This foot treatment is best to make your skin soft and supple.

  1. Spa Pedicure

A spa pedicure includes a luxury soak, scrub, massage, and lotion. It helps to get a calming foot-pampering experience.

  1. Chocolate Pedicure

Chocolate pedicure is a spa pedicure treatment used to nourish tired feet. This particular pedicure includes a chocolate foot soak, chocolate scrub, chocolate mask, and chocolate lotion.

  1. Dry Pedicure

It is a type of pedicure done without using water to soak the feet. The rest of the dry pedicure procedure is pretty same as a regular pedicure.

  1. French Pedicure

You can opt for a French pedicure for a more polished look instead of a regular pedicure. Here, a white polish is applied on the tips of your nails and sheer color on the base.

  1. Wine Pedicure

In this type of pedicure, a mixture of red wine and water is used in foot baths. Here, a grape-seed scrub, grape mask, and grape seed oil are used.

Benefits of Pedicure

Many people think pedicure is only meant for relaxation purposes. You must be surprised to know that pedicure is also beneficial for our overall health.

  1. This foot treatment helps to detect nail infections before time.
  2. The creams, lotions, or oils used during the procedure help to cure dry skin.
  3. It helps to keep your feet free from dead skin, odor, and ingrown toenails.
  4. Pedicures done by experts help to boost your mood.

Tips To Consider Before and After Getting A Pedicure

There are certain things you must remember to make your pedicure treatment a blissful experience.

  1. Never trim or cut your nails just before getting a pedicure.
  2. Check if you’re having any foot infections or fungal infections.
  3. Always get your pedicure done by a well-qualified nail technician or beauty expert.
  4. Have patience if you are applying regular nail polish as it takes more time to dry completely.
  5. Make sure you wear open-toe sandals after getting a pedicure.
  6. Clean and moisturize your feet frequently for long-lasting results.

How Much Does It Cost?

Generally, a regular basic pedicure will cost you around $25 to $50 approximately. The cost can vary depending on the type of pedicure you choose. For instance, luxurious pedicure treatments will cost you about $50 to $100 per session.

Final Verdict

A pedicure foot treatment will surely make your feet look better and well-groomed. This treatment allows you to take good care of your feet and keep it free of fungal infections and dead skin.


Are Pedicures Expensive?

Yes, pedicures are expensive depending on the type of pedicure. The cost of a pedicure highly depends on the tools, products, time, and place.

After How Many Days You Can Get A Pedicure?

You can get your next pedicure session after 30 to 45 days. 

Which Is The Best Pedicure For Dry Feet?

The best pedicure for dry feet is a paraffin pedicure.

Which Tools Are Used In A Pedicure Session?

In a pedicure session, tools like a towel, bathtub, foot file, foot scrub, nail kit, foot cream, and cuticle oil are used.