The question my friends and family always ask when they hear I’m becoming a nail technician is “Will you have to touch other peoples’ feet?”
In the beginning, my response was a visceral and resounding mixture of disgusted noises, squished up noses and general discontent. And, though rarely, it does sometimes take effort to bury that reaction during a service.
While the notion of spending a significant amount of time face to face with a stranger’s foot isn’t one that’s settled quickly or easily with me, it has become less absurd.
Bear with me.
Pedicures always start with a foot soak. A long, luxurious foot soak in warm sudsy water immediately relaxes the client, but on the flip side, it also puts the nail tech’s mind at ease. For us, the soak is doing much more than putting our client in a state of relaxation. It’s also washing away the sock lint and day’s sweat in the bubbles, and the sandal-stressed feet are softened and infused with a clean smell. That step alone makes pedicures much less terrifying.
But it doesn’t stop there.
Have you ever noticed how many products are used on you during a pedicure? There’s scrubs, lotions, oils, more scrubs, wax dips, warm lotions and the list goes on. These products are just more pleasure for you, and for me, they’re products to make feet more manageable. And for those products I’m grateful.
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So if you’re thinking of trying nail school, don’t be scared of the pedicures! It’s acceptable to wear gloves if you want to, but the products and your sanitation practices will take good care of you!
My question to you: If you get a pedicure, what is your favorite part? Do you get special treatment at your salon, like those offered at Gerrard International spas?
This post was a PR Collaboration with Gerrard International.