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Tips for Manicure and Pedicure Preparation

At the Skin Science Institute, we’re proud to provide you with all the training you’ll need to become a professional esthetician. Our beauty school is the perfect place for professional skincare specialist training, with detailed programs and an entire dedicated student spa.

Some of the most popular services offered in the spa are manicures and pedicures, and these double as some of the most common skincare areas you’ll be handling as a professional in the field. With that in mind, here are a few tips for preparing for a manicure or pedicure.

Flip Flops or Sandals

These are items that are often offered in a given spa situation, but many prefer to bring their own if they regularly have manicures and pedicures. These are great if you’re in a hurry and on the go, and many people simply feel more comfortable wearing their own items when they’re in a public place.


Another item that’s generally supplied by the spa is polish, but there are a couple reasons why bringing you own from home might be a better idea if you’re having polish services done. For one, if a chip or imperfection takes place later, you’ll have the ability to fix it with the proper color without having to go back to the spa. For another, you have full control over the quality of polish and the ingredients used.


In general, avoid wearing anything that has suppers or buttons in the bottoms. These items can be tough to remove if you need to use the bathroom, and they can damage your fresh nails if you mess around with them.


Always prepare to have a proper tip ready. This isn’t technically required, but it will be appreciated by your stylist and will go a long way toward supporting someone’s career in the long run.


Be sure to allot the proper time for a manicure or pedicure – there’s nothing worse than having to rush one. Pedicures tend to take around an hour, while manicures take about 45 minutes. Also consider time to let your nails dry. Make sure you’re always on time for appointments, as being late might inconvenience other customers and their schedules.

For more on manicures and pedicures, or to find out about any of our beauty school programs, speak to the educators at Skin Science Institute today.

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